25-06 ai

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  1. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Going thru some data for this caliber even though I have a ways to go before I can sit downand start reloading ( Get scope zero'd in....fire form my casings...etc)

    I come across this load that sounds REAL interesting..
    55grains of RL-22. 115 gr Barnes-X and it sails along at 3100 FPS....

    This load sounds like quite a few in the 270 or 264 Mag or.??..class and I was wondering how a 115-120 gr slug at 3000 Plus fps performs for others.

    Any help appreciated
     
  2. Sako7STW

    Sako7STW Well-Known Member

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    That is slllllloooooooowwwwwww. I was just reading an featured article on here about the 25-06 AI and it has me thinking as well. The .25-06 and .25-06 Improved RL-22 is not a choice powder for that round I believe. I think he was throwing 120gr pills around 3320 FPS. I bet with the TTSX's lower pressures and lighter weight you would see closer to 3400+! That is nearing .257 Roy status.
     

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    Sako7STW Well-Known Member

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    Forgot to mention, my dad has hunted with the .257 Roy for 40 years now and I can attest, it is an elk killing machine!!! Even with the 100gr bullets he likes to shoot. I now have him shooting the 110gr accubond.
     
  4. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply and especially the added info.

    Sully
     
  5. 112Savage

    112Savage Well-Known Member

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    With the AI you should be able to beat 3100 fps by at least 150 fps with 115 grain bullets. I would expect quite a bit more.

    Today I went out with 59.5 grains of Retumbo and a 115 grain berger seated into the lands. The slowest load was 3125 average and the fastest was 3250? The 3250 was quite perplexing because the only difference was the primer. I would think with the right 115 grain bullet and a 26" barrel one could get 3300 fps out of the 25-06AI
     
  6. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Mucho appreciated!
     
  7. 112Savage

    112Savage Well-Known Member

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    I would like to clarify, that load was out of a standard 25-06 barrel and, my load is safe in my rifle etc... work up.
     
  8. JeffP40

    JeffP40 Well-Known Member

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    In my 6.5-06AI I get 3200 with 120s and 3500 with 100s. With 4831sc and 7828, the pressure is right at the top. With Hunter, it reaches those speeds pretty easily, brass is lasting longer.
     
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    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Great news Jeff. Id be more than happy with 3200 using 120's or 117's. Thats just flat getting it!...lol
     
  10. orch

    orch Well-Known Member

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    Hey there,


    been shooting my 25-06AI for almost 2 years now and am having great luck with 115 bergers and Reloader 25... 3330fps is my accuracy load... i think during load developement I hit over 3500fps... scared the crap outta me so i backed her of a tad :D ....

    i'm shooting this out to 1000yrds with great accuracy. very impressed with the bullet performance on game... i don't think i have had to shoot an animal twice with it, its always given me bang flops, deer out to 525 and coyotes out to 680....

    i say try rl-25 or Retumbo like 112savage recommended or maybe imr 7828 and you wont go wrong...

    orch