Monday, December 29, 2014

Update on the .25-06

I bought a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x scope.  I assume "Prostaff" means they are made in China since is was only about $170.  I have no complaints.  It's very clear.  I would kind of liked to have had a 4-12x, but I didn't see one I liked.  And, really, given my limited abilities, 9x is going to let me see clearly as far as I can expect to reliably hit anything.    

I sighted in with Remington factory 100-grain PSP bullets (exposed lead spire points).  My last 3 shots at 100 yards looked like this:

As you can tell, I don't like to spend too much on targets.  That was off an improvised rest, but it was pretty solid. 

I have dies, bullets and powder, but I haven't loaded anything yet since I needed to empty some brass.  I've got 117-grain Hornady bullets to try with Hodgdon's Hybrid100 powder -- never tried it before, but my new edition of Lee's Modern Reloading lists it at the top.  Instead of 87-grain bullets on the light end, I got some 75-grain Sierra hollow-points, which I will load over Hodgdon's good ol' 4895.  My cousin shoots nothing but 100-grain Sierras in his .25-06, and I think he uses H4895, but he's been shooting a .25-06 since Hector was a pup.  He's old and set in his ways, not to mention a dead shot.  I'm sure the Cong were nearly as relieved as he was when he got on the plane for home.

The recoil on these 100-grain factory rounds is negligible.  You get a little bounce.  If the 117-grainers are no worse, that maybe what I go with, depending on accuracy.  The heavier-for-caliber bullets are preferable for extending the range.  But I have to try the lighter bullets because they will be radical on coyotes if the rifle likes them.

Speaking of Lee, the dies I bought are Lee.  I got the neck-sizer die, a seating die and a collet crimp die.  Neck-sizing is really all you need -- in my opinion -- for a bolt-action, so long as you are using them in the same rifle all the time.  I use neck-sizing only for my NEF break-open .223, and I've never had any problems.  Plus, there is no need to lube the cases or worry about a case sticking in the die.  It's simpler, and I'm happier.

If you are reloading for a semi-auto, obviously, full-length sizing would be required.  Also, if I had two or more rifles in the same caliber, I'd probably feel better using a full-length die.    

So that's where we are for now.


  1. Penny grouping...


  2. The 700s, even the cheap ones, do tend to shoot well.

  3. That's some good shooting. Good bang for your buck with that setup.

  4. I'm happy. Even the Big M, my nephew who was the main instigator of this purchase, was happy when I showed him.

    I shot some of the 75-grain reloads, and they were OK. It was cold and my fingers were cold so that might have had something to do with those groups not being as tight. They weren't bad but I tend to think I was the majority of the problem. I also have some 117-grain Hornady ballistic tips loaded to try as soon as it gets a little warmer.

    It's really on its way to alienating my affection for some of my other shooting irons.