i love em, i have 2 myself, 1 is a remington sendero, and the others a browning a-bolt with a boss, they both shoot great, the 25/06 is a extremly accurate round in my experience, the sendero i have will shoot the first 3 shots touching each other at 150yds, a-bolt will do it with only the 1st 2 shots, then cuz of the light barrel i,m sure,, it will have a 3rd shot flyer of about a inch to the right,,, just my .02
The 25-06 is a necked down 30-06 and one of the more popular 30-06 derived cartridges. 35 whelen, 338-06, 8mm-06 are in the same family.
Its a good flat shooting 25 caliber, ammo is fairly easy to find, accuracy will depend more on the rifle than the cartridge itself. There is a small but feverish 25-06 fan base. Other 25 calibers that are popular are the 25 wssm, 257 wby mag, and 257 roberts.
My husband found a used 25-06 about a year ago. Its a Remington 700 ADL with an inexpensive Bushnell scope and he only gave about $250. If you shop around locally you can sometimes find good buys on used ones. We felt this was a really fantastic buy.
Its very accurate and we both enjoy shooting it.
BTW we buy most of our guns used. Even though its nice to have a brand new one from time to time, buying used allows us to own more guns!
I like mine,, I used to shoot a remington 700 bdl,, it was my dads, I loved that gun. it killed a lot of deer, I find it to be a very good deer gun. I just recently bought a winchester 70 classic sporter, I like it too, shot my biggest deer ever with it this year. the remington liked the heavier 115 gr. bullets, and this win. likes 100 gr bullets the best, both guns shot dime sized groups at 100 yds with these bullets. and I prefer the nosler bullets. but that's all self preference there, you will just have to find the one your gun likes if you buy one.
Anyone who shoots a sabot bullet has had the problem with loading the next round with a dirty barrel we have all struggled with it.
Between muzzleloader shots I have done some research and testing on my own to find out what works for me for the next shot. I have been using a product called bore butter and when the muzzleloader is just sitting around I leave it caked in the barrel for protection. Have also found that if I lube my sabots with bore butter they really slide nicely down the barrel....