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#5927304 - 09/13/15 09:47 PM Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail?
Lead Kisses Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 03/01/15
Posts: 27
Loc: Dallas, TX
Tossing together a new deer rifle for this season. I've never hunted whitetail with a bullet so light. What loads have you had success with and what loads haven't you had success with? I'm most interested in what didn't work well for you. I'm thinking about trying Federal Premium Nosler Partition 115 GR if the gun likes them, or the Hornady American Whitetail BTSP 117 GR. Rifle has a 1 in 9.5" twist. Should I think about the 100 GR polymer tip stuff?

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#5927322 - 09/13/15 09:54 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
4Weight Offline
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Registered: 11/09/11
Posts: 2892
Loc: Tarrant Cty and Murray
The Hornady 25-06 SST 117 grain groups the best for me in my Weatherby. I shoot this in 270 as well.
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#5927331 - 09/13/15 10:01 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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Woodsman

Registered: 10/28/09
Posts: 232
Loc: Western Colorado
X2 on sst 117s they are the best shooting out of my sako

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#5927362 - 09/13/15 10:14 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42269
Loc: Metroplex
My gun likes the nosler red box 100gr partitions

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#5927377 - 09/13/15 10:24 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
BayouGuy Offline
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Registered: 03/27/13
Posts: 1465
Loc: S.E. Louisiana
Be not concerned about the "light" bullet of a 25-06.

The load I use is 52 grains of IMR 4831 or 53 grains of RL 19 under the Barnes 100 grain TSX BT. It's devastating on game. In my Browning B-78 either load will give me a five-shot average right at 3200 fps over the chronograph. The IMR groups are typically around one-inch for five-shot at 100 yards, with the RL 19 loads typically sub one-inch.

Below is a picture of a 100 grain Barnes X-Bullet (the predecessor of the TSX) recovered from a 170 lb. buck shot at 190 yards. The deer was North bound. The bullet entered the left ham and was recovered under the skin of the right shoulder. All of the deer I've shot with the TSX were broadside. None of those bullets were recovered because they were all pass throughs.

Bullet Options: http://www.barnesbullets.com/bullets/tsx/

Load Data: http://www.barnesbullets.com/files/2014/11/25-06Remington.pdf


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#5927394 - 09/13/15 10:35 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42269
Loc: Metroplex
I've had good luck with 100gr tsx at 3300, I wish someone would load the 80gr ttsx

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#5927451 - 09/13/15 10:58 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
JJH Offline
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Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 3514
Loc: Katy
IMO, the 25/06 is about perfect for Texas deer.

I like 120s at about 3000... flat trajectory, low recoil, and good bullet performance from plain ol' cup n core bullets.

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#5927482 - 09/13/15 11:34 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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Light Foot

Registered: 03/01/15
Posts: 27
Loc: Dallas, TX
No love for the soft points? lol I'll see what Cabela's has this week.

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#5927781 - 09/14/15 09:39 AM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
fowlhooked Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/17/05
Posts: 134
Loc: denton, tx
Ive had pretty luck with the Hornady American Whitetail. No issues at all.

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#5927808 - 09/14/15 09:58 AM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3332
Loc: Keller
Started hunting with the 25-06 last year. Took 3 deer with it, all with the hornaday sst 117 gr.

I did shoot and hit three coyotes with the rifle too, one died on the spot, other two were flank shot and ran off with good blood trails and all that but wasn't interested in tracking them so much.

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#5927810 - 09/14/15 09:59 AM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
tShawnB Offline
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Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 1023
Loc: Forney
Fed Premium 100 grain ballistics, mainly because the shoot and group well out of my 25/06 TC.
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#5927861 - 09/14/15 10:29 AM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
jmh004 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 433
Remington Core Lock 120 grain

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#5927975 - 09/14/15 11:43 AM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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Registered: 09/17/09
Posts: 3412
Killed a LOT of them growing up with 80g sofpoints..
they work fine on even big south Texas whitetails..

My dad used to say "deer just aren't that hard to kill"
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#5928001 - 09/14/15 12:00 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 27056
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
80 or 100... both are good size bullets for WT.. I like 100gr loads in my .270 also
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#5928004 - 09/14/15 12:01 PM Re: Favorite 25-06 load for whitetail? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 27056
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
110gr my bad
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