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#5423838 - 11/16/14 10:25 AM 25-06 question
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I am wondering some of the factory loads yall have been using with good success? My rifle shoots the cheap 100 grain corelokts really well. Last weekend i shot a decent 9 point at about 60yds dropped in his tracks flat on his back, less than 30 secs later he jumps up ran about 75 yds no blood trail because of no exit hole im assuming, luckily i found him few minutes later. Well last night i shot a doe at about 150yds dropped in her tracks but took a minute for her to expire, once again no exit wound. Both were heart shots, and while skinning the corelokt reaked havoc on the heart pretty much turned the vitals to mush. But if these deer would have ran any distance they would be almost impossible to find without having a good blood trail. I really like the caliber probably the most accurate rifle i have just wondering about some different bullets that has been successful for yall.

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#5423854 - 11/16/14 10:42 AM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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I use the Hornady Superformance with the 117 grain SST. My Encore barrel shoots it really really well. I used it on a Pronghorn hunt in Wyoming and took a doe at a little over 300 yards. It was a neck shot that dropped her. Blew a softball sized hole in her neck and she dropped right there.

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#5423861 - 11/16/14 10:47 AM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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Mine likes 117 & 120's, but I haven't used it in a few years!
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#5423866 - 11/16/14 10:49 AM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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If you are looking for a "pass through" bullet, nosler partition would probably get the nod. I choose to use 117 gr hornady SST's. My 25-06 shoots them very accurately and I have had good luck with pass through's. I shoot core-lokts out of my .243, again, cause the gun shoot them accurately and the bullet performance, on deer , has been great. Good luck and keep me posted on your bullet performance. Im always ready to learn more about my favorite caliber..... The 25-06

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#5424032 - 11/16/14 12:56 PM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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The smaller and faster the caliber the less I like to use standard cup and core bullets like the CoreLokt bullets. That is where preminum bullets like Partitions, accubonds, siroccos, a-frame, barnes TSX and TTSX bullets really shine. Mushroom and do enough damage while providing good exit holes for blood trails if needed.

If impact velocities are going to be above 2800fps for planned hunting with any round I use one of the ones listed above.
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#5424051 - 11/16/14 01:07 PM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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I really like the Nosler Accubonds in my 25-06. I think what I use was made by Double Tap ammo. Very accurate and knocks deer down hard. I have a lot of confidence in this load.

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#5424064 - 11/16/14 01:14 PM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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#5424087 - 11/16/14 01:21 PM Re: 25-06 question [Re: 505ed]
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Originally Posted By: 505ed
Really like these loads in my gun!!!

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/347394/...=ProductFinding

Ed


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#5424310 - 11/16/14 03:18 PM Re: 25-06 question [Re: davvy]
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If you want an exit hole, go with the partition. Or 100 grain TTSX.

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#5425655 - 11/17/14 07:35 AM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
The smaller and faster the caliber the less I like to use standard cup and core bullets like the CoreLokt bullets. That is where preminum bullets like Partitions, accubonds, siroccos, a-frame, barnes TSX and TTSX bullets really shine. Mushroom and do enough damage while providing good exit holes for blood trails if needed.

If impact velocities are going to be above 2800fps for planned hunting with any round I use one of the ones listed above.


X2. I only use the nosler custom ammo with a 100gr partition now.

Had good luck with the 100gr tsx also.

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#5425669 - 11/17/14 07:53 AM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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Originally Posted By: kagomez85
I am wondering some of the factory loads yall have been using with good success? My rifle shoots the cheap 100 grain corelokts really well. Last weekend i shot a decent 9 point at about 60yds dropped in his tracks flat on his back, less than 30 secs later he jumps up ran about 75 yds no blood trail because of no exit hole im assuming, luckily i found him few minutes later. Well last night i shot a doe at about 150yds dropped in her tracks but took a minute for her to expire, once again no exit wound. Both were heart shots, and while skinning the corelokt reaked havoc on the heart pretty much turned the vitals to mush. But if these deer would have ran any distance they would be almost impossible to find without having a good blood trail. I really like the caliber probably the most accurate rifle i have just wondering about some different bullets that has been successful for yall.


Turning "the vitals to mush" sounds like excellent bullet performance to me. IME, many heart-shot animals will run like scalded cats 50 yards or so until they die in mid-stride. A .25-06 shooting 100 gr bullets at high velocity may be resulting in more of an explosive effect than you want, however. If you desire reliable exit wounds, a move up to a heavier premium bullet of 115-120 grs may be what you're looking for.
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#5425689 - 11/17/14 08:04 AM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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My wife shoots a 25-06 and she love the rifle and I do to. I chose Federal Premium Nosler 100grn Ballistic Tip bullet. Works well. The most any deer ran is 15 yards.
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#5425722 - 11/17/14 08:21 AM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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My wife shoots here 257 WBY on dang near everything. She shot it in Africa on everything from impala to kudu and everything was DRT..entrance and exit.



The ammo:


http://www.midwayusa.com/product/537555/...=ProductFinding

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#5425762 - 11/17/14 08:37 AM Re: 25-06 question [Re: 505ed]
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#5427800 - 11/17/14 09:21 PM Re: 25-06 question [Re: kagomez85]
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I started off shooting Winchester Accubonds out of my 25-06 and the first few deer were DRT. But the exit holes were .25" and there was NO blood. I'd put them on the back of the truck and drive to the cleaning station and the tailgate would be clean. I knew that if one didn't fall where it stood I'd be in trouble and sure enough it happened. Hit one right before dark with no blood trail whatsoever. Lost the deer and haven't shot them since.

I'm using the core-lokt with great results and great exit wounds.
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