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Question by Kentucky Hunter. Uploaded on February 04, 2010
Buy the new Hornady manual. Check out the Hodgdon loading web site. There you will find loads for Hodgdon, IMR and Winchester powders.
A +1 for Bee. IMR4831 is my favorite powder for the 25-06 for superb accuracy. It burns real consistently in that case and can be used for all bullets in the .25 caliber range. For my 24 inch featherweight barrel, my most accurate bullet has been the 75 grain Hornady and I use that for targets and prairie dogs where a 1/4 inch makes a difference. My second most accurate has been a 117g Hornady. Be aware that IMR4831 produces more pressure than H4831 at the same weight and you need to adjust loads accordingly. The 25-06 tends to shoot better at the top end of the load spectrum; usually the hotter the better.
According to Hornady Third Edition,
117 grain with
IMR4831 50.0 grains is max at 3137fps.
For H4831 52.0 is max at 2937fps.
I pulled the trigger to soon
Story of my life, day late and a dollar shot. I was going to say the same thing, get a new Hornady book. As usual, Bee, Clay, Dakotaman are right on the money. I would add, tho, that if necessary, call Hornady customer service. I've talked to them a couple of times and was impressed.
DakotaMan is right and a +1
The 25-06 does tend to shoot better at the top end of the load spectrum; usually the hotter the better!
With IMR4831 with Federal and Winchester Magnum primers
100 grain 55 grains
117 grain 54 grain
120 grain 53 grains
I'd like to add that my most accurate 4831 load for the 117 Hornady is 51g of H4831SC. It is only moving about 3000 fps but it shoots under .400 inches at 100 yards. That speed is fine with me though because I usually only use the 117 in timber. When I speed it up, the groups in my featherweight barrel jump to over 1.2 inches. If I want to speed it up, I switch to 48.5g of IMR4350 to get it moving 3175 fps while maintaining the less than .400 grouping. Both of these could go faster but I just don't get the accuracy if I push them and I prefer accuracy over speed.
By the way, 270, 280 and 30-06 make beautiful 25-06 cases!
Just remember you have to size it in two steps.
Step one, as your running the 30-06 into the 25-06 resizing die, stop before you bottom out and remove any excess lubricant on the neck and shoulder with your fingers.
Step two, now your ready to fully re size the case and remember you must trim the case to length.
One more thing, no knead to fire form the cases once resized, go ahead and load the load and LET"R RIP!
thanks for the help guys i cant wait to get a few days off to try the 117 gr out . really thanks to all you have put me on the rite track
also really needed to no about resizing cases i just got my new re size die in about a week ago i have 460 30-06 cases i was planning to use thank clay cooper for the tip
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