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25-06 Remington / History:
Centerfire Rifle Cartridges
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.

25-06 Remington:
The 25-06 Remington originally was a wildcat cartridge first introduced by A.O.Niedner in 1920 based on 30-06 Springfield brass necked down to .257" caliber, it was adopted by Remington and introduced to the shooting public in a Remington model 700 bolt action rifle in 1969. The 25-06 Remington is a true dual purpose cartridge, it can be used for varmints sending a 85 grain bullet out the muzzle at 3,500 feet per second, making this a very good, flat shooting varmint and predator round or it can be used as a big game cartridge sending 115 grain bullets out the muzzle at speeds of 3,100 feet per second for which it has sufficient power out to the 400 yard mark for thin skinned deer sized game animals.

 The 25-06 Remington with the power it offers down range will also recoil somewhat to the shooters shoulder with heavier bullet loadings, however, bullets in the 100 grain weight range recoil is less and also works well for a nice combination load for deer, predators and varmints which is quite pleasant to shoot.

 While much has been written about the 25-06 Remington cartridge, it truly is a great North American, dual purpose, varmint and big game cartridge. If you were looking to buy a new rifle just to hunt in North America and you were going to hunt pronghorn antelope, mule deer, white-tail deer, hogs with the occasional elk thrown in, for the most part, the flat shooting 25-06 Remington offers plenty of range and energy for that, for elk; leg and shoulder bones should be avoided and shots kept under 200 yards. If you were going to hunt varmints and predators at long range, well the 25-06 Remington has a flat enough bullet trajectory with plenty of bullet energy for that as well.

 To achieve maximum accuracy from your 25-06 Remington rifle there are several things you need to do correctly that will help increase your rifles overall accuracy capabilities.
First: Properly mount your riflescope.
Second: Properly break-in your rifle barrel.
Third: Properly sight-in your rifle.
Fourth: Properly clean your rifles bore.
 To accurately calculate ballistics for your rifle with ballistics programs you need to measure your rifles scope mounted height.


25-06 Remington / Hunting Applications:

243 Winchester vs. 260 Remington vs. 7mm-08 Remington vs. 308 Winchester.
25-06 Remington vs. 270 Winchester vs. 280 Remington vs. 30-06 Springfield.
264 Winchester Magnum vs. 7mm Remington Magnum vs. 300 Winchester Magnum.
 These are down range trajectory charts for the 25-06 Remington cartridge with the scope mounted 1.8 inches above the bore center line plus if you were using these loads, their effective hunting bullet energy range with well placed shots on;
Predators: Such As, Bobcat, Cougar And Coyote.
Deer Size Game: Such As, Antelope, Blacktail Deer, Hogs, Javelina, Mule Deer And Whitetail Deer.
Good Predator Hunting Load:
25-06 Remington rifle cartridge manufacturer: Winchester.
Bullet weight: 85 Grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .333.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 3,470 Feet Per Second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 2,272 Foot Pounds.
Bullet trajectory is set at 1 inch mid-range rise.
Rifle true zero is 218 Yards.
Maximum point blank range is 248 yards.
85 Grain Bullet
Down Range
At 100
Yards
At 200
Yards
At 300
Yards
At 400
Yards
At 500
Yards
Trajectory in Inches: + 0.9 0 - 5.1 - 15.4 - 32.2
Energy in Foot Pounds: 1,879 1,548 1,266 1,027 824
Predator Effectiveness: + + + + +
Good Deer Hunting Reload:
25-06 Remington rifle cartridge manufacturer: Handload.
Bullet weight: 100 Grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .393.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 3,296 Feet Per Second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 2,412 Foot Pounds.
Bullet trajectory is set at 2 inch mid-range rise.
Rifle true zero is 238 Yards.
Maximum point blank range is 279 yards.
100 Grain Bullet
Down Range
At 100
Yards
At 200
Yards
At 300
Yards
At 400
Yards
At 500
Yards
Trajectory in Inches: + 1.6 + 1.3 - 3.5 - 13.6 - 30.0
Energy in Foot Pounds: 2,050 1,737 1,464 1,225 1,018
Deer Effectiveness + + + + -
Good Deer Hunting Load:
25-06 Remington rifle cartridge manufacturer: Winchester.
Bullet weight: 110 Grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .420.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 3,100 Feet Per Second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 2,347 Foot Pounds.
Bullet trajectory is set at 2 inch mid-range rise.
Rifle true zero is 230 Yards.
Maximum point blank range is 265 yards.
110 Grain Bullet
Down Range
At 100
Yards
At 200
Yards
At 300
Yards
At 400
Yards
At 500
Yards
Trajectory in Inches: + 1.8 + 1.1 - 4.5 - 15.9 - 34.3
Energy in Foot Pounds: 2,011 1,717 1,458 1,230 1,031
Deer Effectiveness + + + + -

25-06 Remington / Specifications:
Rifle:
Barrel Length - 24".
Bore Twist Rate - 1 in 10".
Bore Groove Diameter - .257".
Cartridge:
Bullet Diameter - .257".
Primer Size - Large Rifle.
Case Neck Diameter - .290".
Case Shoulder Diameter - .441".
Case Base Diameter - .470".
Case Rim Diameter - .473".
Maximum Case Length - 2.494".
Trimmed Case Length - 2.484".
Maximum Overall Length - 3.250".
25-06 Remington
Rifle Cartridge
Manufacturer
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Muzzle
Velocity
Fps.
Muzzle
Energy
Ft. lbs.
Recoil
Energy
Ft. lbs.
Federal 85 .329 3,550 2,378 11.94
Winchester 90 .259 3,440 2,364 12.31
Federal 100 .394 3,220 2,302 13.07
Winchester 110 .420 3,100 2,347 13.79
Winchester 115 .446 3,060 2,392 14.43
Hornady 117 .390 3,110 2,512 15.10
Federal 120 .468 2,980 2,366 14.91

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25-06 Remington
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