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First attempt at reloading 115 VLDs in my 25-06

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Old 07-30-2011, 12:39 PM
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Re: First attempt at reloading 115 VLDs in my 25-06

Just got back from the range and the 110 A.B. went 3,056 average of 4 shots @ 53gr of RL 19. Seems there is room for a little more as these showed no sign of being hot. 1/2 MOA or a little less without fussing over things. Just line her up and touch her off. Could be this seasons whitetail brew.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:31 PM
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Re: First attempt at reloading 115 VLDs in my 25-06

Thx for the info on the velocity. I am going to try to get these 115 VLD to shoot at 3k or more. It will be perfect for a longer range mule deer shot down here in New Mexico. When I say longer range, that means 600 yards for me. Once I get this load down to where I want it, I am going to start shooting at 10" steel plates at varying wind speeds from 700 yards on in. Trying to understand the wind effects can be taxing on the patience!

I dont know if you have ever used the VLD's before. I have not. I have never used the accubonds either, only the 100 gr barnes. If I get a shot at a muley this year, I will try to recover the bullet and get some pictures of the damage in the chest area that it does and post them on here.
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:14 AM
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Re: First attempt at reloading 115 VLDs in my 25-06

Cool. I was down New Mex way in '07. Hunted coyote with a call maker friend of mine. It was blackpowder Mulie season when I was down. We hunted between TX and Carlsbad. I saw a bunch of country and came to the conclusion you all live in a hunting paradise. Up here you don't make a move without permission. Everything outside state land is posted. I just reveled in being able to hunt mile after mile of open hunting land. My personal brass ring is to come back someday for a Barbary sheep. Saw some tracks the last afternoon but didn't have time to follow up for a look.
I'd sure love to see your Mulie pics should you nail one. The fella I was visiting had a 200+" N.M. monster on the wall. Makes me wonder why I have 6 Colorado deer points .
The 25 Otter is a great round. Simple,straight forward and user friendly. Mine shoots just about everything well. The 110 AB went under .5 MOA yesterday. The 85/87gr ballistic tip type bullets will bug hole with regularity. 100gr Speer HP = more bug hole groups. 117gr Hornedy SP are easily under .7". Better if I drop the charge a little,but I like the 117 a little on the warm side. Just a joy to work with. RL 19 & IMR 4350 are the powders of choice. Happy hunting .
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:58 PM
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Re: First attempt at reloading 115 VLDs in my 25-06

my 2506 likes 56.5 grains of h1000 with 115 vlds. H1000, Retumbo, and Magnum can get you up to 3100. I've not chronographed mine yet. But, berger's load data shows velocities over 3100 with the powders mentioned above. H1000 just happened to be more accurate in mine.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:45 PM
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Re: First attempt at reloading 115 VLDs in my 25-06

The .25-06 does seem to be an easy round to load for. I have owned and shot a Sendero SF for several years now and it has always given great accuracy with most every bullet I have tried in it.
I am currently loading 54.0gn of RL22/BR2 with the 115gn Berger Hunting VLD and getting .3" and averaging 3100fps. I just loaded up a couple dozen this afternoon to do some testing at 500yds with later this week.
I have burnt alot of RL22 in mine but it adapts easily to other powders. Mine shoots bug holes with the 100gn Ballistic Tip and Barnes TSX (one bad arse little bullet!) at approx 3300fps. It also loves the 115gn Ballistic Tip and 117gn Sierra. I push those at 3050fps and they are great deer stoppers.
My favorite varmint bullet has been the 75gn Sierra HP using IMR4064/BR2's. This load runs at 3500+fps and shoots bug holes. Crows turn in to black powder puffs when hit with these.
Back in 2005 I tried the 110gn AB using 54.5gn RL22. Accuracy ran about .6" at best and velocity was approx. 3271fps. I may try them again but use different powders.
I just loaded up some 115gn FB Barnes X bullets today. I loaded 3 and tried them at 100yds. Didn't chrono them but accuracy ran about .75" for 3 shots at 100yds. Not too concerned with their accuracy considering their intended purpose. I have a 200-300lb boar that's scarfing my corn and scaring off my bucks. More on this later. JohnnyK.
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