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OK guys. I have had a few arguments over the years about the 25-06. I have always said it is too small for the big stuff, and too big for the small stuff. And you guys keep telling me I am wrong.

So I am willing to open my mind back up to what you guys think about the 25-06.

I found a smoking deal on a LH Cooper Classic Repeater in 25-06. The rifle has a 1in10 twist 24" barrel. I also have a new NF 3X15X50 on the way. I was thinking I might just give the 25-06 another chance.

I am thinking about the 75 grain V-Max bullet at around 3700 fps. Would that bullet stabilize in a 1in10 25-06?? If I could get 3700 fps that would be smoking with a 75 grain pill!!

Anybody shooting that bullet?? What load??

I have a ton of 30-06 brass. Is it as simple as running the 30-06 into a FL 25-06 sizer die?? Then trim?? Or do you need to trim first?? What is the proper procedure?? Tom.
 

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Made my own 25-06 brass from ought-six brass for years, then finally said enough and bought new 25-06 brass. Come to think of it, my first "real" 25-06 brass was a mess of R-P factory loads bought fer cheap, fired, then reloaded?

IIRC, always ran the ought-six cases into the 25-06 die, then trimmed 'em for the proper length?

Only 75gr bullet I ever monkeyed with, were Sierra HPs and they didn't shoot fer diddly in my rifle. Lots of different bullets these days in .257, compared to what was around in 1978 when I got my first 25-06.

My personal choice is 100gr Btips for woodchucks and deer. One load that works great on deer and pasture poodles, out to around 500 yards. Don't git no better'n that in my book.

All of my 25-06s have 1:10 twist 24" barrels. Before I went with the Btips, the 87gr Sierra was my varmint bullet. Shot them very (very) well for many years. Also handled 117gr and 120gr bullets with no problems.
 

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Denny I may end up with that 100 grain bullet. I am not going to deny that. However if I could get it to fly well then the 75 grain V-Max's at 3700fps would be a smoker on ground hog's.

I am not real concerned about deer right now. I like to keep the recoil down for my varmint loads. I think the recoil on the 75 grain would be on the threshold of a varmint load?? I will find out??

I am not saying I am recoil sensitive. I am only saying that for a varminter I like to keep as much control of the rifle as I can. Tom.
 

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Never much liked recoil, even before my right shoulder started giving me problems. The 25-06 with 120gr loads, doesn't produce much felt recoil. Even in my original 25-06, which is an old walnut ADL M700 and very light in weight.

54grs of IMR 4831 and a 100gr Btip should produce around 3300+ FPS from a 24" barrel. Haven't run any through a chrony in years, but that's about what they produced when a buddy ran that identical load thru his chronograph years ago, from his M700 BDL?
 

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If you run the 75 grainers run the hornady v max. Sickly accurate with imr 4350. I would run the hundred grain hornady or 100 ballistic tip and either imr 4831 or 7828
 

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Been shooting some 100gr bullet and 54grs of IMR 4831, since 1978. No complaints so far.

 

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ive used 75 gr v max...there something else on groundhogs..poof!!!....messy...but i have settled on the 85 gr nosler bt..a little slower..but not very much..right around 3600 with a stout load of r-19..very good wind bucker...my longest shot ever was with a 100gr nosler bt at very close to 3400 fps....i am a huge fan of the 25-06 for both varmits and deer...awesome loooong range chuck slayer...and the hammer of thor on deer with 100 grainers on up...keeping in mind it is a 25 cal...not a 300 win mag
 

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I have an accurized Ruger 1V in .25-06 ten twist, that will shoot nothing but Speer 90 gr. TNT bullets. I tried em all and that is the only decent one I found. Groups of five around 3/4" at 100 yds. with IMR7828
 

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I have a 1V as well and I shoot 117gr Hornadys no problem.
 

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Throughout the years I have owned three 25/06 rifles. A Savage 112 singleshot, a Rem 700 and a Ruger 77. Great cartridge! All three rifles were accurate. I still have the Ruger. The longest shot I ever made on a Woodchuck was with the Savage 112 (just shy of an honest 500 yards). My dad and myself have killed a number of Deer with the 25/06 through the years. IMO the cartridge is among the best Deer/ Varmint cartridges.( I also like the 240 Wea. Mag.)
 

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I was really going to try the 25-06 again. However when it came down to it I ordered my new Cooper this morning in 22-250. I just couldn't bring myself to buy that 25-06. I studied and studied the cartrdiges and just could not see any advantage to the 25-06. Tom.
 

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22/250 Rem. is a great cartridge also. Not good for a Combo Deer / Varmint outfit though. Good luck with the Cooper, They make a fine firearm.
 
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