The more I shoot my 25-06, the more I like it. Being that I only shot one deer with it so far several years ago, I may just carry it this entire upcoming season for something different. It's zeroed with the factory Barnes 100 gr tipped TSX. Who else uses one?
"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity"
-Edgar Allan Poe
I bought mine in 1971 and have carried it almost every year since. In 1997 I used Dad's Savage 340 in 30-30 right after he died, and I have also carried a deceased friend's Winchester 88 in 308 a few times. But I always come back to the Remington 700 in 25-06 and have shot many a PA buck with it as well as a couple of Montana mulies and pronghorn.
Youth and enthusiasm will always be overcome by age and treachery.
It's really WAAAY too much gun for deer or bear. No need for such senseless overkill when a .223 or .243 is plenty. But I like to be sure use enough gun. So I take it deer hunting sometimes.
This coming from a fella who uses a 375 Weatherby Mag. to hunt those little black bears! LOL. I am not much better as I use a 340 Weatherby Mag. Back to the 25/06. It's a great cartridge for medium game. I have owned one and my 16 year old son currently owns one. I sold mine and replaced it with a 257 Weatherby Mag. It does not kill any quicker but it does shoot flatter and man is it FAST!
U.S. Army Infantryman(11B20-Sgt.) 1978-82
172nd Arctic Light Inf. Brigade (Alaska)
9th Inf. Division
I bought one when they were originally released way back in the late 60's...I think it was $109.00 for a Remington 700...still in use and still taking game to this day..way overlooked by .24 cal users and looked down upon by .284 and .308 cal users... it is a classic deer killer and will rightfully take it's place amongst the test of time..
Been using the 25-06 for 20 years. I have taken numerous Bucks and does..from 20 yds to 200 yds +/-..
never had one get away. Killed a 180 pound bear in 2010 here Pa. A 100 yd. shot, he dropped in his tracks. Since Federal fushions (120 gr) came out, that's all I have used including the bear. I use to use Federal 100 gr ballistic tips before that. Both bullets are an excellent choice.
You will not go wrong with this caliber !!
The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
There are over 15 calibers where the deer or black bear won't be able to tell the difference.
Never owned more than a couple of them. But over the years I known some to use some rather rare cartridges and less common ones, for deer or bear.
Knew a son who used the 25-06 successfully, while his old army vet father used the rare 257 Roberts.
Had one buddy who used a 6mm rifle; one who used a now rare 32 caliber Winchester Special. Then there was me who early in my career used only a .35 Remington Marlin.
All these hunters were successful deer hunters. I learned without having to buy more than 15 calibers, like newbies would have to buy.