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.
None of these are hot in my rifles, but to be on the safe side, work up from a couple of grains under.
<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.
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.
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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.
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.