25-06 Varmint loads

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by dusty roads, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. dusty roads

    dusty roads Member

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    I have a 25-06 Sendero that has turned into my go to gun for everything from deer to prairie dogs. The gun loves 115 grain ballistic tips but I am looking to load something a little faster and flatter for coyotes this winter.Does anybody have any pet reloads for the 75 grain V-Max or 85 grain Ballistic tips? (I just ordered 200 V-Max's)
     
  2. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    Hey Dusty,
    I also have a .25-06 Sendero SF and among other bullets I tried the 75gn Sierra HP. I used IMR4064 and CCI BR2's. Loaded 47.5 - 51.0 gn in 1/2gn increments. Velocity (average) ranged from 3322 - 3611 fps. My rifle preferred 49.5gn @ 3543fps. This load showed best accuracy and lowest s.d. Produces 1/4" groups. OAL 2.6100". JohnnyK.
     

  3. dusty roads

    dusty roads Member

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    Hey johnnyk,
    Thanks for the reply, that's the kind of info I was after!
     
  4. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    Here's a couple Dusty Roads -the american dream-.

    75gr v-max -49.7gr of varget -cci lr primer.
    I seat the short 75gr v max 1/4" =.250 into the case.
    I've never seen a bullet as frangible as the 75gr v max at 25-06 speeds -it vaporizes small critters and knocks coyotes down for the count.
    I have shot coyotes at 300ish yards off of shooting sticks -just aim at the middle of the coyote plus the right elevation and down they go ,killed w/a gut shot.

    85gr nbt -55.5gr of H-4831sc or plain H-4831
     
  5. dusty roads

    dusty roads Member

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    Thanks mike,
    I had considered using varget, I think I'll give that one a try. Any idea on your velocity?
    Thanks Again.
    DR
     
  6. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    Dusty -no chrono to measure speed.

    But it must be fast from the looks of dead stuff!!!!!

    I've had good luck w/varget and h-380 - varget has been more consistant day to day .

    Bullet seating can be very strange w/ the short 75gr v max -if you get a decent load -try 3 rounds 10-15K closer and 3 rounds 10-15K farther from the lands .
    I tried some rounds that were just barely into the case -looked like a shotgun pattern -.250 into the case has been very accurate.
     
  7. Texote

    Texote Well-Known Member

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    ttt for more info
     
  8. mrultramag

    mrultramag Well-Known Member

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    75 vmax-- another vote for IMR 4064. I found accuracy around 3500 fps
    85 NBT- RL 19 work up to 58-59 gr- 3500 fps and accuracy for me.
     
  9. smalltruck

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    No chrono here yet but I do have one coming. My favorite load seems to be the 85 grn nosler ballistic tips with48 grains of H414 and a winchester large rifle mag primer. Seat the bullets about .010 of the lands. It hammers the target out to 300 yards easily.

    *THIS IS WHAT WORKS IN MY GUN PLEASE PROCEED CAREFULLY*
    Howa 1500 with sporter barrel in 25-06 and Boyds stock
     
  10. mrbigtexan

    mrbigtexan Well-Known Member

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    My rifle really likes the 87gr Speer tnt with h4831sc
     
  11. Elkriver

    Elkriver Well-Known Member

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    Ok I'm 4 weeks into the 25-06 I dunno why I didn't buy one sooner but I have a stock. Rem 700 I found h414 53.0. Coal 3.200 speed no idea to cold to set up crono I have to work it a little more but it was me & a bi-pod got .450 out of 5 shoots gunna bag it on a nice day bullet was 85 noz biliatic tip
     
  12. deadidarren

    deadidarren Well-Known Member

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    i have a ruger VT 25-06 and use 60g of h4350 cci 200 primer rem case
    velocity is around 3700fps will check if you like i have it written down some where
    pressure is fine i have loaded the same case 8 times and it still doesn't need fl sizing
    and it shoots around the .480 mark.
    this is for the hornady 75 vmax


    cheers D
     
  13. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

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    Not the exact same pill, but I was running 2 different 75gr HP's in my 25-06, both with the same load, which was 55gr's of 760 in Rem brass and WLR primers @ 3700fps out of my 24" barrel.
    I was also pushing the 85gr BT's @ just over 3600fps with 54gr's of H4350 in the same brass and primer, Winchester brass ran a couple grains heavier charges for the same velocities.
    One word of caution, the barrel heats up quick with these loads, as little as 3 shots, so if you want long barrel life don't shoot the daylights out of it and let it cool. I have seen 1 25-06 barrel go bad in less than 800 shots due to being shot while too hot to touch too many times.
    IMHO, really, the 25-06 is too much gun for a prairie dog session and is better suited to big game and heavier bullets.

    Cheers.
    gun)
     
  14. CWPINST

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    I have a few 100gr. loads that have done well in several 25-06's. Velocity is normally around 3300fps and have been accurate at 500 yards. Kills the heck out of deer using a Ballistic Tip. I once shot a rabbit with it and all that was left was the ears.

    RL-22, H4831 and H4350 along with a 210-M primer is your friend.