After reading more posts then I care to comment on I have developed a question that has more variables then givens. I was wondering what STOCK model/brand 25-06 would you guys recommend. I say stock because I would be looking for a heavy barreled model that would eat factory loads out to 500 yds on deer size critters or smaller. That's not to say a bit of accurizing isn't an option but would like to start out with a great base stick. I don't hand load at this point in time but that's not to say I wont start somewhere down the road. I really don't mind spending a bit more upfront for the base rifle if the $$$ is justified. Like all ya'll I want the most bang for the buck. Thanks in advance for any and all help.