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#6453995 - 09/15/16 06:37 PM Cheap to Feed 25-06
Hunter Gatherer Offline

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 173
My 25-06 has always shot Winchester 120 grain PEP's, and other inexpensive factory loads with cup and core bullets very well. I've been getting ready for a Pronghorn hunt and decided to go fancy. I loaded up some Nosler Ballistic Tips and my rifle was not having any. Then I loaded up some Hornady SST's and it didn't do any better. Hornady's are secant ogive, but the Noslers are tangent, so that doesn't seem to make a difference. I have no explanation for this, but I wish I knew why it wouldn't shoot these bullets better. It's not a big deal I suppose but it's more curiosity than anything else.

#6454090 - 09/15/16 07:29 PM Re: Cheap to Feed 25-06 [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
Creedmoor Offline
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Registered: 09/12/16
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I've always said that rifles have personalities. Some just like certain loads and bullets. Have you tried any Berger Hunting VLDs?
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#6454130 - 09/15/16 07:49 PM Re: Cheap to Feed 25-06 [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Registered: 11/11/07
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If you're not using a suitable powder, and in the right amount, then you'll have problems. If BTs and SSTs won't shoot at all, then there's something wrong with the rifle. But, you've indicated there is nothing at all wrong with the rifle as evidenced by its demonstrated appetite for certain inexpensive factory ammo. In other words, the recipes you were using are most likely to blame.

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#6454385 - 09/15/16 11:36 PM Re: Cheap to Feed 25-06 [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
Blanco Offline

Registered: 12/29/10
Posts: 920
Loc: Ft.Worth
Just curious what the twist is on your barrel?
I have just started loading 25-06 in my Savage Axis and it really likes the 90 Gr HP Sierras and 53 Gr of 4350
I know that probably doesn't help you with your problem, but I am very interested in your progress and results.

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#6456237 - 09/17/16 12:49 PM Re: Cheap to Feed 25-06 [Re: Blanco]
JJH Offline
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Registered: 10/03/06
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Try some IMR4350. Always been a reliable powder for me inthe 25/06. Sierra 117gr bullets usually work well, too.

#6456859 - 09/18/16 01:49 AM Re: Cheap to Feed 25-06 [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
parkj5 Offline

Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 125
Loc: Bentley La..
my sons 25-06 did the best with r22 and the 115 bt...


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