Re: SMK wrong bullet choice?
What I think, and I own a 25'06 Ackley, is that you are using an incorrect bullet, but, not by much.
I use the 100 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip for everything, coyotes to mule deer, and it performs perfectly.
The 85 is a "varmint bullet", but (as I understand it) the 100 gr. was redesigned years ago as a big game bullet with a heavier jacket.
I use it primarily on coyotes, though. That bullet just steams right on through, which is what I want.
Bottom line, a single load for every thing. Makes it simple.
Good hunting. LB