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ejipner

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I just built a 25-45 sharps, it is simply a 25 cal bullet in a 223 case, no trim neccasary. With an 87 gr bullet it is supposed to be reaching 3000fps. I have loaded 100 gr and I have been greeting pretty good accuracy. I am very happy with this little round, very little powder needed to make a very deadly round. Hopefully will be slaying a deer this fall.

I haven't had time to take pics of anything other then the gun pre scope. I will get get some pics hopefully this weekend if the weather is right.

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crazysccrmd

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What barrel length did you go with? I'm interested to see how much velocity is dropped from their 3000fps claim when it isn't a 24" barrel.

The 87s will probably be your best choice with the cartridge size, 100s take up a lot of powder space. The shortest 100gr bullets I've used are the Hornady Interlock and Speer flatbase softpoint. With the larger 25x6.8 I can drive the 100s to around 2900fps (depending on what bullet) and the 87s to 3100fps, in an 18" barrel. With that as a comparison the 25x45 might not be putting the 100s out fast enough to be as effective as an 87. I've hunted with the 87s loaded to 3000fps and they are devestating on game.

This pig was laid open by an 87gr at roughly 70yds.

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ejipner

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What powders have you been using? I have been reloading with hornady 100 interlocks. Been pretty accurate. I just picked up some Speer 75s. What kind of loads have u been using? 3100 is pretty impressive.
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crazysccrmd

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Mine is based on the 6.8 case so it has about a 6gr larger case capacity. For those fast 87s I use AA2200, also works well for the 75s and 90gr bullets. H4198 and RE10X did pretty good as well. The 100s are better with slower powders - H4895, IMR8208XBR, CFE 223 and Leverevolution mainly.

I'm not sure how that data will translate to the smaller 5.56 case but thought it might be a helpful reference.

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rdsii64

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I have been looking at that 25-45 round. The problem is with a .223 and a 20 inch barrel I can toss 75 grain Swift Scirocco's at 2908 with AA2520.
Inside 150 yards I cant see the 25-45 offering me any advantage. past 150 yards and anything based on a 223 case is the wrong round for hunting big critters.
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ejipner

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So I just did a batch with both 75 and 100 grs today. Will be shooting and taking pictures of my results tomorrow. The .25 in the 6.8 case is that a .25 dti?

I felt the same way about the 223 case, but the abundance of brass everywhere for next to nothing it was hard for me to pass that up, I plan on taking a deer with it this year.
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actsman

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How did it go? Both the deer hunt and your reloads?

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So I just did a batch with both 75 and 100 grs today. Will be shooting and taking pictures of my results tomorrow. The .25 in the 6.8 case is that a .25 dti?

I felt the same way about the 223 case, but the abundance of brass everywhere for next to nothing it was hard for me to pass that up, I plan on taking a deer with it this year.
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ejipner

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The reloads went really good tight groups, it likes everything I have given it. Still haven't killed with it yet. Hopefully this year, my daughter uses it now. She loves it
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Hawkeye

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I have been shooting the 25-45 sharps for about two years , using H-322 getting about 2950 from a 20" barrel, with a 87 gr . Serria , also been shooting 100 gr. Serria too, Have a 18" barrel and getting about 2875 out of it, best group has Been .435 and a avg. of .5 to.75 group at 100 yrds. My grandkids use these for deer hunting and so far no loss deer with complete pass thru shots, I can't say that with a .223 , using 77 gr serria's lung shot with no pass thru . Which makes tracking hard with a single .233 hole in a pine thicket , just my two cents worth
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Hawkeye
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