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25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

 
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Old 07-02-2004, 03:20 PM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

I have 3 25-06's and they all like different loads, but they all shoot 100 gr. bullets the best. In the Sierra line, I prefer the flat base bullets over the boat tails. The boat tails seem to be bad about shedding their cores. My favorite is the Ballistic Tip, but one of my rifles refuses to shoot them. Oddly enough they all shoot the best with the bullet about .003 off the lands.

Here are a few suggested loads with a 100gr. bullet and a 210-M primer.

52gr. H4350
53gr. N160
55gr. H4831
56gr. RL-22

None of these are hot in my rifles, but to be on the safe side, work up from a couple of grains under.
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Old 07-03-2004, 04:17 PM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

Rem Man,

I would be very interested if you could get good accuracy out of any boat tailed bullet of 115 gr or heavier out of the 25-06.

I have witnessed literally dozens of 25-06 and 257 Wby rifles that simply would not shoot them well. When I say well, I mean consistantly under moa.

All of these rifles have turned in 1/2 moa grouping with taylored loads using the 100 gr Ballistic Tip.

One of my personal 25-06 rifles preferred load is the 100 gr B.Tip over 58.0 gr Rl-22 over a CCI-250 and it is good for 3450 fps and 3/8" groups at 100 yards.

The only 25 caliber rifle I have ever got to shoot well with the 115 gr boat tails such as the 115 gr Ballistic Tip is my 257 STW which I build between other customers jobs several months ago.

It has a #4 contoured barrel of 26.5" and is a standard sporter rifle in dimension.

Using the 115 gr Ballsitic Silvertip and loaded to 3700 fps, it will average 1/2 moa with a clean bore. The barrel on it is a lower quality barrel and it fouls badly.

I have ordered a 28" Lilja to replace that barrel and with the smoother, 3 groove rifled barrel, I expect to get the 115 gr Ballsitic Silvertips to 3800 fps pretty easily.

I feel the 25-06 really need a 1-9" twist for these bullets at the velocity range they work at. Just my opinion, but it seems to be like this alot with 25-06 rifles and tipped boattailed bullets.

Good Shooting!!

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Old 07-03-2004, 04:41 PM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR> I feel the 25-06 really need a 1-9" twist for these bullets at the velocity range they work at. Just my opinion, but it seems to be like this alot with 25-06 rifles and tipped boattailed bullets.

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I agree. I just completed a rather comprehensive series of tests with the heavier bullets in a 27.5" Lilja on a custom 700. Interestingly, the best performer accuracy-wise was the Sierra 117 SPBT.

My goal was a heavier LR antelope load. I've been using Sierra MKs, 100gr., which have performed well, both in terms of accuracy and terminal ballistics on the prairie goats.

I keep trying to improve on my MK load but it just ain't happenin'!

As an aside, just got my 2004 goat tags in the mail. Another great year with three tags to fill.

And what better animal exists for the LR hunter, eh? [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]

Regards to all.

~Holmes
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Old 07-05-2004, 06:46 PM
 
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

I've had success with 140 gr. Barnes XLC's. They are a little too proud of their products, but they shoot well. If you want to save money and still shoot good hunting groups, you'd be hard pressed to beat the 140 gr. Remington Core-lokt's or mid priced 140 gr. Nosler partitions.

Best of luck to you... Nighthunter
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Old 07-05-2004, 07:57 PM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

NH264WM,

Not aware the 140 gr was available in .257" caliber, what twist does that need [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] !

Good Shooting

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Old 07-05-2004, 09:42 PM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

My accuracy load was 51.5 grains of IMR4831 with a 120 gr bullet. Grouped .5 to .7 inches out of a 700 ADL. I sold that rifle because it didn't have a LH action, and I was not too smart back then.

I never chronographed it, but I ate a lot of deer steak. Used Speer boattails. I took it elk hunting but on those days, the elk failed to cooperate.

Love the caliber. Great deer cartridge.
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Old 07-07-2004, 05:39 AM
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Re: 25-06 loads with Sierra Game Kings

Fiftydriver-

I shot another 3 shot group the other day with the same load that shot the .043". 53g of H-4831, W-W case, CCI BR-2, 3.150". This time I had 2 shots in the same hole with the 3rd touching, opening the group to .3. Still, the average 3 shot group for this load at 100 yards is in the .2's. I cant really complain about to much except the velocity. 3035fps limits it to about a 500 yard deer getter. Oh well though, I just got a .270 WSM that I'm going to start playing with 140g SST's and MagPro.

By the way, I shot a 3 shot group at 300 yards with that 117g SBT and it measured a tad over 3 inches for 3 shots. There all evenly spaced about 1 inch apart. My question is this, how can the load group so tight at 100 yards, going from .25" to 3 inches at 300 yards? It just does not make sense. It should be grouping about 1 inch, to at the most 2 inches. I was maybe thinking my scope has something to do with it. I have a VX 2, 3-9x40 on it for now, 9x is kinda small at 300 yards in my opinion. I need to hurry up and get another 6-18x you cant shoot what you cant see. I dont know, maybe I'm missing something here? Any feedback appreciated.
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