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 have done everything possible to get my kids involved in hunting. Every time out whether it be scouting, camping or during the actual hunt, I will challenge them to find their way back without using any electronics (GPS). Also without a compass. They know by now that I am going to challenge one of them, so right off the bat when leaving our vehicle or camp they will start picking out land marks to help them out. Makes me and them feel confident that if we were to somehow separate that they...