March 1998

Remington Model 700 BDL Edges Out Ruger, Savage .25-06 Rifles

In looks, workmanship and handling, we felt the Remington was superior to the Ruger Model 77R Mk II and the Savage Model 111G.

Nobody seems to know exactly when the .25-06 was first worked up as a wildcat cartridge. We’ve read opinions that it was 1914, while others lean into the 1920s. Most historians credit Adolph O. Neidner, a maker of custom rifles, as its originator, however.

It was Neidner’s intent to develop a varmint round that drove 80+ grain bullets at higher velocity and flatter trajectory than the .250-3000 Savage or .25 Krag, then widely used for Chucking. He achieved this by retaining the overall case length and shoulder angle of the .30-06 while necking it down to accept the smaller projectile. For a combination of reasons, not the least of which were the Great Depression, World War II, and the ex...

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