Originally Posted by WV Mountain Man
Let me share some thoughts on the 25 WSSM that may help in your decision. Our family purchased 3 Winchester Coyote 25 WSSM rifles (1 for my dad, 2 for the boys). These rifles were bought for Christmas, two years ago. After switching scopes (no junk - a Nikon and a Burris target scope) and trying countless powder's and bullet's I am about ready to trade the Coyote of my son's off for another rifle. Two of the three rifles have yet to shoot a group under an inch with any load. Not too good for a heavy barrled rifle like the Coyote. I would not recomend this gun from my experience. :mad:
I have worked on several 25 WSSM Coyotes and found the same problem .
After a complete blueprint of the action and a full bedding and floating of the stock
they still did not shoot better than 1" groups.
Using up my last 'ace in the hole' I decided to lap the barrels "BINGO" that did the trick.
What I found was very bad barrels on them ( The bore had tight spots That had to be
lapped out to make them uniform ) .
After lapping accuracy improved to less than 1/2 inch groups.
Note: I only lap after every thing else has not fixed the accuracy .If that does not do
it then it's time for a new barrel.
There appears to be nothing wrong with the 25 WSM cartrige just the rifle ( Coyote ).
However I have not had the same trouble with other WSSM's and WSM's so it may be
just the 25 caliber barrels.
Its hard to come up with a good varmint / deer combo in 25 caliber so I would look at the
243 WSSM for this. Also ammo is more available.
Hear's a compairson.
Velocity with 100gr bullet 3200 ft/sec avg. ( good for deer ).
85 gr bullet 3350 ft/sec avg.
55 gr bullet 4100 ft/sec avg ( A great varmint round )
Velocity with 100gr bullet 3275 ft/sec avg. (good for deer ).
85 gr bullet 3500 ft/sec avg. (The smallest that is recimended to shoot in the 25.
I hope this will help in your decision.
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