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Old 09-04-2011, 09:16 PM
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Re: 115 gr Berger VLD load for my 25-06

I decided to also take up the challenge. I have loaded up a test group of loads for my 25-06 with the 115grain VLD's. Instead of using H4831sc I decided to go a little different route. I loaded up with Retumbo. According to Berger's data, they should still be quite fast and will see how they are for accuracy. Mine are loaded with a start load at 57.5 grains in .5 grain increments up to 61 grains. If Berger's data is correct, then I should be well over 3000 FPS and hovering around 3100 FPS. I loaded using Remington once fired brass(in my test rifle) and CCI 250 Primers. The loads started to compress at 60 grains. It will be interesting to see what happens for accuracy. There are 8 three round groups total. My COAL is 3.285". Currently, I am .035 off the lands. I will post results tomorrow. Oh yeah, the rifle is a Ruger MKII walnut stock. This rifle was around .6" consistently with Barnes 100 TSX. Stay Tuned. Results to come.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:48 PM
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Re: 115 gr Berger VLD load for my 25-06

The results from Retumbo. You are right, these VLD's can be hard to find a load for. How far were you off the lands?





I have two charges that merit a little extra work or attention. the 59grain and 60 grain loads. I will be working with the 60 grain load first as it had the smallest group size. I will see if I can't get that ES down into the low teens or single digits. 26 fps ES is not quite into the acceptable range but I think I can improve it. I have several other primers that I would like to try. These were loaded with CCI 250's. I would like to try some BR-2's and perhaps some CCI 200's. I would also like to try working with my seat depth a bit. I think that there are two nodes here for sure. I will also be working with the 59 grain load in a similar fashion. I couldn't believe that this bullet was extreme in its accuracy. Either it was approaching a small group or was way out in left field. There was no middle ground at all. The Barnes that this rifle has been shooting were no where near this radical or unpredictable.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:55 PM
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Re: 115 gr Berger VLD load for my 25-06

I found my best accuracy with H4831SC with the bullets seated right at the lands. I was also using BR-2 primers. When I put a round in to see how it would feed, the bullet had slight rifling marks on it when it was ejected out.

I tried retumbo but I just couldn't get it to group well. I will be trying it again just to see but wasn't too happy with it on the first go around. Hope yours goes better.

I will be trying 53.5 and 54 gr of H4831SC again but doing 4 round groups through a chrono to see how fast it is going. Will post those when I get to the range again.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:05 PM
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Re: 115 gr Berger VLD load for my 25-06

You guys need to try IMR-4831 with the 115's. You will find more velocity and accuracy over h4831.
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:20 PM
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Re: 115 gr Berger VLD load for my 25-06

I was using IMR 4831 with my load for 100 grain TSX. It worked well with that bullet. However, I am pleasantly surprised with the velocities that Retumbo is offering. I am faster with Retumbo and the 115 grain VLD than I was with IMR 4831 and a 100 grain TSX. Go figure right? That tsx load was hot too! I have a few more test loads for tomorrow that I will post the results of when I get them. I have found a load that is under an inch with a SD of 9 fps!! I am trying some different seat depts to see If I can can bring the group in a little bit. I am also trying some with a different primer than the original load. It will be fun to see what happens.
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:35 AM
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Re: 115 gr Berger VLD load for my 25-06

Firecat, why is there such large diffrences in the fps of the same loads? Brad
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:24 AM
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Re: 115 gr Berger VLD load for my 25-06

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Firecat, why is there such large diffrences in the fps of the same loads? Brad
Could it have something to do with neck tension?
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