I have a Savage Model 111 in .25-06. Very accurate rifle. Problem is, that hasn't translated into DRT deer, like I've had with my .30-06. I lost 3 deer last season that I was pretty sure I hit, one I found blood, none on the other 2.
I was shooting a ballistic tip, and I blame that for it at this point. My answer was to go buy some Nosler partitions and start reloading my own. My intent is to hit em harder this year, and see how they like me now....
I have a bicentennial edition Ruger MK II in 25'06. I deer hunted with it for maybe 6 or 7 years. No problems. I still shoot it every year. Mine likes Federal Premium in Nosler ballistic tips. Great round. As with any round, shot placement is paramount.
I have some Lee 25-06 dies that i bought with a bunch of reloading stuff.. interested? I can hook you up for cheap cheap!!
I have no use for them.
Me and my buddy were talking about deer last night, My lil stevens .223 with 55gr FMJ Tula steel case cheap ammo, has dropped 7 deer DRT with 7 shots from 50-225yds. So i dont want to hear about yalls deer running off with the big guns
Even got a crow at 250yds and a coyote at 300..
.25-06 is a great cartridge. Man those bullets are really moving out and the trajectory is extremely flat. I know about the concern of such a small bullet on bigger game, but with the development of the newer solid bullets, the small bore guns can take on much bigger game than before. As nonnieelsman said, even a 223 FMJ can take a deer if you know what you're doing. I don't have a .25-06 any more, but I used to have an A-bolt in .25-06 and I sure miss it. Lots of respect for this cartridge.