Re: .25/06 bullet for long range
I have just recently acquired a .25-06 within the last year and haven't had a chance to do much hunting with it. However, I have had the chance to use Barnes' Triple Shock 100gr bullet in my Sendero (26" tube) for the smallish (95-150lbs) whitetail here in my home state, once! Darn motorcycle accident in Nov 03 damn near killed me!
I use 55.5gr of RL22 and Rem 9 1/2M primers and am getting around 3200fps and (really) one small ragged hole. I personally think these are the best bullets Barnes has introduced to date. I have tried the 85gr XLC (coated) in my .243 and accuracy (barely .5") is in between the TSX and original XBT (1.5" @ 100yds).
Penetration with the 100gr TSX @ 200yds was from "brown eye" to just under hide at chest. Retained weight, as measued on my Denver Analytical scale, was 99.987gr's and was a perfect mushroom. Didn't weigh it beforehand so not sure that it was exactly 100gr.
I don't have any experience with these bullets at Long Range. Not sure how they'd perform ballistic's wise at say 500-1000yds due to their monolithic design. Maybe someone else will chime in. As far as range for the .25-06 goes, I would not be scared to try 600yd shots with it and the 115gr Ballistic Tip. By the way, Sierra suggested that I use the 90gr HPBT GK for deer. I thought that was kinda small, but they say it performs flawlessly! Go figer'.
I have used a 7mm RM Sendero for almost 10yrs now for LR targets and game and have been thoroughly impressed with my .25-06. It seems to be flatter than my "big" seven, which I have semi retired until I get another tube screwed onner' (1500+ rds, mostly screaming!).
Sorry for babbling, good luck and happy hunting. Johnny K.