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
Mike / Tx
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