Yes, this was a very mild load. I really just wanted to see how they grouped and if they group well at low pressue, from what I have learned with the Wildcat Bullets, they will tighten up in group size as the pressure increases.
I was pretty happy with the results with the 130 gr BCFBHP in the 1-10 twist at these velocites which should be in the 2600 fps range. I would think with top load 2900 fps would be possible in a 26 to 28" barrel.
Here is the pic ot that little jem. We rebuilt an old Rem 722 receiver and it turned out very classy. Basically the 25-284 is a ballistic identical twin to your 25-06 so performance comparisions will be nearly identical between the two. What can be said for the 25-06 can also be said for the 25-284 and vice versa.
These are the first two, three shot groups with the 130 gr BCFBHPs at 100 yards with the low pressure load. Nothing spectacular yet but I suspect that as the pressure increases the groups will tighten dramatically. Two grous in the .5"s is not that bad with low pressure loads. Also, is is out of a freshly machined and blued barrel with no break in.
Lerch, I would give the 130s a try at least and see what they do in your rifle. The 25-06 is plenty or rifle to use the 130 gr bullets well. This bullet puts the 25-06 and 25-284 in the same class as the 270 Win for use on deer size game. I have these bullets in stock if you want to try some. Let me know.
Oh no, that comment may get some attention [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]!!
Here is a pic comparing the Wildcat 257 bullets with the 100 gr Ballistic Tip:
From left to right: 100 gr Ballistic Tip, 100 gr BCFBHP, 130 gr BCFBHP(J-4 jacket), 130 gr BCFBHP(heavy tapered jacket), 142 gr ULD RBBT, 145 gr FBSP(prototype) and finally the big 156 gr ULD RBBT.
Come on now lerch, just order one of them new fangled 1-7 or 1-8 barrels and we will get you thowing those 142 and 156 gr ULDs for some serious 1000 yard performance [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]!!
Just kidding, the 156 gr is to much bullet for the 25-06 in my opinion. THe 142 on the other hand could be very useful but would require a 1-8 twist at these velocites. Obviously I will not post any more BC values for these bullets but I will say they shoot relatively flat compared to a 100 gr 257 bullet [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]!
Seriously though I would try the 130 gr bullets. Not the bonded core as this is not needed for what you will be doing and even for heavy deer I suspect it would not be needed but it certainly does not hurt. Just cost more to get the bonded cores.