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    Tikka T3 Lite 25-06 Antelope/Deer Gun Ammo Suggestions

    I just ordered a new Tikka T3 Lite 25-06 for my up coming Wyoming antelope hunt. Hopefully I draw at least the doe tags we put in for. Does anybody have a factory ammo suggestions for this gun and also good for antelope? I did a bunch of research on this gun and it got good reviews. There is a lot of upgrades available for this gun. First I'm going to cerakote all metal parts. I going to put the Bell and Carlson stock on it. I going to upgrade the scope rings and put a Vortex Viper HS 4-16x44 scope on it. Does anybody have any suggestions for any other upgrades? I hear they are accurate out of the box but I want to have some fun with making it my own. Thanks

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    What twist rate comes factory in that gun?? I'd buy 3-4 brands of factory stuff and plug away with it. It's amazing how one particular brand or bullet shoots 100x better than others. I personally like 110-120gr pills in the 25-06. I'll get a ration of crap for this but my favorite bullet for a 25-06 is the 115gr Ballistic tip!!!! Good luck in the draws, I hope I get lucky for Wyo myself!!
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    Some of the best shooting and performing factory ammo I've found is the federal stuff with 117gr Sierra Game King bullets. This is the hunting bullet I load for my 25-06 as well for antelope and deer. I would try several different loads for your new rifle though and find something it likes.

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    The Federal Power-Shock with the Speer 117gr Hot-Cor is a deadly round, my buddy has used it for years from Antelope to Cow Elk. Yeah it's not a premo bullet, but it mushrooms very well and the velocity is not an issue with it blowing up!! And it has a decent BC especially for a SP!
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    I shoot antelope with a 115 grain winchester supreme silvertip. I love a 25-06 for pronghorn!
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I will start with what has worked for you guys.

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    I load for our family's 25-06 and I prefer 110-120 gr. bullets in the 25-06 also. The 110 gr. Nosler Accubond is a great bullet for deer and antelope and any of the partition loadings are as well. I mainly use the 120 gr. Partition in my wife's 25-06. I think you will really like that Tikka. They are shooters and the 25-06 is just a great rifle. We have taken a couple elk with this 25-06 in addition to antelope, deer, and coyotes. That's a great cartridge.
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    Congratulations on selecting a great caliber,,,,and gun too. I load a Sierra 117 Game King BT with 53 gr 4831 sc, my Ruger M77 loves it as much as I do. Shoots sub moa out to 500 yds with no problem. Shot a nice buck antelope in Wy a couple of years that was 417 yards, on shot. My gun shoots the sc better than standard 4831.
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    SWFA has that scope on clearance right now as well as a few other things.

    http://swfa.com/Vortex-Closeouts-C10912.aspx

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    I agree with Woodtick on the 115 grain Ballistic Tips in the .25-06. They are a very good bullet. My Sako would not group Accubonds, so I tried Ballistic Tips. Very accurate with RL22 in my gun. Since I antelope hunted with that load last year, I gave it a try on whitetails last fall during our doe firearms season. Not sure how the Ballistic Tips would perform at closer range, but they worked great. Not my ideal whitetail load, but great for antelope.

 

 

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