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.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...