257 Roberts, 257 Roberts Improved (28 deg),, 257 Roberts Ackley Improved (40 deg)óWhich caliber to build or buy a rifle inÖ.????
Iím curious what the consensus would be on which 25 caliber to pursue for a ďwoods rifle for light skinned game and occasional varmint controlĒ.
The 257 Roberts, and itís ďImprovedĒ versions, holds a lot of interest to me. It has held its own as a ďquarter boreĒ since the 1930ís for sure. Ken Waters picked it as his favorite ďsmall boreĒ. In 1948 Colonel Whelen stated he had come to prefer the .257 Roberts and .270 Winchester over all other cartridges for the taking of American big game. Jack OíConnor also sang its praises. Iím sure some of you have some great memories of the caliber too, or heard stories from Dad and Grandpa on how the 257 Bob put meat on the table for them.
Iím kind of a nostalgia kind of guy, and the great old guns and calibers hold a strong attraction. I just turned ďfour deuceĒ, so Iím old enough to be old, but not old enough to have walked into the hardware store and seen pre-64 model 70ís in the rack.
257 Roberts is one caliber Iíve never had a rifle in and for some time have been pondering what that rifle should be. This is a rifle that will get used, it will get battle scars over time. Used for small pests, coyotes, and up through deer size game.
Ruger offers the 77 in 257 Roberts, so that is one possibility for a store bought solution. CRF, 3 position safety, good features.
What about buying a Ruger and reaming it out to one of the ďImprovedĒ versions? I load all my ammo, so store ammo availability isnít an issue. What is the pros/cons between the 28 and 40 degree versions? Is their feeding issues?
The 257 Roberts Ackley Improved (40 deg) sure looks good data wise. Load books show it pushing a 120 grain bullet right at 3000 fps and 85 grain at 3500 fps. The standard Roberts pushes a 100 grain bullet over 3000 fps, and the 85 grain at 3300+ fps.
So, which one do you prefer and what are your experiences out of the three different 257 Roberts? What about barrel length? 20Ē is ok for the woods, 22Ē is tolerable and 24Ē is too much
Of course, itís all about nostalgia because the 25 WSSM and 25-06 does the same and at a faster clip to bootÖ.
Whatís your opinion?