Ive used a 25-06 for the last ten or so years, in fact the original rifle is now on its second barrel and to be honest, I love the calibre.
My usual bullet of choice is a 100g Speer Hot Core (bonded bullet) and up until recently, I have had no issues with performance.
Accuracy is very good, ive never had any animal walk more than a dozen paces after being shot, usually they are DRT, be that heart / lung or necked.
However,, just of late, I am finding that there is alot of hydrolastic damage - a quartering shot will cause a " blown" shoulder if the bullet passes too closely to the connective tissue for instance.
(were talking predominatly Reds here by the way - I dont get the same problem with Roe)
There could be several reasons for this, I know;
one thing I am doing is taking animals alot closer than I used to, most of my shots are now under 100 mtrs - I wonder if this is the prime reason for the damage.
Simply, the bullet is travelling too fast to maintain controlled expansion.
I shot three staggies earlier in the month with the 25-06, all bettween 70 and 90 mtrs, all chest, no shoulder contact, yet all exhibiting "blown" shoulder.
Last light, yesterday, took another staggie, this time at 150 mtrs (quartering) with the 6.5x284 and a Barnes TSX - no shoulder damage........and total pass through - chest wall - chest wall and exit.
This makes me think that the .257 100g Speers are not quite up to the job in the 25-06.
So, I wonder what alternatives are used out there, suggestions gratefully welcomed;
My own thoughts are:
117 Hornady Interlock
120 Sierra Prohunter
120 Sierra Gameking
Ive already tried partitions - hate the darn things - too inaccurate for me.
Dont want any kind of "ballistic" tip..
Anyone any suggestions on a reliable, sturdy and accurate .257" alternative to the current loading that weighs bettween 100 - 120 g?
Unless of course Barnes now do .257 solids......