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25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

 
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:56 PM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

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I have 3 one shot kills with my 25-06 (115 Berger) 1 antelope at 650, 1 antelope at 805, and a mule deer at 700. All three went right down. For the BC not being very high with a 25 cal Berger they are super impressive . I shoot mine to 1200 frequently and in mild wind it is simple to make great hits. The antelope that I shot at 805 was hit in the front of the shoulder and the bullet exited with about a 1-1/2 inch hole so I feel confident that there is some pretty good energy.
Would you be comfortable taking a shot at a 300 lb mule deer @ 7-800 if the conditions permit with your setup?
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:39 PM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

115gr vld in my 25-06ai 525 yard white-tail buck trotting across an open field, hit right behind the front shoulder destroyed the lungs and took out 3 ribs on exit... he took three more strides and piled up and was DRT. very impressed with how the bullet performed... i'd be comfortable with it out to 800 on deer sized game...
in a standard 25-06 might bring that number down to 700 on big deer...

as far as wind drift it bucks the wind better than my buddy's 300 win mag shooting 165gr sst's @ 3100 fps (i'm launching the 115 bergers @ 3340 fps) by about 20 inches at 1000 yards for a 10mph wind...

i'd say go for it... if you are not happy, like Tannergun, i'd recommend going to the AI.... be cheaper to just ream the barrel you already have than re-barreling to a 6.5.... besides you already have a 6.5! quit being so greedy how many 6.5 caliber guns do you need!

orch
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:43 PM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

Absolutely nothing wrong with a factory tube punched out A.I. in my opinion. Feed it right and it will pay dividends. I just wish Horn would make a .257" and .277" AMAX offering. A 115-120 AMAX would be sleek, as would a 145-150 in 270. But I digress...
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:55 AM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

Berger quotes 1800 fps needed for proper expansion. I personally like to be 50-100 fps higher than that just to be safe.

At around 3,000 feet elevation that combination should reach 1900 fps at about 700-750 yards. So you will be right at max distance.

The 6.5'06 will get you out further by 100+ yards and have less drift a better BC, and SD.

Scot E.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:30 AM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

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115gr vld in my 25-06ai 525 yard white-tail buck trotting across an open field, hit right behind the front shoulder destroyed the lungs and took out 3 ribs on exit... he took three more strides and piled up and was DRT. very impressed with how the bullet performed... i'd be comfortable with it out to 800 on deer sized game...
in a standard 25-06 might bring that number down to 700 on big deer...

as far as wind drift it bucks the wind better than my buddy's 300 win mag shooting 165gr sst's @ 3100 fps (i'm launching the 115 bergers @ 3340 fps) by about 20 inches at 1000 yards for a 10mph wind...

i'd say go for it... if you are not happy, like Tannergun, i'd recommend going to the AI.... be cheaper to just ream the barrel you already have than re-barreling to a 6.5.... besides you already have a 6.5! quit being so greedy how many 6.5 caliber guns do you need!

orch
What are your rifle specs? Barrel length & twist?
It would be great to see a AMAX in .25.
I only have one in 6.5 I have mutiples in most other calibers so the .264s need to catch up!
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:47 AM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

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Berger quotes 1800 fps needed for proper expansion. I personally like to be 50-100 fps higher than that just to be safe.

At around 3,000 feet elevation that combination should reach 1900 fps at about 700-750 yards. So you will be right at max distance.

The 6.5'06 will get you out further by 100+ yards and have less drift a better BC, and SD.

Scot E.
I took a deer at around 900 this year with a 6.5 AMAX 140 started at 3125 and it did the job nicely but was waaaay on the low end for power. I agree that the .25 is tapped at 700 there just isn't enough bullet in my book. I'm at around 1800 elev and hunt in cold weather generally. So I can expect even less max yardage. I'll have to do the math.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:04 AM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

188mule, my load is 59 gr h1000, win brass, cci large rifle, 115 Berger, 3.30 coal
This is in a rem 700 SPS(24 inch tube) it gives 3125 fps @6500 ft. If I run the numbers this load gives 1900+ fps and about 1000 lbs of energy at 800 yards, so yes, plenty adequate for the biggest buck at 800 yds with good placement.
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