25-06 Sendero varmint laods

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by motown, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. motown

    motown Well-Known Member

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    I just recently picked up a sendero in a 25-06. This is going to be my dedicated varmint rig this year. I just picked up some 87grain speer tnt's, 85 grain ballistic tips and 90 grain sierra blitzkings. Any of you guys had any luck with these bullets in the sendero? Im curious if the 1:10 twist of the sendero will stabilize these light bullets.
     
  2. i call it maize

    i call it maize New Member

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    I haven't experimented a ton, but the Nosler #7 best load of 57gr. of RL19 was really good in my Rem 700 and the NBT 85gr. This is a max charge according to manual. I am not a very proficient marksman and this shot 1.12" @ 100 in a 1976 BDL.

    COAL of 3.250
    0.060 from the lands

    At the same D2L, this load was better than H1000, Big Game, RL15, W780 and IMR4064. The H1000 I believe will be equally as solid with a little work.
     

  3. motown

    motown Well-Known Member

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    Thanks maize. Anybody else have any pet loads?
     
  4. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

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    10" twist is fine with those bullets. I used IMR 4064, don't have my data book handy at the moment, with Sierra 87 gr in my 10" twist 25-06 and it was a one hole shooter and would red mist a ground hog. I mainly use my 25-06 with 49 grs IMR 4350, CCI 250 primer, Rem case and 117 Sierra Pro Hunter flat base bullet for deer. 3000 fps, shoots bug holes at 100 and 1 1/2" at 300 yards and kills deer BANG FLOP.

    My buddies Sendero loves 52 grs IMR 4350 with 100 gr Sierra sp and 52 grs H-4831 with 117 Sierra, Rem case, CCIBR2 primers.
     
  5. motown

    motown Well-Known Member

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    Thanks RT i'll give the speers a try with some 4064. I have a bunch of 4350 as well so i'll try it with 100 grainers and see how that works out.
     
  6. mrbigtexan

    mrbigtexan Well-Known Member

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    The best group i have ever shot in my life is with the 87gr tnt's through my 25-06 with h1000 powder.
     

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  7. i call it maize

    i call it maize New Member

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    That's fantastic. There's a few powders that are not thought of necessarily as "typical" 25-06 powders that show promise. H1000, RL25, 7828SSC, to name a few, fill the case and get in the ballpark velocity wise at a slightly lesser pressure.
     
  8. johnnyk

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    I tried the 75gn Sierra HP with IMR4064 and CCI BR2's. I tested from 47.5gn to 51.0gn in 1/2 increments. Velocity averages ranged from 3322 fps to 3611 fps. The best accuracy was @ 49.5gn (3543 fps) and was essentially one hole.
    These loads were developed in my .25-06 Sendero SF back in 2005. I did try the Hornady 75gn VMax with this same powder/primer combo but accuracy was never there like with the Sierra's. I have never really used it for varmints, other than the occasional crow, but it is hell on whitetails with the 115gn Berger VLD.
    Now that I have mentioned the Berger, let me just say if I were regulated to one bullet for the .25-06, be it varmint or deer, I would choose the 115gn VLD. These have shot "playing card" sized groups @ 700yds with my Sendero. That is "gud enuf" for ye ole ground hog setting at the back of the pasture.
    Great cailber and rifle. You're going to love it.
     
  9. old seadog

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    My old Rem 700 that I bought used in 1974 loves IMR4350 with the 87 grain Sierra and also the 100 gr Hornady.
     
  10. newmexkid

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    I'm using near max loads of IMR 4350 with Sierra 90 grain bullets, (# 1616). They shoot great in my .25. Coyotes don't know what hit them! If I ever find some 87 gr. bullets I'd like to try them also.
     
  11. Catahoula

    Catahoula Well-Known Member

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    75 grain pills loaded with H414 and the Sierra 100 MK loaded with IMR4831 are both awesome. The Sierra MK is quite fur friendly on coyotes as well.
    Kirk
     
  12. MikeMurf0505

    MikeMurf0505 Well-Known Member

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    I am using 57 grains of Retumbo behind a Berger 115 grain VLD.
    I am getting 3248 FPS at the muzzle, extreme spread is 32 FPS, with LOTS of duplicate velocities.

    I seat the bullet up against the lanes and grooves, but not touching.

    CCI benchrest primer, Winchester/Remington cases trimmed to 2.486.
     

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    MikeMurf0505 Well-Known Member

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    And by the way, terminal performance is like you shot them with a hand grenade.
    I never saw performance like that with TNT projectiles.

    My last per load, which was also very good, was a Sierra 90 gr HPBT with 55 grains of IMR-4350.
    Retumbo gave me less pressure, and really good accuracy.

    Good luck.
     
  14. Rem700

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    I've had great luck with 75gr V-Max and imr 4831 or h4350. It has shot groups just under .3 with them. And massive damage, maybe not a good idea if you want to save pelts. With smaller whistle pigs almost being vaporized gun)​
     

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