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BB is right on, the 25-06 which is a necked down 30-06 for speed doesn't really do anything better than a 270 win. The bullet weight advantage of the 270 makes it the better choise for deer/elk. If the 25-06 was primarally used for antelope and an occasional deer maybe I could sway twords it. I'm pretty sure that was the origional idea for the widlcat development for western light weight animals. The 300 yd drop on the 120 gr 25-06 is 7.2" vs the 130gr 270 at 6.7" and you'll have more stored energy with the 270's heavier bullet. Stick with the 270 it just does most things better.
 

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That does change things a bit, I wish that I had shot a 25-06 to know the recoil difference. If a woman doesn't like the recoil of a 270 try the Rem 260. It will shoot a 140 gr bullet and recoil is like a 243 this I do know as my son had a 260 as a 14 year old and had no problems. I shot my first buck with a 243 which is a great smaller cal.
 
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