I just lucked into these two rifles, both built on Ruger Model 77s, both with #4 contour 27" Shilen barrels, and both very accurate. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Would like to use the 25 for wolf and caribou hunting at long range, but have no experience at all with hunting bullets in this caliber other than the 120 Hornady hollow point that I used on a Dall ram.
Actually, shooting big game at long range is going to be a brand new pursuit for me. I don't know if I will ever become competent ehough to try it. Have hunted for more than forty years, more than thirty of them in the Yukon and taken literally tons of big game, but with two exceptions it has all been at less than 400 yards.
Any way, if I do get around to pulling the trigger on something a long ways out there I sure don't want to be using a bullet that won't work. What bullet would you guys recommend for this purpose in the 25-06 AI?
I had no Complaints with a 100 Grain or 120 Nosler Partition... granted accuracy is not as good as the Ballistic tips but were only talking by a little but the performance is way better! I mainly hunted Hogs here in California with my 25AI I can remember one day I got three consecutive kills ranging from 400-490+ all were one shot kills with 120 Partitions, The 25 AI with Partitions is a real Critter Getter!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Having owned a 280 AI and thinking that it is one of the best AI, I would go with more power and bullet selection and favor the 280. At really long ranges, you'll find that the 284 bullets will usually outperform the lighter bullets both in trajectory, energy, and performance. Run out the two rounds on a good ballistics program and you'll be able to make an informed decision. I would rather be overgunned than under, especially up where you live. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]
With the new bullets on the market in .257" like the 110 gr Accubond, and the custom bullets out there like the bonded core bullets from Wildcat Bullets, the 25-06 and the 25-06 Imp are much more effective on big game then ever before.
For wolf and deer size game, I would stay with the 25-06 Imp. For the larger Caribou, I would go with the heavier bullet of the 280 AI.
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