Monday, December 29, 2014
Update on the .25-06
I sighted in with Remington factory 100-grain PSP bullets (exposed lead spire points). My last 3 shots at 100 yards looked like this:
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.