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What is the best 25-06 whitetail deer bullet ?

Hi Guy 's
New to the forum. Here is my question , I just got a new 25-06 barrel for my encore rifle and was wondering what is the best bullet for whitetail deer? Also
what would be a good load?

Thanks Guy 's

jr 1968

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What is the best 25-06 whitetail deer bullet ?

Welcome to BGH.

Best bullet is a subjective thing. I like the 117gr Hornady but most of the bullets have their fans. I think most would vote for a 100 gr bullet. A bit to distructive for me. The 117 might be a bit hard tho. A good shot with it and the deer go maybe fifteen or twenty yards and fall down. I don't shoot preimun bullets so can't say much about them. Can't imagine a need for them tho. As for loads, I like IMR4350 best. Have heard RL22 is good but haven't had any luck with it myself.

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What is the best 25-06 whitetail deer bullet ?

nosler partitions are th best you can buy! IMHO

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What is the best 25-06 whitetail deer bullet ?

I have not found Whitetail that hard to kill. My favorite rifle for deer is my .257 Ackley Improved. It is balistically very close to the .25-05. I have shot dozens of deer, antelope, and sheep with my .257 AI. Most were one shot kills. I prefer heavy-for-caliber bullets, which in .25 caliber are 115-120 grains. I've used Sierras, Hornadys, and Noslers with about equal results. I don't feel you need premium bullets for deer sized animals.

Use the bullet that is most accurate in your rifle. Where you hit them is often more important than what you hit them with.

I'm getting 3 shot MOA accuracy at 3000 fps with IMR 7828 in my .257 AI.

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Welcome to BGH Buffybr. Where are you in Montana?

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In my mind, the best bullet is the one that shoots the best of appropiate weight.
I do use and prefer the premium types, not that they're needed, just I like the assurances they provide. When one looks at the cost overall of hunting, doubling the price of the of the part that does the final work, is of little expense really.
In most cases I would say the 100 gr. is a tad light for my taste, but in a TSX 100 gr. would suit me fine if it shot well, just because it retains nearly all it's weight. Otherwise, I tend to lean towards the slightly heavier for caliber side. Just in case I have to take something other than a broadside shot.

Dave

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Thanks for the welcome, Don. I live near Bozeman. Moved up here in '75 from Colorado.

I've reloaded and hunted since the late 60's. I've successfully hunted almost all of the big game animals in Montana. I've also hunted Alaska, Canada, and Africa.

I primarily hunt with a rifle, but I have also successfully hunted with archery, muzzleloader, pistol, and shotgun. I play golf in my spare time.

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Indeed, welcome buffybr.
What pistol(s) do use for hunting?
I play alil golf too,,,,sorta...."dump golf" pistol practice
the sand wedge works pretty good for 22rf's
5-9 irons for the 218 bee
1-5 woods for the bigger stuff
although I think I'll need a different "target launcher system" when the XP gets done Think

Dave

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onesonek,
I actually don't specifically hunt with a pistol. I usually have one with me whenever I'm in the woods and usually carry one when rifle hunting. Usually a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 mag, or a S&W Model 66 .357 mag.

The two animals that I've shot with a pistol were both black bears, the first was when I lived in Colorado, shot with a .45 ACP. The second was here in Montana, shot with a .44 mag. Both were spot and stalk and spotted when I was in the woods doing something else.

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back-up never hurts whne hunting in country where bear and cats reside.
btw, wasn't making fun of you and golf,,,i use to play the game,,,just run out of time. but guys bring me all their cut balls, as they do make excellent targets.

Dave

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Gold balls do make great targets. Throw one in the air and shoot it with a 12 ga skeet load .... it will fly about as far as if hit with a 7 iron.

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