I had heard the same thing from and old timer gun dealer. His suggestions was not to spend too much time looking for one. I just thought they looked cool. Oh well !Compared with Winchester and FN repeaters of the period, Remington guns were 'soft' in heat-treat and rather short-lived. It's not often we find a well used Remington that still works. They tend to be 'near new' or broke.
I have one that can ring a 12” gong at 200 yds.with two or three shooters. Armidillos and jack rabbits really do not like that little rifle. NormanaRemingtons of a bygone era in excellent condition, like the Remington model 17, the Remington model 14/141, the Remington model 25, etc., are all excellent firearms if they have been treated with respect from the day they were owned.
Some of these rifles now are 100 years old or thereabouts.
They are light, well-balanced, great shooters.
If you happen to find one for a reasonable price, by all means buy it. I don’t believe you will be in anyway disappointed.
The 25-20 is an extremely fun little cartridge to shoot, and since it is derived from a black powder cartridge, it’s chamber pressure is not incredibly robust, so if the Remington model 25 you acquire has been well cared for, it will probably last you the remainder of your life if you care for it the same way.
A comment made by someone who owns all of the guns listed above, and enjoys them for the treasures the are.