Thanks for the replies, JD I'm in northeast MS not far from Tupelo and yes I patrol for possums (19 yrs). The best load (of many) I worked up on my 25.06 I could shoot maybe 2-3 shots in a 1.5" group then it would start stringing then 2-4", just was no consistancy and I didn't have any confidence in the gun at all. I have the Redfield SMP mount and rings(3) and was using a Simmons Atec 3.8-12 AO scope. Now I know this is not the best scope in the world but was trying to get a decent scope for the money so I could buy more barrels and scope them, and leave the scope mounted. I don't want to be changing scopes every time I change barrels. So to check the scope I took one of my Leupole 3.5-10 scopes off one of my bolt guns, tried it, and got the same results.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.