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    25 Cal bullet choice

    Hello all,

    Looking to pick the collective reloading brains of the mighty SD.

    I’ve got a .257 Roberts coming and as such it looks like I’ll finally have to bite the bullet (boom-boom) and start reloading.

    So, what are you folks using as 25 Cal projectiles?

    My likely list looks like:

    Hornady 117gr SST – Might be a bit too rapidly expanding
    Hornady 117gr BTSP – Interesting but maybe a bit blunt
    Hornady 110gr Interbond – Might be most flat shooting

    Sierra 117gr SPBT (Spitzer boat tail) Game King – Very like the Hornady offering
    Sierra 120gr Boat HPBT – Might be a bit tough at Roberts speeds

    So, any suggestions one what you use in your .257 or .25-‘06

    Any input greatly appreciated.


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    i used 117 gr SGK'S in my late 25-06 they did all that was needed of them better than the sst in my mind.

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    Take the Sierra over the hornady personally ,
    But I like Speer 100 grn hotcore

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    Ah another .257 Roberts user. Mines a Ruger No.1

    I've been doing some experimenting with mine since getting it a while back. I do reload.
    Have tried quite a few different bullets and am currently testing Nosler combined technology 115 and 85 grain bullets. Had a go with some h414 and rl15 respectively the other day and was quite pleased. Tried h380 but found that case necks on 120 Sierra hollow points were coming out sooty.

    I have a few different bullets left over from various trials if you want to try some out.

    My feelings this far is that 120gr bullets are too heavy and you are better driving a 100gr around the 3000fps mark.
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    Speer Hot Cor or Game Kings.~Muir

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    Unlikely the calibre mentioned will be in a rifle of the ideal twist for an 85g bullet.

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    Thanks folks, keep it coming.

    Klench, I'd want something working with 100gr+ for our friends North of the Border...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Speer Hot Cor or Game Kings.~Muir
    Thanks Muir, wondered when you'd show up

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    Sierra 1620 100gn Prohunter (spitzer flatbase with a slightly thicker jacket than the Gameking) & Nosler 110gn Accubond work very well.
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeangeo View Post
    Sierra 1620 100gn Prohunter (spitzer flatbase with a slightly thicker jacket than the Gameking) & Nosler 110gn Accubond work very well.
    +1 on the 1620's ,i had a fair few issues with 117 fragmenting and settled on the 1620's and vmax75's in my 25-06 ,the 100gn was over h1000 and the vmax over 4895 bother were very accurate

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