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Originally Posted by southtexas
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For almost 20 years used 100gr Hornady Spire Point, pre-Interlock on nearly 30 head of deer. Shot from 75 to 300+ yards. All DRT. Recovered one bullet, on a 100yd facing shot. Found a perfect mushroom against the pelvis. Replaced that M700 25-06 with a handier BLR 257 Roberts running a 100gr at 3000fps.

Pre-interlock? Must be some oldies. The 100gr Hornady IL shoots well in my 257R at a little over 3000fps. Do you generally shoot shoulders or heart/lungs. Where I hunt the deer are almost always just a step or two from thick thorny brush so I usually take high shoulder shots and have been wondering if the 100gr IL is up to the task. Thanks
It will work.

Maybe a little rough on shoulders but I don't fret over 2 pounds of meat.

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Lots of good choices out there but I'll throw another punch for the Speer 120gr Hot-Cor, it pure deer poison from the 25.06. I've been using this bullet for as long as I can remember with excellent results on deer. When I found out they were going to be discontinued I purchased enough to last a lifetime so I'm good to go.


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I really liked how the old discontinued Hornady 120 Hollow Point worked in a 257 Ackley. SE Texas deer/crows.
I used the 115 Nosler Partition in a 257 Weatherby (24") on Blackbuck and Black Hawaiians.
Also used the 100TSx in a 26" barrel 257 Wby for another Black Hawaiian.
I used the Sierra 117 SBT on Mule Deer here in Utah from a 25-06 Classic.
Of them all...I much preferred the Nosler 115 Partition. But finding any today....???

I recently got another 25-06 that came with ( just threw them in the deal) 6 boxes of new 120 Remington CL factory ammo ($44/box!) AND an older VXII 3x9! ha Bought for the proverbial song too! So for handloads later, I am going to start out with some 97gr Power Hammers ( for a coyote/deer/antelope bullets) see what we get!

I knew several guys back in Texas who started out with the Hornady 87gr sp, for decades. Some went to others just tot ry. None complained about that 87gr though.
Good luck to you pard! Have a ball!

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I have taken deer with the Nosler 110 grain accubond and the 100 grain Nosler partition and would recommend either.

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Originally Posted by Jim_Knight
I really liked how the old discontinued Hornady 120 Hollow Point worked in a 257 Ackley. SE Texas deer/crows.
I used the 115 Nosler Partition in a 257 Weatherby (24") on Blackbuck and Black Hawaiians.
Also used the 100TSx in a 26" barrel 257 Wby for another Black Hawaiian.
I used the Sierra 117 SBT on Mule Deer here in Utah from a 25-06 Classic.
Of them all...I much preferred the Nosler 115 Partition. But finding any today....???

I recently got another 25-06 that came with ( just threw them in the deal) 6 boxes of new 120 Remington CL factory ammo ($44/box!) AND an older VXII 3x9! ha Bought for the proverbial song too! So for handloads later, I am going to start out with some 97gr Power Hammers ( for a coyote/deer/antelope bullets) see what we get!

I knew several guys back in Texas who started out with the Hornady 87gr sp, for decades. Some went to others just tot ry. None complained about that 87gr though.
Good luck to you pard! Have a ball!


I got a couple boxes of those that have been sitting on a shelf for about 30 years now, gotta be half inch of dust on the boxes. I call em waste bullets to use just for giggles when I just have to shoot a 25.06. Never will hunt em again.

2 of em recovered from a buck at 175 yards.

#1 blew up on impact

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#2 blew up hitting the spine


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I'll be testing the 110 Sierra TGK soon. A bit tougher than the 110 ELD-X and a better bc than the 110 Accubonds and most others.

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Originally Posted by Swifty52
Originally Posted by Jim_Knight
I really liked how the old discontinued Hornady 120 Hollow Point worked in a 257 Ackley. SE Texas deer/crows.
I used the 115 Nosler Partition in a 257 Weatherby (24") on Blackbuck and Black Hawaiians.
Also used the 100TSx in a 26" barrel 257 Wby for another Black Hawaiian.
I used the Sierra 117 SBT on Mule Deer here in Utah from a 25-06 Classic.
Of them all...I much preferred the Nosler 115 Partition. But finding any today....???

I recently got another 25-06 that came with ( just threw them in the deal) 6 boxes of new 120 Remington CL factory ammo ($44/box!) AND an older VXII 3x9! ha Bought for the proverbial song too! So for handloads later, I am going to start out with some 97gr Power Hammers ( for a coyote/deer/antelope bullets) see what we get!

I knew several guys back in Texas who started out with the Hornady 87gr sp, for decades. Some went to others just tot ry. None complained about that 87gr though.
Good luck to you pard! Have a ball!


I got a couple boxes of those that have been sitting on a shelf for about 30 years now, gotta be half inch of dust on the boxes. I call em waste bullets to use just for giggles when I just have to shoot a 25.06. Never will hunt em again.

2 of em recovered from a buck at 175 yards.

#1 blew up on impact

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#2 blew up hitting the spine


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My kind of bullet for deer. Many pieces end up killing like lightning.


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Without reading through 3 pages, I'm sure the 100 TTSX has been advised.

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Thanks for the reply South Texas. With 2 full boxes of these and a partial to work up loads with I should be good for a long time if they will group good. That way I'll save all the 100 to 110 grain stuff for my 257AI.

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Originally Posted by 10gaugemag
#1-117 Sierra Gameking.

#2- Hornady 117 grain SST.
I’m with you here the Sierra 117 has done a great job for me.

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Originally Posted by jeep9776
I have a couple of older boxes of the Speer Hot-Cor 120 grainers. Anybody had any experience with these? I believe they are flat bases. I haven't used any of them in my 257AI due to mag box length but just acquired a 25-06 take off barrel I'm about to screw on a 721 I had picked up for the action.

This is my pet load with the Speer 120gr Hot-Cor. Shoots just as good with RL25, not quite as accurate but still very good accuracy with a little more velocity. Really snatches the ground out from under a deer and kills like a lightning strike!

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Originally Posted by Guybo54
Originally Posted by jeep9776
I have a couple of older boxes of the Speer Hot-Cor 120 grainers. Anybody had any experience with these? I believe they are flat bases. I haven't used any of them in my 257AI due to mag box length but just acquired a 25-06 take off barrel I'm about to screw on a 721 I had picked up for the action.

This is my pet load with the Speer 120gr Hot-Cor. Shoots just as good with RL25, not quite as accurate but still very good accuracy with a little more velocity. Really snatches the ground out from under a deer and kills like a lightning strike!

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]


Excellent accuracy. For clarification, was that with Hot-Cors as stated in your text, or spitzers as noted on the target? Hopefully, it was spitzers. Sadly, 120 Hot-Cors in 257 are no longer available.


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Originally Posted by eaglemountainman
Originally Posted by Guybo54
Originally Posted by jeep9776
I have a couple of older boxes of the Speer Hot-Cor 120 grainers. Anybody had any experience with these? I believe they are flat bases. I haven't used any of them in my 257AI due to mag box length but just acquired a 25-06 take off barrel I'm about to screw on a 721 I had picked up for the action.

This is my pet load with the Speer 120gr Hot-Cor. Shoots just as good with RL25, not quite as accurate but still very good accuracy with a little more velocity. Really snatches the ground out from under a deer and kills like a lightning strike!

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]


Excellent accuracy. For clarification, was that with Hot-Cors as stated in your text, or spitzers as noted on the target? Hopefully, it was spitzers. Sadly, 120 Hot-Cors in 257 are no longer available.

It was a Hot-Core, the Hot-Cor is a flat base spitzer. Mike


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I’m shooting the 100gr TTSX and 115gr Nosler Partition out of my 257 Roberts. Ranges are sub 300 yards and velocities are more mild compared to the 25-06. I can generally keep all of my shots inside 1 1/4-ish at 100, with sub 5-inch group at 300 yards off my pack. Not match grade, but it should be fine for anything I’d shoot at from chucks to deer.

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117 Gr Hornady Interlocks have always shot very well out of my Tikka 25-06. Whatever alloy they are using in those bullets just seems to be a tad harder than your standard cup and core lead bullet. I have yet to recover one from an Alabama deer. And I have killed quite a few with them.

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Originally Posted by Guybo54
Originally Posted by eaglemountainman
Originally Posted by Guybo54
Originally Posted by jeep9776
I have a couple of older boxes of the Speer Hot-Cor 120 grainers. Anybody had any experience with these? I believe they are flat bases. I haven't used any of them in my 257AI due to mag box length but just acquired a 25-06 take off barrel I'm about to screw on a 721 I had picked up for the action.

This is my pet load with the Speer 120gr Hot-Cor. Shoots just as good with RL25, not quite as accurate but still very good accuracy with a little more velocity. Really snatches the ground out from under a deer and kills like a lightning strike!

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]


Excellent accuracy. For clarification, was that with Hot-Cors as stated in your text, or spitzers as noted on the target? Hopefully, it was spitzers. Sadly, 120 Hot-Cors in 257 are no longer available.

It was a Hot-Core, the Hot-Cor is a flat base spitzer. Mike

I'm aware of that.

However, Speer produced two different 120gr .257 spitzers. One was the Hot-Cor, which they no longer produce. The other is the one currently offered that they simply call Spitzer. It is not a molten lead core process and is a boat tail design.

Since your target simply reads spitzer, I was unable to determine whether that meant Spitzer or Hot-Cor. Hence, my question.


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I used 120 Speers on 20 something caribou. Bang,flop. Every damned time!


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Originally Posted by Swifty52
Originally Posted by Jim_Knight
I really liked how the old discontinued Hornady 120 Hollow Point worked in a 257 Ackley. SE Texas deer/crows.
I used the 115 Nosler Partition in a 257 Weatherby (24") on Blackbuck and Black Hawaiians.
Also used the 100TSx in a 26" barrel 257 Wby for another Black Hawaiian.
I used the Sierra 117 SBT on Mule Deer here in Utah from a 25-06 Classic.
Of them all...I much preferred the Nosler 115 Partition. But finding any today....???

I recently got another 25-06 that came with ( just threw them in the deal) 6 boxes of new 120 Remington CL factory ammo ($44/box!) AND an older VXII 3x9! ha Bought for the proverbial song too! So for handloads later, I am going to start out with some 97gr Power Hammers ( for a coyote/deer/antelope bullets) see what we get!

I knew several guys back in Texas who started out with the Hornady 87gr sp, for decades. Some went to others just tot ry. None complained about that 87gr though.
Good luck to you pard! Have a ball!


I got a couple boxes of those that have been sitting on a shelf for about 30 years now, gotta be half inch of dust on the boxes. I call em waste bullets to use just for giggles when I just have to shoot a 25.06. Never will hunt em again.

2 of em recovered from a buck at 175 yards.

#1 blew up on impact

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

#2 blew up hitting the spine


[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]
I had the other problem on antelope they just penciled thru so I just shot pd's with them..mb


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I loaded 120 grain Grand Slams for a long time. They worked well.

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