The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old March 14, 2010, 09:26 PM   #1
Demaiter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 27, 2008
Posts: 240
.257 bullets

Shooting a .25-06

What bullet would you recommend for deer and black bear. I have access to 110 grain accubonds and 100 grain partitions. Could get my hands on some tsx but in Canada they are ~$50 a box and the accubonds are $33, partitions are $37. Makes a big difference.

I know the accubond is the best choice but I want some conformation
Demaiter is offline  
Old March 15, 2010, 02:24 AM   #2
Scorch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2006
Location: Washington state
Posts: 11,461
Accubonds are pretty good from all I've read, but I prefer Partitions.
__________________
Never try to educate someone who resists knowledge at all costs.
But what do I know?
Summit Arms Services
Taylor Machine
Scorch is offline  
Old March 15, 2010, 12:14 PM   #3
GallowGlass
Member
 
Join Date: January 13, 2010
Location: near the Pishkun n MT
Posts: 69
Hunting .257 Bullet

25.06 Velocity = Berger Hunting VLD 115 gr. 100ct. $34.00 @Gunstop.com
GallowGlass is offline  
Old March 15, 2010, 12:41 PM   #4
taylorce1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 18, 2005
Location: On the Santa Fe Trail
Posts: 5,473
I like Nosler Partitions as well and the Accubonds would be my second choice. Wouldn't use a Berger for any reason, I've huneted with guys who use them. One hell of a mess to the offside of a little bitty pronghorn buck. Wasted the whole offside shoulder and most of backstraps off of it as well with blood shot meat.
taylorce1 is offline  
Old March 15, 2010, 03:16 PM   #5
sako2
Member
 
Join Date: April 12, 2009
Posts: 52
A 117 gn sierra boattail worked really well for me on a whitetail this season.
sako2 is offline  
Old March 15, 2010, 05:02 PM   #6
TXJohn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 15, 2010
Location: Ft Worth TX
Posts: 143
You might try the 120 gr. Speer with Imr 4350 Or one of the 4831s
TXJohn is offline  
Old March 15, 2010, 05:26 PM   #7
saudst
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 20, 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 148
Noslers!

Ditto on the partitions, of the choices you give. There are a few others that would work as well for deer that are less expensive.

Tim.
__________________
Tim. "Fear of death will not prevent dieing, but it may prevent living".
saudst is offline  
Old March 15, 2010, 06:26 PM   #8
Demaiter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 27, 2008
Posts: 240
I've decided I'm buying a box of both

I'll do some testing and pick one. Might be a waste of a bit of money but it'll be a bit of fun.
Demaiter is offline  
Old March 17, 2010, 04:14 AM   #9
Mike / Tx
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 8, 2000
Posts: 1,295
For your intended game, I wold simply pick up the 115gr Partitions and be done with it. Not sure what your powder availability is, but I would try RL-19, RL-22, and Ramshot Hunter or Magnum, probably in that order.

I have been shooting the 25-06 since around 86 or so, and have wrung out plenty of different combinations. In my rifle RL-22 has produced the best velocity and groups using the 115gr, Win cases, and Win-WLR primers. It will probably be different fir your rifle, but the best OAL was when I set the dies up for the 100gr BT at 3.250" from base to tip. I just happened to try the Partitions one day and didn't change the seating depth, and found that they dropped into nice little half in clusters at 200yds.

This rifle has consistently shot them or the 110gr AB into that size or less groups ever since. Same load for either. The velocity is a bit slower on the 110 than it could be, but the results are hard to argue with. My daughter has used both loads to easily drop hogs, coyotes, and deer out to 300yds.

Good luck with your rifle, and loads. The .25-06 is a fine caliber for a dual purpose round.
Mike / Tx is offline  
Old March 17, 2010, 09:14 AM   #10
kraigwy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 16, 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 9,456
I do most of my hunting (deer and antilope) with a 257 Roberts. I never felt the need for high price bullets.

The simple hornady SPs (87 & 120s) work great, never failed me. Although I'll probably stict to the 87s. I loaded up some 120s for my grandaughter for elk. She got a deer last fall and I found the 120s were over kill, way too much meat damage for my taste.
__________________
Kraig Stuart
CPT USAR Ret
USAMU Sniper School Oct '78
Distinguished Rifle Badge 1071
kraigwy is offline  
Old March 17, 2010, 09:32 PM   #11
Gunplummer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 11, 2010
Location: South East Pa.
Posts: 1,455
.257R

I used to hunt with .257 Roberts and loaded 117 grain RN for it. (Hornady) At closer ranges they wouldn't always expand, just poke a hole through both sides if you didn't shoulder shoot them. I am talking 40-50 yards. I had it happen with a .243 also, but I remember that was Winchester factory ammo. Lucky I had a chance for second shots. I actually thought I missed the one deer. At longer ranges I never had a problem. Have you ever experienced this?
Gunplummer is offline  
Old March 18, 2010, 12:28 AM   #12
BruceM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 12, 2006
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 285
I really like the Sierra 117 SBT for deer in both the .257 Roberts and .25-06. In my experience, the lighter the bullet (of similar construction), the more bloodshot meat (with hits in similar areas) because of higher impact velocities and therefore, greater expansion.



Bruce
BruceM is offline  
Old March 26, 2010, 06:05 PM   #13
home sick
Member
 
Join Date: March 23, 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 31
25-06 is a critter killer

I have shot the 25-06 for years, I have shot every thing from prairie dogs which is a bit over kill to elk which is a bit light. I have used Sierra 117 gr and Hornady 120 hp both worked well on deer size critters, I prefer the 120 gr but thats just me. I am thinking about working up some loads for the 100 and 110 gr. slugs with todays high performance bullets.
home sick is offline  
Old March 26, 2010, 09:40 PM   #14
Gunplummer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 11, 2010
Location: South East Pa.
Posts: 1,455
I think you are right about using HP bullets. I didn't want to reload for my 6.8 SPC last year and could only find HP factory ammo at the last minute. I was leary of using it to hunt, but it really worked at close range. When I take out the .257 again it will be with HPs or HPs with a filler, and I will lighten the bullet up.
Gunplummer is offline  
Old March 27, 2010, 03:24 AM   #15
HiBC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 13, 2006
Posts: 3,663
I have used a .257 AI for a long time.I have mostly used 115 gr Ballistic tips.I have been happy with them on deer/antelope.Have not hunted bear.I shoot ribs.Heart-lung.I do not try any other angles.The ballistic tip has worked well.It is accurate and has a good BC.It is lightly constructed.
If I were going to shoot an elk with it(I have not) I think I would keep the range reasonable,so BC would not be significant.In that case,a 115 Partition is a bullet I would have confidence in.I suspect an Accubond would be fine
HiBC is offline  
Old March 27, 2010, 09:17 PM   #16
Gunplummer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 11, 2010
Location: South East Pa.
Posts: 1,455
HIbc

Is a ballistic tip a hollow point w/teflon filler in the nose? Green, red, or whatever color?
Gunplummer is offline  
Old March 27, 2010, 09:24 PM   #17
HiBC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 13, 2006
Posts: 3,663
Yes.It is a Nosler.The .257's are light blue.The Accubond is very similar.The Accubond has a tougher jacket and a bonded core.
Just to be clear,I think the Ballistic tip is best matched to lightly constructed game like a pronghorn or a deer.

I think the plastic tips are polycarbonate.
HiBC is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.10647 seconds with 7 queries