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Old 12-02-2012, 06:57 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

Gunsmith- I did all my load work up with a new Redfield Revenge in 4-12. Then when I could afford the Vortex I put the Redfield on my .270 So far I like it, I haven't shot it a whole lot but it seems to be repeatable. Took it on an elk hunting trip in October. Didn't get a shot at an elk but I shot a rock at 925yds first shot. I held a little too much wind so I was probably 4'' left of where I wanted to hit. Would have been a dead elk had I been shooting at one.

As far as the barrel goes I'm not sure how long it will be on there. I'm not getting the velocity I would like out of it, only 2870 fps. I believe a 27'' barrel would get me much closer to the 3000 fps mark. Sorry it took me a couple days to get back to you.

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Old 01-01-2013, 11:04 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

Thanks for the report, Justin. I doubt I would change a barrel that hit a rock at 925 yards. 2800+ is good enough if you're that close already :-) The next barrel can be your dream and accurize a new round for it. Good luck.

BTW, I'm now convinced. I want the Savage Long Range Hunter in the 6.5-.284 Norma, or perhaps the 13.5 lbs free rifle comp model. I will probably end up with the LRH, though. Carrying 10.5 lbs on my damaged shoulder won't be too much fun for many more years, let alone 13.5 lbs...

Cold Trigger - sounds like you're on top of it. My temptation when shooting a furbearer at close range with too much energy is usually a head shot and save most of the pelt, bye bye head...
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:46 AM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

Advantages, you have a great selection of brass to choose from depending on your wants or needs. If you simply want to shoot straight 25-06 cases you have several name brands of which I have found Remington or Winchester to be the better of the bunch. If you want to neck down from 30-06 you have the choices from mil surp LC to Lapua depending on how tight things get. I have used it all at one time or another.

As for reaching out and touching things at range, I settled on the 115gr weight, and from there pretty much stuck with the Partition. Most of my shooting is hunting deer and I found the Partition simply worked no matter the range out to 400+yards. The Berger is a great bullet as well, I simply didn't like the trimming I had to do on a shot at less than 100yds with them rocking along at around 3100fps.

Stick with powders in the slower ranges with the heavier bullets and nothing faster than IMR-4831 for the 100gr weights and you will get your best performance. Personally I haven't found anything that will hold up to RL-22 with bullets ranging from 110 - 115grs in accuracy or velocity within sane pressures.

I guess I was lucky with my rifle being an off the shelf Remington 700. It has shot clover leaf groups since the beginning and has accounted for plenty of meat on the table and vermin on the ground. I for the most part shot the 115's exclusively and it was no issue putting one between the eyes of a yote a 300yds or ear holeing a skunk at 287. My reply to anyone who shot it was to simply put the + where you want to hit and gently squeeze the trigger.

I passed it along to my daughter and she has used it to take several really nice bucks off our property. When I did this the 110gr AB had just hit the market and I loaded some up using the same load I used for the 115's. We had to literally drive out to the 200yd target to see them all clustered together in the enlarged one hole group. While the 110's seem to work on the deer, they haven't worked out nearly as well on the feral hogs we are trying to work on. So I switched her back over to the 115's for a bit more weight and penetration. The hogs thick hair and hide just seem to cause more superficial wounds than I would like, not that they didn't drop a few, but most would hit the ground, flop, then regain their feet and leave in high gear. With the partitions there hasn't been any issues like that. Usually it is simply a bang flop.

Anyway good luck with yours and I hope you get as much enjoyment from it as I have through the years. I liked mine so much I went a step up after passing the standard over to the daughter and built the AI version. I used a 1-9 28" Broughton on it and am loving smoking the 120gr pills out at better velocities than I could get with the 100's in the standard version. Talk about smoking a yote or hog. LOL
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:15 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

Thanks for the input. I'm going to experiment a bit with loads, nothing crazy, just to be able to reach out as far as I can with it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:03 AM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

The 100 gr SMK at 3200 is a good fox round. Quarter sized hole thru the chest do not hit the shoulder or the hole gets big. 3-4 inch hole in a shoulder coyote 1.5-2 inch hole on coyote chest shot. 100SMK is amazing on antelope and will shoot thru at 500 yards. 115 Berger is a quarter sized hole in wolf shoulder. 110 Accubond will shoot right thru an elk chest or stick under the hide on the off side.

The SMK shoots best in my Rem SPS little bug holes at 100 yards and 2 inch groups at 500 yards, but the ballistic coeficient is .382 compared to ab110 at .42ish or the Berger115 at .466

Very fun rifle to own!
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:24 AM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

I too have the SPS Version. But will it shoot the magical 1000 meters?
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:05 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

People shoot the 308 to 1000 yards with the 168gr at 2600-2800 fps all the time. That 25-06 shoots a bullet with a similar bc at a higher velocity
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