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Loads for 25-06 anyone share a Pet Load ?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rugg_Ed, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member

    Playing with a 25-06 looking for loads in the moderate range with accuracy first. Ample supply of 75 grn to 90 grn bullets. Mostly for targets and plinking. Would anyone be willing to share a Pet Load??
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2009
  2. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    The 25-06 is a favorite caliber of mine and I have settled on a 85 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip bullet over 57.0 gr of RL19 with Winchester cases and primers. This load will shoot under 5/8" in my Ruger 1B. CAUTION....this load may be considered maximum in some manuals but is safe in mine and cases just drop out of the chamber. Your rifle may differ.
  3. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member

    Thanks got some on the bench at 54.0 grns RL19 with Nos 85 B.T. ready to try in mine, mother nature cooperating. Hopefully get it down to that small grouping.

    Looking for the Gold in the Golden Years
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2009
  4. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Good shooting Ed. Let us know how they shot. :)
  5. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    H4350 would be another appropriate powder to use. Though, slightly faster than RL-19, I think you'd have good results.
  6. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Well-Known Member


    This load worked quite well on a deer I used it on.
  7. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    Pet load? If you promise not to shoot pets I'll tell you to get a pound of IMR 4831 and work up some loads. I don't use anything as light as you, most of my shooting uses a Speer 120 FB bu[llet.
  8. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member

    Thanks Grumulkin Bush Pilot
    Rl 22 is on the list with IMR 4831 for the heaver bullets. The H4350C, RL 19 and H414 are running close with the H414 in the lead. This is not my primary hunting rifle, just one that got my interest, always wanted to try one. Most so far are in the 3200 ftps a moderate load. It does kill steel plates a long ways out. No need to drag them home just a touch of paint once in awhile. Bang followed by a clang makes my day.
    My pet load is 3 strokes on the old Benjamin !!
    Have a nice day

    If ya see any Gold in the Golden Years please share I am still looking.
  9. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    I use my Ruger #1 in .25-06 for deer hunting and the long Maryland "beanfield" shots so I go with heavier bullets.
    My best load so far is 44 grains of 4831 behind a 117 grain Sierra Game king.
    Three shot groups around 3/4" is the norm.
  10. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Well-Known Member

    Wow Zeke, that's light load! Most manuals list 48.0gr as starting for H4831,AA3100, RL22, ....

    I use 45.0gr of IMR4831 in my .257Roberts and 115-117gr bullets. Get's about 2,900fps. The Berger 115gr VLD is amazing......

    For the .25/06, I've only loaded 100gr and higher.
    Best results have been with H4350 (100gr w/50.0gr) and H4831SC 117-120gr @52.0gr.

    I've found that there's a bit of variability in the throats/ chambers/ actions so work up powder charges carefully...

    A friend that hunts in PA every year and uses IMR4320 and 117gr Sierra BTHP, @ 43.0gr I believe. He gets very tiny groups from his Interarms MkX, and about 2,900fps, or about what I get from my two "Bobs".
    But, that ain't no slouching though......Deer don't seem to be able to tell the difference.....

    All my lighter wt' bullet experience with the .25's has been with the .257Roberts. My two longest deer kills have been with the 75gr Hornady HP W/H380 powder@ 3,500fps(whitetail doe at ~340yds) and 85gr Nosler B.T w/H414 @ 3,350fps(muley doe at 378yds).
    Neither bullet was recovered and both deer were d.r.t.(spine/shouder shots).
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2009
  11. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    The 44 grain load is one that I've been using for awhile from an older manual.
    My newer Sierra book does in fact suggest a 5o grain load.
    I'll have to give that load the ole' once over.
  12. dubbleA

    dubbleA Well-Known Member

    Been using the Sierra 120 BTHP for a long long time. It does well in my .25's.

    I use alot of R25 for the big .30's and 338 LM and noticed Alliant listed it for a 120gr bullet in 25-06. My load is just under max (57.5gr) and averages just over 3100fps and doesnt shoot to shabby in the Cooper .

    No cherry picking here.
  13. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member

    Thanks dubbleA
    Those are nice groups. I have a ample supply of of liter bullets to play with. So working on something that looks like those groups. Did work up a load with H414 / 90 grn Barnes XBT to use for hunting if it goes. The 25-06 I use mostly for blinking, varmint, and tragets, more of a, I always wanted to try one thing. The data so far has been interesting and brought forth some thoughts.
    Best Wishes
  14. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info and in put folks, down to under a inch and improving.
    1st place RL17 medium + charge 87 grn SP
    2nd place H4831SC near max charge 87 grn SP
    3rd place H414 top end @ max Nos 85 grn BT loaded last week
    4th place RL19 medium Nos 85 grn BT this one may improve near max
    But looking good:)
    Seems it likes the loads a little on the Max side
  15. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    That's interesting.

    Your best results were with RL17, a powder that's faster than what anyone recommended.

    Did you just consider accuracy, or was velocity a factor as well?
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2009
  16. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member



    I have not put any of the this batch of loads across the chronograph, that is next step to see what and were any improvements can be made. The groups are under a inch and looking to get down to 1/2 inch or better and I will be a happy camper.
  17. JimKirk

    JimKirk Well-Known Member

    54 grs. IMR 7828 behind a Nosler 115 BT (max per Nosler#3 manual)
    54 grs. IMR 7828 behind a Sierra 117 BTSP
    54 grs. IMR 7828 behind a Hornady 120 HP
    54 grs. IMR 7828 behind a Speer 120 BTSP

    My 22" Browning A-bolt handles up to 56 grs behind either(WARNING OVER MAX LOAD) with no pressure signs, 3100 FPS over chrono.

    Jimmy K
  18. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member

    Thanks JimKirk
    I looked at the IMR 7828 but burn rate was to slow for the 75 to 90 grn bullets. Its not my primary hunting rifle just always wanted to try one.
    I have some 90 grn Barnes that work well if I choice to use it for hunting, but most use is plinking and targets. Down the road I may pick up some heaver bullets.
    Thanks for the info, having a good time with it.
  19. JimKirk

    JimKirk Well-Known Member

    yep ...too slow for anything less than 115grs. I want to play with some Nosler Accubond 110 grs. but haven't tried them. I started out with IMR 4350, then some H4831 & IMR 4831 then I moved on to the IMR 7828. I have shot some IMR 4831 behind some 85 gr, 87 gr, and some 100 gr. just ain't a lot of "stuff" to shoot at around here! By the way a 25/06 with 115/120 gr bullets is about as close to a 270 Win. as you can get and not have a 270. I got my 25/06 way back when In GA hogs were called small game, it was the largest Caliber you could shoot and be legal.

    Jimmy K
  20. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member


    Thanks for the input JimKirk, and others think I narrowed it down. The last three batches all have promise. Little tweaking and possible tension points. Got some 117s coming will see what they do "just because".

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