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Posted: June 20 2017 at 12:48pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Years ago, I dubbed my Ballistic Tip .25-06 loads "Blue Cyclones" for how well they worked on deer, pronghorn and coyotes.   

115 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip
Nosler's max recommended charge of Retumbo
Federal 210 match primers
Today I used nicely prepped R-P brass







Generates 3120 fps, and excellent accuracy. The rifle is set up with a 6x Leupold, and zeroed at 300 yards, making hits at 400 a simple matter, still holding on hair. With very light recoil. I like that.

I usually load the .25-06 on the little RW Hart arbor press, with Wilson dies. Neck size only, but very good ammo has always been the result.

Thinking about mule deer hunting coming up in the not-too-distant future!

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My favorite cartridge.    I shot a lot of Noslers out of mine, usually
the 100 gr.

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Saw three nice mulie bucks this morning. Hadn't grown tall yet but the base width suggested nice deer for this fall. Horns in the velvet always look nice.
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joed wrote:
My favorite cartridge.    I shot a lot of Noslers out of mine, usually
the 100 gr.


I shot 100's... At a scorching 3340 fps! Liked 'em, but the rifle shoots the 115's a little more accurately, so I've stuck with them for quite a while now.

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The 25-06 is my favorite round. Out of my Stevens I get 3500 FPS + with a 100 gr Barnes TSX with a 3 shot .750 group at 100 yds.
Now, if my Remington 25-06 700 CDL would do as good....

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This pic is of my .257AI loaded with Hornady 117gr. SST's at just shy of 3,000 fps. But, the lazer-like load for this 26" Encore barrel chrono's the Barnes 100gr. TSX at 3,370 fps.

Best group for the 117gr. SST has been .80" @ 100yds.
And, the 100gr. TSX has crowded .60" @ 100yds. The barrel came from TC's custom shop.



It's a flat shooter!


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Nice looking ammo Guy. Tell us about the press.

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LAH wrote:
Nice looking ammo Guy. Tell us about the press.


A benchrest champion got me into loading some of my rifles on the arbor press with Wilson dies quite a few years ago. I only load: .204 Ruger, .25-06, and .308 Win on it.

The dies neck-size only. They're very precise.

The arbor press has very little leverage, compared to a standard bench-mounted press. It's also small, I can just pick it up and load almost anywhere.



Some BR competitors take them to the range, and reload right there, with a small number of carefully prepped cases. The guy who taught me, spends 20 - 30 min preparing each case!

Then again, he's won the nationals. Way out of my league!

I use the press to build my most accurate ammo, but I'd never say that's the only way to do it. I've seen too much great ammo come from conventional presses. Mostly I use it because I like it. Very precise, light, tool. Nice to use.

Several companies build arbor presses. RW Hart is just one.

Wilson dies are made just up the road from my place, about 10 miles away, and have been used by competitors for decades. They aren't threaded and won't work on a conventional press, like a Rockchucker or something. Only with arbor presses.

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Very cool, Guy. I'd not heard of RW Hart, or loading from an arbor before today.

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If your press a Hart?

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The .25-06 was my first centerfire rifle back in 1977.   I still have it
in the safe but will admit I haven't fired it in 4 years.   This area is
built up with homes and I've had to switch to a .22-250 for use
here.

Mine is a Rem 700 VS that I've shot so much the barrel was
replaced about 6 years ago with a Krieger.   Darn, does it shoot
now.   Mostly 90 gr bullets as I'm a varminter at heart.   The load I
use drives those bullets at 3660 fps.   

I used this gun for hunting everything from bear in canada,
groundhogs in Ohio and deer in Florida.   

Picture is the CT 85 gr Nosler



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Posted: June 22 2017 at 8:36pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Very cool photo Joed. And I'm glad you've had such success with the rifle over the years. I remember when you had it re-barreled!

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Posted: June 24 2017 at 5:47pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

Always fascinated by the 25-06 and jealous that I don't
have one ...........YET
Thanks

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