» Advanced

Go Back   Shooters Forum > Rifle and Rifle Cartridges > Rifles and Rifle Cartridges
Register FAQ Members List Donate Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Like Tree17Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-27-2008, 11:15 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 4
What is the best 25-06 whitetail deer bullet ?


Registered Users do not see the above ad.


Hi Guy's

New to the forum. My question is I just got a new 25-06 barrel for my encore rifle and was wondering what is the best 25-06 bullet for whitetail deer?

Thanks Guy's

jr 1968
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-27-2008, 11:26 AM
The Troll Whisperer (Moderator)
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 19,789
117 gr Hornady SST.
Reloader77 likes this.
__________________
NRA Benefactor Member
NRA Certified Police Firearms Instructor
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
NAHC Life Member

"Firearms only have two enemies - rust and politicans" author unknown
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-27-2008, 12:14 PM
flashhole's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Owego, NY - USA
Posts: 2,974
You will find there are lots of good choices. I favor 100 grain and heavier bullets.

This load is a 100 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip

Reloader77 likes this.
__________________
Remember - always have your democrats neutered or spayed - Ann Coulter

Last edited by flashhole; 02-27-2008 at 12:18 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-27-2008, 12:20 PM
MikeG's Avatar
The Hog Whisperer (Administrator)
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 27,193
Best, well, I don't know. But I've had surprisingly good results with el-cheapo 100gr. Core-Lokts in my .257 Roberts. They'll punch through pigs, and still expand on deer.

Can't swear they'll do just as well in the .25-06 but it's one cheap bullet I wouldn't be afraid to experiment with.
__________________
MikeG

Quote:
Originally Posted by faucettb
Welcome to the forum. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-27-2008, 01:32 PM
faucettb's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Peck, Idaho
Posts: 12,620
Welcome to the forum jr 1968. Lots of good bullets out there, all three of the one's recommended would work well for deer.
__________________
Bob from Idaho
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-27-2008, 04:40 PM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Northern New York
Posts: 373
I have hit whitetail bucks with 100 grain bullets only, so far. Has an effect like lightning. Core-lokts. Ballistic Tips. At the speed the 25-06 cruises at, if they go in deep enough, they surely kill quickly. Now I use the 115 grain Ballistic Silvertip. It's a coated Nosler Ballistic tip made for Winchester. They call it COMBINED TECHNOLOGIES BALLISTIC SILVERTIP. I love the 25-06. I also want a .257 Weatherby.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-27-2008, 05:05 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Idaho
Posts: 6,910
Depends on where you're placing those bullets on the deer. If behind the shoulder in the boiler house, any standard cup-and-core bullet (Speer, Hornady, Sierra) will kill just fine. I like to hedge my bets a bit for quartering-on or quartering-away angles, or running shots, with a bit tougher bullet with the velocities from the 25-06. As such, I favor either the 120 gr Nosler partition, or 120 gr Speer Grand Slam. I have had a Speer hot-cor bullet come apart on me on the shoulder of a muley inside of 100 yards.
__________________
NRA Endowment Member
SCI Member
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-27-2008, 06:07 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: SC
Posts: 22
Thumbs up Remington

I have used a Sako 25.06 for 10 years. Used all the bullets configurations at one time or another. The Remington core lokt 120 grain is the best in my opinion. Longest shot was 420 yards and shortest shot was 50 yards. The bullet performed as it should at both ranges and those in between. It doesn't fragment nor fail to mushroom at distances acceptable for the 25.06.

Last edited by springer7676; 02-29-2008 at 05:35 AM. Reason: stated wrong distance
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-29-2008, 08:54 AM
M1Garand's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,244
Quote:
Originally Posted by flashhole View Post
You will find there are lots of good choices. I favor 100 grain and heavier bullets.

This load is a 100 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip
Good shooting!

I like the Sierra Pro Hunters myself, but there's a lot of good deer bullets out there.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-29-2008, 10:42 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 193
I recently got a lightly used Steyr 25-06 and will work on some handloads for it, I grabbed 4 boxes of Fed with 117g Gameking BTSPs for it for cheap at a show
I killed quite a few deer with a 25-06 growing up and called my dad to ask what he used in his loads, 100g gameking BTSPs
he sold the gun a few years ago (without letting me know he would have let it go!, arg!) and he said the guy that bought it loves it and every deer shot has dropped instantly. The guy is a hunter, not a high volume shooter and he's still using some of the ammo my dad gave with the gun, took it to the range, a few shots and dead on of course, put it away and take a few deer every year with it

I bought some 100g BTSPs for it after I have shot up these 117s, unless they are just ultra accurate in this particular gun
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-01-2008, 06:05 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsr76 View Post
I have hit whitetail bucks with 100 grain bullets only, so far. Has an effect like lightning. Core-lokts. Ballistic Tips. At the speed the 25-06 cruises at, if they go in deep enough, they surely kill quickly. Now I use the 115 grain Ballistic Silvertip. It's a coated Nosler Ballistic tip made for Winchester. They call it COMBINED TECHNOLOGIES BALLISTIC SILVERTIP. I love the 25-06. I also want a .257 Weatherby.
I also shoot the silvertips in my ruger#1 25-06. I shoot the 85gn bullet, I killed a buck last year from my deck at 270 yards. He just rolled over on impact, no blood trail to track here.Q
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-02-2008, 08:06 PM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 5,862
Another vote for the Sierra Pro-Hunter.

I'm relatively new (three years) with a 25-06 but have been using 100gr Sierra Pro-Hunters over a hefty charge of IMR-4831, since they shot pretty well on paper. Results on 10 deer, two antelope and assorted predators and such has been good. Ranges from 40 yards to almost 400 have yielded good performance.

I'm still experimenting with various loads so my opinion may change any day, so far the load has held up.
__________________
Still Learnin' as I go!

NRA Life Member
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-03-2008, 01:34 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 82
I have done well on modest size deer with the 100 gr. Barnes X-Bullet in .25-06, but they are not the most accurate load I've tried.

Brent
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-03-2008, 07:28 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Baltimore/DC area
Posts: 628
Quote:
Originally Posted by kdub View Post
117 gr Hornady SST.
My Dad worked up a few loads for the 25-06 and his hunting load used a 117 gr Hornady bullet loaded up with Hodgdon H4831 with the heaviest rated load (51 gr? I'll have to check) by the manual and fired out of a Mauser 98 sporter.

While he may not have been the best hand-loader to ever live, he probably forgot more about it than I'll ever know, but I'm trying to learn.

Anyway, I would venture to guess that the 117 gr Hornady SST is probably a pretty good choice for the 25-06.
__________________
Patrick G.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-03-2008, 01:12 PM
M1Garand's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,244
Sierra Pro Hunter from another site

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 03-04-2008, 09:36 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Mid-West
Posts: 379
I personally like the Nosler partition bullet in the 120 grain bullet, on money hunts out of state. They do offer somewhat of an insurance policy of penetrating.

Now I have also used the Remington "Core-Lokt" as well and it is a very good performer on whitetail. I have also used the Hornady brand of bullets in the 117 grain round (woods hunting) nosed and the 120 grn. spire point bullet going back to 1972.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-04-2008, 04:07 PM
M1Garand's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,244
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cozy View Post
Now I have also used the Remington "Core-Lokt" as well and it is a very good performer on whitetail. I have also used the Hornady brand of bullets in the 117 grain round (woods hunting) nosed and the 120 grn. spire point bullet going back to 1972.
Cozy....haven't you been reading the magazines??? Those old bullets won't work...get rid of them and get the new MRX or XP3's...
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 03-05-2008, 06:50 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 308
Quote:
Originally Posted by M1Garand View Post
Cozy....haven't you been reading the magazines??? Those old bullets won't work...get rid of them and get the new MRX or XP3's...
How true! Killed a zillion varmints with flat base 55gr Hornadys then found out they were vastly inferior...threw all away and got VMax's

In my limited experience, the 117gr bullet is probably the best all-around. I love the Hornady 117 BTSP and the new SST should be as good or better. However, my present Rem Classic doesn't group them well but will tackhole the Sierra 117 BT Gameking which is a nice bullet but a little too lightly constructed unless all your shots are over 200 yds. Because of this I've switched to the Pro Hunter in that I shot two deer with the Gameking at 75 and 100 yds....the bullets performed like Vmaxs. Yeah, they killed the deer but blew all to pieces with no exit.

When I first started shooting the 25/06 in about 1970 I used the 100 grain Hornady spitzer primarily because I was first and foremost a coyote hunter...deer maybe ever 5 years. Then I moved from Texas and was presented to MS and GA deer that were considerably heavier in weight. Thats when I switched to the heavier constructed bullets. Thats not to say there are not big bodied deer in Texas but most Hill Country bucks won't tip a 100 pounds.

If I were still in Texas, I'd probably still be using the 100 gr mainly because I cut my teeth on that bullet and know its trajectory like a book. However, when you are confronted with deer weighing in the 200 lb+ category I think the heavier constructed bullets are a good investment. They can be core-lokts, prohunters, partitions or whatever. I had a monster buck get away from me last season cause I wasn't quick enough on the draw. I shudder to think that if I had had time to get off a shot it would have been quartering and I sure would've wanted a well constructed bullet in that case...one that would penetrate and not blow up on me.

Bottom line...taylor your loads for the situation.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-06-2008, 09:57 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Laramie, WY
Posts: 817
I am brand new to .25 cal. as of last September when I impulsively bought a new Ruger Hawkeye in .257 Roberts. I picked some less-than-max loads right out of the manuals to quickly create some hunting ammo.

First use was on a young antelope buck standing broadside in Wyoming sagebrush at about 150 yds. with Hornady 115 gr. Spire Point. The bullet passed through both lungs and the antelope trotted about 20 yds. before tipping over.

Second and third uses were mature whitetail does feeding together at 100 yds. (or a little less) in open Missouri timber. This time the bullet was 115 gr. Nosler PT. Both were neck shot pass throughs, and DRT about 15 yards apart.

Based on exactly three shots from a .257 Roberts, I agree, there seem to be plenty of good deer bullets in .25 cal.
__________________
WyoStillhunter
"Hunt close, then get closer."
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 03-06-2008, 04:23 PM
MikeG's Avatar
The Hog Whisperer (Administrator)
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 27,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by Q-harly View Post
I also shoot the silvertips in my ruger#1 25-06. I shoot the 85gn bullet, I killed a buck last year from my deck at 270 yards. He just rolled over on impact, no blood trail to track here.Q
Try sending me an email through the forum (click on my name and it should give you the option) and I can tell you what the password is for your original account. I got them merged, but evidently the email to you never went through.
__________________
MikeG

Quote:
Originally Posted by faucettb
Welcome to the forum. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

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
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
.270 Win 140 Gr Bullet Choice EastTNHunter Handloading Procedures/Practices 24 03-09-2009 04:00 PM
243 deer and Nosler bullet cspierings Rifles and Rifle Cartridges 15 12-27-2007 06:56 PM
Ranger Talan Overview 147 Grain Handgun Cartridges 9 08-22-2005 12:45 PM
A good .257 cal bullet for deer? kombi1976 Handloading Procedures/Practices 13 11-26-2004 03:31 PM
My First Deer and it's a 8 Point Buck! Cybergray Hunting Stories 7 11-04-2004 03:42 AM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:29 AM.

< Contact Us - Shooters Forum - Archive >

 
 

All Content & Design Copyright © 1999-2002 Beartooth Bullets, All Rights Reserved
View Privacy Policy | Contact Webmaster | Legal Information
Website Design & Development By Exbabylon Internet Solutions
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2