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25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

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Old 06-05-2004, 04:46 AM
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25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

I got my 25-06 yesterday and am going to start the barrel break in process tomorrow. I am going to start with a low charge of RL-22 and 117g SST. I want to shoot the 100g or 117g Sierra Game Kings for coyotes and deer out to about 600 yards with these bullets. Does anybody have any pet loads they would like to share that consist of the Sierra bullet?
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Old 06-06-2004, 07:55 AM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

The only positive experiance I have had with the GameKing bullets was with the 55gr being shot out of the 223 at deer at short range and with a moderatly slow velocity.
Other than that I've seen poor bullet performance.

Personaly I think that if you looking for a good long range deer bullet the 117gr SST and the 115 Ballistic tips are the way to go.
I've actualy worked up a great high speed load with the 85gr Nosler CT ballistic tips.
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Old 06-06-2004, 08:56 AM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

I have a remmy in 25-06 sendero tried all types of loads mine shot best with Federal Factory ammo 117gr.
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Old 06-06-2004, 02:21 PM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

I also would reccomend something besides the game king. I have shot 3 texas hill country whitetail bucks(relatively small deer) with 150 gr. game kinds relatively slowly from a 30-06. They werefrom 50 to 150 yards and all pretty much broadside shots which were behind the shoulder in all cases but one. I never had a significant peice of the bullet exit. A couple had small holes where tiny gragments of the bullet exited but no real penetration of the bullet, and definately not an exit wound that would leave sufficient blood trail for easy recovery. In all cases there were tiny fragments of lead inside the body cavity. In my opinion a bullet that is of an appropriate weight for the hunted game that will not expand reliably AND hold together and penetrate, even at low velocities by todays standards(30-06 factory ammo out of 22" barrel) does not offer acceptable performance on big game, or anything bigger than varmints. The jacket of the game king is just too thin and had is not bonded to the core, nor does it have any type of locking ring, jacket wall or partition, or even a thick base.

You dont need a premium bullet to get good performance on deer though. Try hornady interlock bullets, SST(basically interlock but with plastic tip, or my personal choice the nosler ballistic tip. The interlock and SST both have an interior ring built into the jacket to control expansion and the ballistic tip has a jacket that gets thicker toward the thick solid base. The ballistic tip is reputably the most accurate hunting bullet in production. I have no experience with the ballistic tip 25-06, but my dad is shooting 100 gr. hornady interlock out of his sako(23 3/8" barrel) and getting well over 3300 fps and really really good accuracy with RL 22, win cases, and fed match 210 primers. Hes also working on a load with the 117 gr. SST with the same powder, primer, and i belive federal cases and it looks to be pretty accurate so far. Im trying to get him to try ballistic tips.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-06-2004, 04:10 PM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

Well, close range shots dont usually happen in my part of the country. I got wheatfields, alfalfa fields, sagebrush. Shots under 200 yards are not really common where I particularly hunt. I think the Gameking will perform better at extended ranges past 200 yards due to some peoples experience of them somewhat blowing up. I have always stood by NBT's for deer, but I just kinda want to try something new ya know? If the Sierras dont work out for some reason, theres always the 115g NBT waiting for me!
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Old 06-07-2004, 05:58 AM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

i am using 53grains of R22 behind a 100grain SMK, and it is shooting 3/4 of an inch for 5 shots at 200 yards, bullet 23thou of the lands. out of a standard sako stainless synthetic factory rifle...

i have been shooting a lot of roe with them and you don't need to walk far to find the animals.
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Old 07-01-2004, 01:18 PM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

My custom Remington 700 shoot 100 gr Nosler ballistic tips at just over 3300 fps. 57 grains of RL-22. I've dropped mule deer at 400+ yards (Leica rangefinder) with one heartshot. They don't go down as fast as with my .308, but they don't get very far, either. I think the 100 grainers have ballistic advantages over the heavier bullets, just my $.02
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