If for strictly deer I would get a 270 win. I own one & a creedmoor too.
The 270 shoot very flat & hits very very hard. My creedmoor hits harder mind but it’s runny a 28” barrel & a 147 ELD at 2888 FPS
25-06 is a great calibre but for them reds I feel a 270/ 30-06 or 308 is better suited!
Have owned both there’s really nothing in it at stalking ranges. The 30-06 is more versatile & can cover a broader range of deer with the bullet weight combination.
Currently own a 270 now! Both will kill deer inside 350 yards easy so it’s personally preference really.
Just sold mine for that price. The bigger picture is for the military contract is price. Schmidt are fantastic scopes don’t get me wrong but I’m just saying there not worth what they charge new.
£1650 is where they are now unfortunately.
For the range you stated I would get a 308 win. If you plan on going out to the 1000 yard range something in the 6.5 family would work..
I shoot a blaser R8 in 270 win & 6.5x284 Norma this covers all my hunting needs from close to mid range..
My long range only tool is an AI AT in 6.5 creedmoor
Well just want it for extracting deer mainly & a drive around foxing tool.
Never will be towing feed just deer (fallow & red) mainly on steep Devon countryside.
Looking at buying new. Second hand market is crap with zero warranty & nearly new prices. Least buying new I know what the bike has...