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25-06 Ladder Test

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:50 AM
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Re: 25-06 Ladder Test

For ladder testing I shoot two shots for each load and I only vary my loads by 2 tenths of grain to really find the sweet spot. And I take some poster board and draw a 'crosshair ladder' and for each 'rung' of the ladder I label each with a number or letter for which load I am shooting at that aiming point so I don't mess up and lose track of which bullet hole is what. I prefer to label loads by letters so there is no screw up in the ammo box (I write the letter on the primer), I choose this over numbers for the fact that a 6 could be mistaken for a 9. I have tested well over 20 different loads in one rifle just trying to get that sub 1/2 moa.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:05 PM
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Re: 25-06 Ladder Test

From reading your thread it sounds like you are not only looking for a load but haven't fully settled on a powder yet either. In that case I suggest you try Reloader 22 for your 25-06. I have tried a whole laundry list of powder/ bullet combos in several different rifles and Reloader 22 gave me better accuracy, consistency and higher velocities than anything else I tried. It's simply the best thing I have found for the 25-06 and has made a huge difference for me.

My current hunting load consists of neck sized Winchester brass, a Winchester WLR primer, 51.5gr of RL22 and a 110gr Nosler Accubond seated .015 off the lands. This load is conservative and shoots amazingly well out of several different quarter bores in my stable.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:36 PM
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Re: 25-06 Ladder Test

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From reading your thread it sounds like you are not only looking for a load but haven't fully settled on a powder yet either. In that case I suggest you try Reloader 22 for your 25-06. I have tried a whole laundry list of powder/ bullet combos in several different rifles and Reloader 22 gave me better accuracy, consistency and higher velocities than anything else I tried. It's simply the best thing I have found for the 25-06 and has made a huge difference for me.

My current hunting load consists of neck sized Winchester brass, a Winchester WLR primer, 51.5gr of RL22 and a 110gr Nosler Accubond seated .015 off the lands. This load is conservative and shoots amazingly well out of several different quarter bores in my stable.
Thanks for the tip, I see you are in GA. Do you get to shoot in very cold weather? I have been trying to stay with the extreme powders for their consistency in different temps. I have stayed away from the Relaoder powders for that one reason.

thanks, gary
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:09 PM
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For ladder testing I shoot two shots for each load and I only vary my loads by 2 tenths of grain to really find the sweet spot. And I take some poster board and draw a 'crosshair ladder' and for each 'rung' of the ladder I label each with a number or letter for which load I am shooting at that aiming point so I don't mess up and lose track of which bullet hole is what. I prefer to label loads by letters so there is no screw up in the ammo box (I write the letter on the primer), I choose this over numbers for the fact that a 6 could be mistaken for a 9. I have tested well over 20 different loads in one rifle just trying to get that sub 1/2 moa.
Are you saying you are using different POA for a ladder test?

thanks, gary
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:26 PM
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Re: 25-06 Ladder Test

Not cold like up north cold. Most winter days that start in the 20s or 30s wind up in the 40s-50s. Typically 2 months of cold January and February. Sometimes lows in the teens highs in the high 20s low 30s for a week or maybe even a couple. Maybe a couple of days a year with ice and snow in the northern half of the state and some years maybe not. I have hunted with RL22 in temps in the high teens low 20s and didn't even think about powder sensitivity. All loads worked just as I expected them to. You may want to just try it in your climate and and see for yourself.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:35 PM
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Re: 25-06 Ladder Test

I think I will give it a try. I like to shoot longer rangse so that is the only problem. If I was keeping it under 300 I don't think it would matter at all.
Thanks for the response I appreciate it. I have a 6.5-284 on order that could probably use some RL22 also.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:39 PM
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Re: 25-06 Ladder Test

What is the twist of your barrel? If it's the standard 1 in 10" then you're going to be limited to the size of bullet that you can shoot.

I've tried it all on my 25-06...My gunsmith pointed me the right direction when I first started reloading. Try 85 or 87 grain bullets with H4350. Work up in .5 grain incriments and shoot 3-shot groups.
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