Mr. Whimsy- I admittedly got off on a rabbit trail with the whole 120 gr. 25-06 thing. I realize you are looking for a short rifle, and a .260 will indeed work better for that.
Doyle- We have alot of that kind of hunting up here too, but some of my hunts are on mountaintops where I can look down across open hayfields, valleys and ridges and sometimes have a shot opportunity at 300+ yards. For that type of work I love my .25-06. And If you are around Boone anytime, PM me on here and we'll meet up. I dont drink but Ill have a bottle of pop