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
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...