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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14621430 03/01/20
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100gr Partition out of the little 25-204(2850fps).

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With the capacity of the 25-06 I'd be looking at the 115gr Partition or 100gr Barnes Mono-metal bullet.

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14621843 03/01/20
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Any modern quality deer sized game bullet will do fine. If you want penetration as well as weight retention, the Nosler Partition is hard to beat in any caliber. The 25-06 just has a cool factor to me. A friend of mine hunts with one and uses the cheapest off-the-shelf ammo he can find. Everything he's shot hasn't gone 30 feet.

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14624714 03/02/20
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My cousin has killed a traincar load of deer with the cheap old Remington CoreLokt 100gr. bullets/ammo. It works on the corn-fed fat Missouri deer, and I'd expect it to work equally well on NH deer, too. I've only killed one deer with a .25/06, and I used a 100gr. Sierra Prohunter, it worked as expected, a quick dash of 30 yards, and it fell in a heap.


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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14630265 03/04/20
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I've used the 117 SGK on mule deer and it was a good solid killer. I've used the old Hornady 120HP in a 257 Ackley Improved, the 115 Nosler Partition and 100TSX in 2 257 Wbys. A good 25-06 runs so close to the Wby in good handloads too. I know a fellow out here who uses his 25-06 with 120 Remington corlokt factory ammo on mule deer and elk both. Since I spent a lot of time killing critters with hot 22s, small to big 6mms and the above 25s, I am now focusing on a 24" .270 win, otherwise, I'd have another 25-06. Great cartridge.

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14631092 03/04/20
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Thanks All, seems like a lot of solid recommendations here. Guess I’ll have to try a few different ones to see what the rifle likes and what the deer do not. I’m lucky in that there’s a fantastically well-stocked store nearby that will have all of these on the shelf to choose from.

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14682216 03/19/20
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I matters almost nothing on deer. We've used about everything on deer and everyone worked with a single shot, and couldn't tell any difference really. Longest run was a smaller forked horn with it's heart in pieces via a 115gr Barnes XLC and that was only about 60 yards. Many fall where they stand, most stagger a few steps. I loved the now discontinued Hornady 120gr HP and still have some left.

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14682245 03/19/20
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American Whitetail 117 BTSP from Hornady also shoots really well in my Forbes. Sub MOA to 400 yards. I get factory listed velocities out of it. The bullets go right through 300 pound caribou leaving quite a hole. Recovered one on a quartering shot and at 150 yards it hung onto 65% of it's weight.

See 2:30 to 3:30 on this video, for more on this load

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM2d7w0wLKk

How it shoots is here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES9zRM2g6ec

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: BigNate] #14682279 03/19/20
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Originally Posted by BigNate
I matters almost nothing on deer. We've used about everything on deer and everyone worked with a single shot, and couldn't tell any difference really. Longest run was a smaller forked horn with it's heart in pieces via a 115gr Barnes XLC and that was only about 60 yards. Many fall where they stand, most stagger a few steps. I loved the now discontinued Hornady 120gr HP and still have some left.

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I have heard much about this sadly discontinued load.

Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: North61] #14682299 03/19/20
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Originally Posted by North61
American Whitetail 117 BTSP from Hornady also shoots really well in my Forbes. Sub MOA to 400 yards. I get factory listed velocities out of it. The bullets go right through 300 pound caribou leaving quite a hole. Recovered one on a quartering shot and at 150 yards it hung onto 65% of it's weight.

See 2:30 to 3:30 on this video, for more on this load

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM2d7w0wLKk

How it shoots is here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES9zRM2g6ec


This one will get trial for sure. Thank you

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Originally Posted by Mr_Harry
Originally Posted by North61
American Whitetail 117 BTSP from Hornady also shoots really well in my Forbes. Sub MOA to 400 yards. I get factory listed velocities out of it. The bullets go right through 300 pound caribou leaving quite a hole. Recovered one on a quartering shot and at 150 yards it hung onto 65% of it's weight.

See 2:30 to 3:30 on this video, for more on this load

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM2d7w0wLKk

How it shoots is here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES9zRM2g6ec


This one will get trial for sure. Thank you



Happy to help. Good luck.

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14687013 03/21/20
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A guy I used to work and hunt with sometimes came across a good deal on a Ruger 77 varmint model in 25-06 in the late 90's. He was bound and determined to take it to the area of Jordan Mt. on a mule deer hunt. I asked him if he thought it might be a touch heavy for such a hunt and he scoughed at me. He is an ex Marine who does triathlons and wouldn't be denied. He shot a 250lb Mule deer buck at a laser ranged 352 yards with it. He hand loaded some 120 grain partitions for it. Not sure the load or velocity, but I do know he got complete penetration through the ribs and the buck dropped in his tracks. His hunting partner on that trip shot a similar buck at 358 yards with a 30-06 and 180 grain Winchester Failsafe ammo. Same results.

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14688177 03/21/20
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Seems like there is no shortage of good 25-06 deer loads.

What would you guys NOT recommend for deer in the 25-06?


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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: okie john] #14694207 03/22/20
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Originally Posted by okie john
Seems like there is no shortage of good 25-06 deer loads.

What would you guys NOT recommend for deer in the 25-06?


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I would not use anything less than 90grs that is not a monometal.

I've used a 25-06 for a lot of Alberta deer. Mostly handloads using Speer 120gr SBT or Speer 120gr Grand Slam or Barnes 115 TSX. Great open country deer round.

For factory loads I would use a Barnes Vortex load, or any mono metal, heaviest bullet available or the Federal Fusion. The Fusion is a very good bullet.

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14698925 03/24/20
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I've had great range & field results on feral hog with Federal Vital Shock .25-06 Remington ammo loaded with the 110grain Nosler Accubond, published muzzle velocity of 3100 fps. So I bought some Underwood. 25-06 Remington factory ammo loaded with the 110 grain Nosler Accubond with a published muzzle velocity of 3250 fps to try out, but I haven't hunted with it yet.

https://www.underwoodammo.com/colle...-accubond-spitzer?variant=18785712242745

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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: 260Remguy] #14705628 03/25/20
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Originally Posted by 260Remguy
The 117 grain Hornady American Whitetail shoots good groups in my Marlin XL7 and Remington 700 and is usually priced around $20 per box.


I got one box of these for barrel break in and shot two deer with them and was sold. I reload the BTSP version of this and up the velocity a little with R-26 and am very pleased with them, six deer so far no complaints.


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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14705779 03/25/20
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What not to use is anything designed as a varmint bullet. In fact, I tried some 100gr ACP bullets (solid-ish copper) at full velocity that I didn't like. Limited sample but they didn't exit and seemed to break up inside. Worked, resulted in a run, and tracking but no blood to follow. They'd probably be fine in more open country than I've been in lately. Reminded me of early Ballistic tips.

Using 120's and RL22 has been so effective I quit trying other stuff.


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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: Mr_Harry] #14707013 03/25/20
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You don't need another Hornady Whitetail recommendation but I will add one. Shoots really well in my Sako A7 25-06. Easily 1 inch or less at 100.


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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: BigNate] #14707659 03/26/20
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Originally Posted by BigNate
Using 120's and RL22 has been so effective I quit trying other stuff.


My experience as well. I've been using a 25.06 for 30+ years and a 120gr anything is no doubt pure deer poison and works great with RL22 in my experience. You mentioned the Nosler Partition and you can rest assured that you'll never go wrong with the Partition. I've never been able to get great accuracy with them myself but for the distances you mentioned they'll probably shoot just fine. My go to load is the Speer 120gr Hot-Cor and RL22 and I have harvested countless deer with that combination. Another good one is the Sierra 117gr Pro Hunter or Gameking. Any of the bullets mentioned will kill a deer I just personally like the heavier choices and have had excellent results on game using them.


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Re: Great commercial 25-06 loads for bigger NE whitetail? [Re: CWT] #14707691 03/26/20
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Originally Posted by CWT
A 100 grain Nosler Ballistic tip is and will always be the perfect bullet for North American Whitetail deer. Look no further.


That's what I've been shooting for years now in my .257 Roberts, and I couldn't agree more. I've seen lots of deer shot with many different cartridges, and blood trailed quite a few. I've found that most big cartridges don't really kill much different than small ones.

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120 grain Remington Core loks is all I ever used with great results

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