I am interested in the topic of using a 25-06 to take Elk. Through my research I have found very mixed opinions on the matter. I would just like to hear some imput from everyone and reasoning behind your opinion. Thanks a bunch!
Would not be my choice either. Problem I have is bullet selection. Heaviest bullet easily avaliable is 120grs. I think the 270 pretty much set's the standard for a min elk cartridge. The 130gr bullet has killed a lot ok elk but I think the 150gr is better. A heavier bullet should penetrate better and hold together on large mussel and bone. That said, the smallest cal I would choose is a 6.5. I have shot two with my 6.5x06 and would certainly use my 6.5x55, both with a min 140gr bullet.
I used my 25-06 this past season with success. I shot a cow elk at 300 yds and she dropped within 10 yds of where I shot here. We quartered her out and the four quarters I had processed weighed in at 300 pnds. We estimated her live weight to be about 800 pnds. One important point - I hand load, and used 115 gr Barnes TSX going 3000 fps. I don't know if factory loads can match this. Also, my shot went through the front left shoulder, did not hit bone, and penetrated both lungs and heart. I now have a 8mm that I plan on using this coming season if I can go (just had back surgery and still recovering). Like the others said, it wouldn't be my first choice - at the time of the hunt, I didn't have a heavier caliber to use. However, I do believe it is very capable with the right bullet and shot placement.
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.