I purchased a Remington 700 Long Range with 26" bbl approx 1 month ago. Went out yesterday and tried to work up a load for her and didn't have much success. I'm not an expert shooter or reloader so there is a HIGH probability that some of the variance in bullet placement has to do with my abilities. Also, yesterday was the first time the gun had been shot, so the bbl was broken in by shooting once, cleaned with Butch's bore cleaner, and allowed to rest for approx 15 minutes between each shot.
Using 100 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips, I started out with 54.4 grains of RL 22, then went to 55.5 grains, and finished up with 56.5 grains. The majority of these loads resulted in 1 inch groups. We then tried 3 rounds of RL 19, which led to the same results.
So my questions are: are any of you reloading 25-06 using 100 grain Nosler Ballistic tips out of a 26" bbl? If so, what type of powder are you having success with? What type of accuracy should I expect from this $750 rifle?
I can't help you with that round but,
I just picked up. A 7mag in this . I believe this gun is the better deal compared to sendero. I hope mine shows better results!
I reload, I try and keep tolerances tight. Did you use a caol gauge ? I start at like 5 thousandth off and load about five, then load some at 10,15,20 thousandths off lands. I usually find a group in there thats shoots great. Then theres different powder grain increments and so on. But you should be able to watch your groups get worse/better then tweek it.
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You may need to shoot more bullets down the tube to get it broken in. How many varies. Things I would do is to take the action out of the stock, check and clean everything. Make sure the magazine box isn't touching and the front action screw isn't rubbing on the bolt lugs. Retorque the action and make sure the barrel is free floating. My 700 seems to like Noslers accuracy load for 100 NBT with R19. I would also double check the scope mounting and I recomend lapping the rings if you haven't already.
Some of my rifles seem to shoot great right out of the box and other have taken a bunch of shooting and some tinkering. Once you get it consistant, lets say 1 1/4 groups every time for an example, then you can start working on load development and bullet seating depth.
I have a Sendero that likes the 75 grain v-max with Hogdens max load printed on the H4350 can. Another 25-06 shoots the same bullet with Varget really well. The R19 load I use the the 100 NBT could shoot better but, its dropped everything I have pointed at so I am leaving well enough alone.
I am a real fan of the 25-06 and the one thing it has taught me is that I don't have to shoot 5 shot 1 hole groups to be successful hunting. I have dropped to 3 shot groups to check accuracy/consistantly and focus on first shot cold barrel point of impact being consistantly the same. If my rifle hits the same place on the first cold barrel shot and the second shot is a 1 inch or under in grouping I am a happy coyote hunter.
Hope this helps. Hang in there you will like the 25-06!
I thought it was a good deal too. I've been looking for a Long Range 25-06... was going to buy a Sendero 25-06 but they've been discontinued. (My father in law has a Sendero 25-06 that shoots great.) I was trying to compete with him for half the price.
We were shooting at max casing length of 3.200". Didn't try to tweak overall length at all. I'm going to put in alot more work on this gun and find out what works.
Good luck with your 7mm mag. Let me know how she shoots!
Give it some time, take action out and look at the fit. Even with blocked action I will still bed the lug. Work on the trigger setting and get some more range time. Typically the sierra manual with the accuracy load will produce good results. You have a great gun now you just have to believe in it
Every 2506 I've loaded for liked IMR4350 if u have some I would try it. Also on breaking in a barrel I don't really believe in that had a gunsmith tell me the just shoot the rifle. All my rifles I get I just go to shooting them and clean after 20-25 rounds never had one that didn't shoot decent by doing this.