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    .25-06 reloading

    I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the Sierra reloading manual. I bought some Sierra 100 gr. Spitzer boat tails and would like to find out what powder levels are best suited for it. If any one has any ideas that would be great also. If you do have the Sierra manual could you possibly scan the pages with the .25-06 info and send it my way. That would be greatly appreciated.
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    what powder do you want to use?

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    I have been experimenting with Reloader 19 and is what I am using at the moment.
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    according to alliant powders who makes reloder 19, maximum is 57 grains, I run 59 grains of hodgdon 4831 shortcut with a 117 grain hornady sst

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcaves View Post
    I run 59 grains of hodgdon 4831 shortcut with a 117 grain hornady sst
    Same load that I use in my 25-06 except I use 117 gr Sierra BT. There also is a difference between the regular 4831 and the SC (shortcut).
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    yes there is, the IMR 4831 is bigger and I think it burns a little faster if i remember right. Its amazing the different specs you get with different books, even if they are by the same company, my old hornady book thats 10 years old says max for 4831 SC is 60 grains, my new one says 54 grains and hodgdon's website says 52, I'll just stick with 59, haven't seen any pressure issues and that gun loves it, the more powder you put to it, the better it shoots

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    Awesome fellas thanks. Ya we experimented a bit. I tried 57 and 58 gr. of the RL 19 and no pressure issues either. What do you guys hunt with these bullets? I am wanting to build a load for medium sized game (mule deer,antelope,bear, and anything else) and I want to build a varmit load for coyotes. Do you guys have any suggestions? bullets, powder types, how many grains, and anything else? I am fairly new to the whole reloading game so any information is awesome!
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    There is a big difference between the old powders that are not IMR and the new ones that are IMR. The IMR powders are hotter, thats why the recommended loads are less. In my 25 I substituted IMR for the old numbered powder and used the same amount of powder as before. What a difference, blew primers and hard to get the bolt open....sure signs of too much pressure. Got my attention...BIG TIME!
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    Small game try 54gr H4831 with 100gr Nosler BT bullet, for deer and even elk try 50 gr H4831 with 120gr Nosler partition bullet. I have latley been tyring the 100 gr Nosler accu-bond with 47 gr IMR. It shoots well, but I'm not too impressed with the bullet, the bullet didn't mushroom at all on the last thing I shot with it. To be quite honest after shooting dozens of differant hand loads through my 25-06 over a span of thirty years I would be very comfortable going with the ol' Remington core-lokt 100 gr factory load, for some reson my rifle loves them. I reload because I can save $ doing it and I have tons of brass.

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    I used to use my 25-06 for everything from elk to prairie dogs. A really fun bullet for varmints is the 75 grain V max from hornady, or if u are shooting coyotes or other things that you don't want to tear up really bad, your 100 grain bullets would be good as well. I now use mine for antelope and deer, I shot my goat at 600 yards with it last year


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