25-06 Good for 400 yd mulies?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by grumpyBD, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. grumpyBD

    grumpyBD Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Just as the title says....I'm looking at buying a Winchester M70 in 25-06 with a 24" barrel and camo synthetic stock. Also wondering you have favorite reload recipes I could work up to. I'll be hunting next season in Wyoming. Plenty of time to practice and work up loads.
    Thanks in advance, Tom
  2. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    Durntootin'....I've had good accuracy with the 100gn NBT and Barnes TSX using 55.5-57.0gn of RL22 and CCI BR2's. Accuracy runs under 1/2" and velocity 3300fps (+).
    110gn AB/IMR4350/CCI BR2
    48.0gn = 3009fps/.4345"
    48.5gn = 3021fps/.4870"
    49.0gn = 3029fps/.6555"
    49.5gn = 3115fps/.7490"

    110gn AB/IMR4831/CCI BR2; no groups tighter than .7205" using 51-52.5gn

    110gn AB/RL22/9.5M = best group; 54.5gn(max or there abouts). Velocity averaged
    3271fps, accuracy; .669"

    115gn Berger/RL22/9.5M; 51.0gn 3044fps, .390"

    117gn Sierra BTSP/RL22/9.5M/52.0gn; 3050fps, .4790"
    115gn NBT/RL22/9.5M/52.0gn; 3067fps, .4095"

    Mileage will vary and some bullets will be more accurate in your rifle than mine and vice versa. Good luck and happy shootin'. Those mulies will never hear the rifle go off! JohnnyK.

  3. Big33

    Big33 Member

    Jul 1, 2004
    100 gr NBT over 57 gr of RL-22 goes about 3400 or so out of my m700. I whacked a nice 3x4 muley two weeks ago at 394 yds with no hold-over, so to answer your question, yes.
  4. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    I've taken a few pretty good sized whitetails at nearly 500 yards with a 25-06.

    That was several years ago, I used factory Hornady loads...117 grain BTSP's.

    I'd say it would do a fine job on mulies too.
  5. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    Yes a 25-06 will get it done just fine at 400 to 500 yards. I and my hunting buddy have killed some big body white tails out to a bit over 500 yards with the 117 gr Sierra's with either 52 grs H4831 or 49 grs. IMR 4350.
  6. Chopaka81

    Chopaka81 Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    Yes! There is no doubt that a 25-06 will do the job.

    On a whim last year I bought a 257 WBY Vangard. I have been getting outstanding results with Nosler 110gr AB's. I recomend you give that load a try.

    This year I did a bang flop @ 385 yds (lasered) on a 4pt mule deer using my 270 Win, 130gr Sierra SBT @ 2950 fps. Nothing special, but a very accurate load. Based upon the post-mortum analysis of the wound channel, I would have been just as well served with my 6mm Rem and it's Sierra 100gr SBT @ 3000 fps load.

    With very little effort you should be able to get 3150 fps using a Nosler 110gr AB out of that 25-06 and this is why I think it will "do the deed" out past 600 yds. gun)
  7. VarmintGuy

    VarmintGuy Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    GrumpyBD: I have taken several Mule Deer with the 25/06 at the 300 yard plus ranges - never anything in the 400 yards though.
    I have taken Antelope right at 400 yards with the 25/06 though and I coached my middle son to take his first Antelope Buck at exactly 400 yards (Leica lasered) with his Remington 700 in 25/06.
    Good rest, patient shot choice and properly placing the shot and yes the 25/06 is definitely a 400 yard Deer cartridge.
    I heartily recommend the Nosler Ballistic Tips for Mule Deer and Antelope.
    Good luck this fall.
    Hold into the wind
  8. grumpyBD

    grumpyBD Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Thank you all for the info. I went ahead and bought the rifle. It was a good choice. I'm currently running 100 gr Barnes TSX out at 3250fps. I'm searching for a good OAL now. I've shot 1.5" groups at 200 yards so far. Just need more range time to dial in.

    Thanks again, Tom
  9. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2003
    I've taken coyotes, antelope, deer, elk, and black bears with the 25-06 out to 600 yards with the 115g NBT at 3200fps.

    Id use a 115 over 100 for LR any day. 100s will work out to 400-500, but the 115s work out to at least 600, and I bet they would kill at 700, just never had the oppurtunity to push it that far on game.
  10. FreeTrapper

    FreeTrapper Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    I was just discussing this caliber with my brother who has been shooting it for a number of years. He shoots long range frequently on his cattle ranch in hunting deer and coyotes. He reports that 4 years ago, he shot a muley buck at a lazered 525 yards with his Ruger M77 in 25-06 using handloaded Nosler Ballistic Tip. Shot went higher on the shoulder and damaged the spine. Deer crumpled up right there and never moved. He swears by that bullet in both the 25-06 and his .257 Roberts.

    I shoot a 25-06 in a Remington M-700CDL and have been using Nosler 100 grain ballistic tips for year round shooting and deer hunting. I have been taking advantage of this calibers ballistic capability and running velocities with this bullet at 3500 fps. IMR-4350 performs well here.
  11. grumpyBD

    grumpyBD Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    I'm thinkin' of experimenting with the Ballistic Tips too. 3500 fps? Wow ! I'm hoping for 3300 fps +.

    Thanks, Tom
  12. BillR

    BillR Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Bought my first .25-06 in 1968 when it was a wildcat and have been shooting that cartridge ever since. At one time I owned 5 of them. Did I say I like the .25-06 by the way. :) I could not even begin to tell you how many deer I have shot with it. For most of those years I used the 117 Sierra SPBT Gameking bullet. I have taken 1 Whitetail and 1 Antelope at around 700 yds but for the most part they have been between 100 and 400 yds. Both shots killed at 700 but neither one of them had much for bullet opening at those distances and just a small hole going in and going out. Very little meat damage on either. The White tail was a bang flop and the Antelope was about 6" too far back and I had to follow it for quite a distance before it expired. I'm now using the Berger 115 in a .25-06 AI and it will get er done.
  13. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Funny how this thread is still kicking after two and a half years!

    Yes, the .25-06 is very effective on mule deer at 400 yards. Absolutely. I'm using the 115 Berger VLD over a stout charge of Retumbo. Nice combo. Good accuracy, good velocity. The bullet is very deadly on deer sized game.

    Regards, Guy
  14. C.B.

    C.B. New Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    I will just keep it going a little longer. Shot a damage doe , just the other day using Factory Federal 100gr NBT at a ranged 526 yds. Have some 115VLD Bergers to shoot throught the chrony and ladder test,have not found the time to shoot them yet.