Re: 25-06 long range load
I use a 25-06 most the time, I'm a fan of 257 cal...
Mine is a Ruger MkII Target/Varmit model 26 inch stainless bbl...
it's a decent gun... topped with a Leupold 6.5-20x50..
Groups vairy depending on how long you let the barrel cool... it's a semi heavy barrel.. but shooting 3 shots at 200 yards in 2 minutes yeilds like 2.3 inch groups... 3 shots in 10-15 miniutes yields 0.95-1.00 inch groups at 200 yds.. 1/2 moa... okay, but nothing to brag about..
I have shot only 3 dif bullets, the 75 Sierra HP's, the Nosler 85 BT's, and Berger 115 VLD's
The Bergers are the most accurate...5/8 to 1/2 moa or less...
I seat the 115 VLD bullets just touching the lands... CCI BR-2 primers, Rem case (extensively prepped), 53.0 of Re-22
good case life...
You could go hotter if you back the bullet away from lands... but those VLD's work better from what people tell me seated touching or into the lands... I e-mailed Walt Berger, and he told me generally that is pretty much true..
The 85's are good, groups are between 5/8 and 1.1 MOA at 100... maybe 3/4 moa to 1.2 MOA at 400 yards, or less than MOA avg..
okay for 500-600 yard coyotes...
I use between 57-59/60 grns of H4831 with the 85's 0.010-0.020 off lands..
Vel is between 3705 down to 3450 fps... the faster is less accurate and hot..
The 115 Bergers might only leave at 3100-3200 fps, but by 400 yrds are faster, and keep the velocity for a LONG time...
I have not killed a yote with the Bergers, and do not know if they expand much, I know I have seen pics of poeple who use matchkings and get great results, anyway Terminal Velocity shock "kills", no 22-250, 220 Swift, 223 WSSM (with any bullet) can hold a candle in the velocity department to a 25-06 with 115's at over 500-600 yards..
at a range (700-800 yrds)where the hottest 22 centerfires would be bouncing off coyotes,
(or esp deer)
those 25 cal 115's would rip right "through
em" with no problem..
other calibers I am impressed with (but do not have yet) are .243/6mm and .264/6.5mm.....
anyway, enough with my jabber, WORK UP to the 53.0 Re-22 in 115-117 loads.. let us know you do.
[ 10-11-2003: Message edited by: Donham ]