The 25-06 really isn't fur friendly, but my experience with any of these larger cartridges and predators is that you're always better off with big game ammo. Keeping your bullets stout and relatively slow for the caliber will give you an exit but they will do less damage than a "varmint" load.
Thanks for the help i think I'm going to go with a 243 instead, the ammo will be cheaper and it will get the job done with coyote and deer. I was looking at getting either the weatherby vanguard or the marlin xs7 so its just time to dish out the money.
Have you checked out the .220 swift or the 22-250 for varmint hunting? I think .243 is a little big but it deffinately get the job done. I like the weatherby vanguards pretty good rifle for the money. Don't own one but they were nice to handle
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...