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Old 12-07-2013, 11:18 PM
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Re: Recommend a good bullet weight...

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When you buy a new gun there is an expectation that trying different ammo is a part of it. Don't know your budget but your going to put some money into ammo. It's the only way to find a good load.

I can tell you that anything lighter than 150gr is a waste of time. So your search is starting at 150. 180gr is probably the most common. 200gr is about as heavy as I personally would go. If you want power down range then concentrate on 200gr. The two brands mentioned before are my first recommendations. I would look for a Barne's LRX or Nosler AccuBond. Hornady Superformance SST has delivered for some of my friends.

Hope this gets you started.
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:10 PM
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Your 10" twist will shoot any factory load there is. Bullet weight will have very little affect on your accuracy. I'm assuming you're interested in long range so I would recommend starting with the cheapest ammo that uses heavier and higher BC bullets, at least 180 gr. Higher BC bullets will help you buck wind better. I have not found that expensive factory ammo is any more accurate than cheap ammo. I have shot a .224" group @110 yds with a Sendero 25-06 shooting Federal Blue Box ammo that came with the used rifle when I bought it.

Don't expect precision long range accuracy with factory ammo. If you get a good load you might get good results out to 700 or so yards, maybe more but no guarantees. If you do find a good load, buy a few boxes of the same lot because you could see significant differences between lots.
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There isn't a bullet weight that's inherently more accurate. Going with a higher BC will reduce wind drift a little though and higher BCs are associated with heavier bullets for the most part. I'd look at 180s or 200s. A factory Sendero with factory ammo will be doing well to shoot 1" at 100 yards so set your expectations accordingly.
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There isn't a bullet weight that's inherently more accurate. Going with a higher BC will reduce wind drift a little though and higher BCs are associated with heavier bullets for the most part. I'd look at 180s or 200s. A factory Sendero with factory ammo will be doing well to shoot 1" at 100 yards so set your expectations accordingly.
Both my former Senderos, 25-06 and 300 RUM shot factory ammo sub 1/2 MOA. Not saying that's always the case, but definitely possible.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:15 AM
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I wouldn't go above 180gn for your situation. This will carry the mail to 600yds. As for factory fodder, I would get something with either the Nosler Ballistic Tip or AccuBond in it. Either of these through both lungs equal death.
With the Barnes bullets you can probably drop back to 165gn and still complete your goals. They are a little more expensive but damn tough bullets.

I only use reloads and this year I have been using the 140gn AMax in my 6.5-284Norma and all I can say is "Damn!" As of Saturday, I have filled my NC Big Game Tag(s) out, completely. 6 bullets, 6 deer. Longest shot was 420yds on a big doe, closest was a head shot at 140yds. Five of the six were DRT. The only exception was a doe I shot at 200yds with 115gn Berger in my .25-06. Punched through both lungs and she ran approx. 75yds across the bean field. Head going down and tail spinning.

Regardless of the bullet, shot placement is the key. JohnnyK.
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