.25-06 loads


April 12, 2007, 05:56 PM
It looks like I have just been allowed a .25-06 to be added to my licence (UK laws are so much more restrictive than yours!).

Who can suggest some good loads (either deer or fox/varmint)?

Which brass is best in this calibre?
Best powder?

I suspect I will stick with Hornady or Nosler ballistic tip bullets.

Any advice welcome!

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April 12, 2007, 07:25 PM
I have just started reloading for .25-06 so I can only recommend what was recommended to me.

Sierra game kings - 120 grain.
IMR 4350 - 47.7 grains
Winchester large rifle primer.

Seat the bullet at the rifling of the barrel.

My first loads gave me just over 3/4" at 85+ yards.

Time will tell if I am off to a good start. I just took a box of Winchester brass in .30-06 and sized them down to .25-06. Should have an opportunity fireform them this weekend.

April 13, 2007, 09:30 AM
With the exception of Red Deer, or Alg (moose), anything you'd want to shoot in Europe with a .25/06 will be handled with the 100gr bullets. They are a bit less expensive when shipping is considered. My two "quarter bores" are a custom M98 in .257Roberts and a Weatherby Vanguard in .257wbymag.

I loaded for a friends .25/06 and another friend has been hunting with his for over 20yrs.

The one I reloaded for was a Cooper custom rifle. It was very accurate after another gunsmith "blue-printed" it. Not a slam against Cooper, but they do test their rifles at 45yds. Not a good judge of accuracy for a long-range rifle...... Cooper would not "adjust" the rifle bacause it met their standards. However, at 100yds, it "strung" shots vertically for ~2" groups with "everthing" we put through it. Till, that is, David Sams of Cartersville,VA (formerly of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning) set the barrel back rechambering it, and faced down the reciever, and rebedded the stock- free floating the heavy barrel.

His rifle shot the 100gr Sierra BTHP match bullet or 100gr Nosler Ballistic Tips to under 1/2" when loaded over 53.0gr of IMR4350 seated to 3.250"oal. With 51.0gr H4831SC under a 115gr Nosler Ballistic Tip it would shoot "one-hole" groups to 200yds.

My other friends .25/06 shoots 120gr BTHP Sierra GameKings over 43.0gr of IMR4320. It wouldn't be my powder of choice, but he gets just over 2,900fps across my chronograph and his Mauser MkX "box-stock" (no modifications, not even the trigger) shoots under 3/4" three-shot groups. Hence, he won't change !!!! I've even given him powder and bullets, but he won't load them !!!!!

I guess it works for him !!

My .257Roberts likes most everything I've shot through it. It prefers 45.0gr of IMR4350 and a 100gr Sierra (either boattail or flatbase). My .257WbyMag prefers 60.0gr of H4350 and 100gr Sierra Flatbase. Either are sub-moa.
For smaller deer I prefer the 100gr bullets. Though, penetration is somewhat less than the 117 or 120gr bullets.

I did a LOT of damage on a pararie dog town back in 1993 in Montana with my .257Roberts with some 85gr Nosler Ballistic tips loaded over 50.0gr of H414 for 3,300fps two days after I knocked down a Mule deer at a measured 387yds. Not bad for a 7lb "mountain rifle" with a Leupold 2-7x scope and "varmint" bullets. (My 117gr Hornady's were Key-holeing at 250yds. 7shots at 3 different muley's at ranges of 150-300yds drew a scratch. Switched to the "varmint loads" and the accuracy woe's went away) Bad batch of bullets. Hornady made good on them, however.

April 13, 2007, 10:25 AM
love the 87gr speer tnt out of my m77 hvb, nasty on prairie dogs at long range.:what:

April 13, 2007, 10:34 PM
My old ruger 77 really like the 117 gran Sierra BTHP. I know that I used H48-31 and, as I recall, it was right around 50 grains. I looked that up in oneof my manuals so I do know that it is safe.

April 13, 2007, 11:03 PM
I have not had one for several years but the best results in my rifle was with the 100 gr Ballistic, IMR-4350 and brass of your choice.

uk roe hunter
April 14, 2007, 02:49 AM

April 14, 2007, 07:22 AM
in my 25/06 IMR 4350 and IMR 4831 have turned the best groups with 100 gr bullets.
for brass I only use federal.

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