Originally Posted by Land Rover
Hi Guys, with the help of my gunsmith I have converted a P17 (M17) action to a 25 06 Remington. The top of the action has been machined flat and Leupold Duel Dovetail mounts with a Leupold VX1 4x12x40 Scope. 25" barrel re-crowned and blued, timney trigger, a hand made Walnut stock with a Anshutz type check rest and a Harris bi-pod. It still has the six shot magazine. I am looking for any comments or load data or suggested projectiles etc Basically any info anyone has to share about this cartridge. It is not a popular round here in New Zealand but from what I have read it will handle any of the game we have. I also want to compete in the local deer stalkers association range shoots.
I am wanting a Varmint round and a deer round. I already have 87gr Sierra Varmints, 90 gr Sierra Blitzkings, 90 gr Sierra Gamekings and 100gr and 117gr Sierra ProHunters. These are what I load and shoot with my .303-25 so it would be good to use them in my 25-06.
I am keen on Long range varminting for Bunnies as we have heaps of them where I live and hunting Ferral Goats, Pigs and deer- Fallow and Reds.
Any info would be much appreciated. Cheers Land Rover
IMHO, forget about using the 25-06 for varmints, it's far better as a big game cartridge.
For what you want to hunt, any bullet 100gr or heavier will do the job. I really like Nosler bullets in this cartridge, they hold up well to the high impact velocities this cartridge produces.
I am a big fan of the 110gr Accubond for deer, and 100gr BT's for goats and pigs. I've also used 115gr Partitions on fallow and red deer, they work very well, but the 110 is more accurate in my rifle.
As to powders, here's a list of loads I've used, I'm including varmint loads because like you I was dazzled by how fast they were, but learnt there are better cartridges for this, particularly the 22-250 which uses much less powder and has far less recoil.
Sierra 75gr HP, 760 55gr, Win/Rem brass, WLR Primer, 3699fps.
Sierra 87gr HP, 2209 54gr, Win/Rem brass, WLR Primer, 3600fps.
Speer 87gr SP, 2209 52.5gr, Rem brass, WLR Primer, 3600fps.
Speer 100gr SP, RE22 56gr, Rem brass, WLRM Primer, 3348fps.
Nosler 100gr BT, RE22 56gr, Rem brass, WLRM Primer, 3350fps.
Nosler 110gr AB, RE22 56gr, Rem brass, WLRM Primer, 3243fps.
Nosler 115gr PT, RE25 57.5gr, Rem brass, WLRM Primer, 3266fps.
Nosler 120gr PT, RE22 52gr, Rem brass, WLRM Primer, 3030fps.
There you go, a heap of loads in a nutshell.
Please work up from 5% below, none are maximum loads except the 120gr load which is MAX listed.