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25-06 VLD Load help

Looking for a load in my 25-06 with the Berger 115 VLD Hunting. I have been shooting the 100 Grn Nosler BT for years with great success however planning a spring bear hunt, want to use this rifle and looking for something a little heavier/tougher. Oddly at 500 or less the drop on the 100 Grn BT looks ever so slightly better. Also considering the Swift Sirocco 100 Grn. Thoughts and yes a load recommendation appreciated, I already ordered the Berger's.

Its a 27 inch Shilen medium contour fluted, not certain of twist.
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    Re: 25-06 VLD Load help

    my son in law loads the 115 berger with I-4350. are you hunting bears in az?? i would use a 115 partition.
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    Re: 25-06 VLD Load help

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    my son in law loads the 115 berger with I-4350. are you hunting bears in az?? i would use a 115 partition.
    Any starting load data? Yes AZ, I have pleanty of big calibers and have used as lite as a 243 in the past but looking for those cross canyon shots want to use the 25-06, its got Elk, Mulies, Couse, Javalina, Desert sheep and multiple dogs under its belt.
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    Re: 25-06 VLD Load help

    Last time I shot them in my .25-06 was back in 2005-06. They were fairly accurate but I wanted to try other bullets, so never bought any more.
    My powder was RL22, primer used was the Remington 9.5M and OAL for my Sendero was 2.7730", as measured from the ogive.
    I didn't push them hard but velocity and accuracy at 51.0gn was 3044fps and .390" (both averages for 3-shot groups at 100yds). JohnnyK.
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    Re: 25-06 VLD Load help

    I use the 115gr VLD pushed by 47.7 gr of H4350 out of my Sendero (26"). Velocity is 2950 and according to Berger data is a light load.
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    Re: 25-06 VLD Load help

    the load he uses only gets 2950 out of a 26 inch sendero. i think 48.5 or so. what part of az are you hunting the bears?? one thing for sure on coyotes the 25-06 is not a one of those fur friendly whussy 17 specials
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    Re: 25-06 VLD Load help

    Thanks guys, I am thinking more and more of sticking with what I have. Getting 3520 with IMR 4831 with the 100 grn BT, no signs of pressure. The longer tube helps. Have the Bergers on the way so will try anyhow.
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