30-06 - The calibre to love or hate?

Discussion in 'Up To .375' started by Ado, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Milehighshooter

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    Ridge I hadgood luck with the 130 TSX *not ttsx* in my old colt light rifle. I do believe I was in the mid 50gr range with IMR4064. Can't remember my groups but i took that combo on a timeline velvet mulie hunt and it did the trick. I load the same recipe for my cousins wife in a Ruger mkII, shoots better in hers, but very mild recoil.
     
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  2. Ridgewalker

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    So far using Barnes 130 TTSX 5/8” for three shots at 100m is my best full out load. I’m using softer Hornady for these lighter loads, then if accuracy is good, I’ll test them in wet paper stacks to see if I get enough penetration and expansion. I really enjoy playing with this stuff! A lot more fun than designing test equipment:LOL:!
     
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    For the majority of shooters and most hunters this is accurate. Especially as we get safes full of guns.
    However for the beginner or first timer with only one or two guns the flexibility is great. My first bolt, scoped rifle was a 270win. I handloaded it for everything. 90gr Speer hp for varmints (screaming, accurate and explosive); 130s for whitetail, and 140gr Failsafe and Barnes X for elk and hogs. Still have that rifle and never shoot anything but the 140s now that I have a 243 and a 5.56. But for 15 years or so that was a my one gun arsenal.
     
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  4. Alaska

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    I have and always will have a 30-06. From Whitetail Deer to Alaskan Moose has fallen to my 30-06. Within its limitations a excellent cal for hunting big game in North America. With today good bullets and ammo selections it’s never been so good for the 30-06.
     
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    Benoit Brothers and senior all used Rem 760 Carbine in 30-06 and were very popular back in the 70’s for big bucks harvested.
     

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    I started out hunting North American Whitetail Deer with the 30-06. I got that round because it's the caliber shot my my father in-law who taught me to shoot!

    The '06 worked great on Whitetails, no surprise there. But then we took a rifle chambered in 30-06 and .375 H&H on our Africa hunt. What amazed me was the power of the 30-06. My first kill was a good sized Zebra; much larger than a 180 lb Whitetail buck! I have friends that have successfully hunted Black Bear and Elk with it. Until you've hunted larger game you'll never know that your round is capable of and the '06 can do a lot.

    Oh and another thing. Things get lost. Maybe you forget to pack that extra box of cartridges. You can get 30-06 literally ANYWHERE.
     

  7. tarbe

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    No. Nothing inherently wrong with the 30-06.

    Can it be employed incorrectly? Of course. Like any other cartridge.
     
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    What’s not to love..... name 1 thing?
     
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    Well, to be honest...I wish it had a rim. I'd love a 30-06R in a No1 or a Dakota 10.

    Maybe I'll have to do a .405-.308?

    Hmmm....310GNR....

    Dang 30R Blaser is unobtanium...
     
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  10. BWH

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    That’s just being particular.... no reason to discount the sturdiness of what was originally created
     

  11. tarbe

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    Not discounting anything. Rims are more positive to extract in single shots and break-opens.
     

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    I’ll trust your judgment there.... no experience on those accounts. Just speaking on behalf of bolt actions.
     

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    whats not to love.If you had all the game in one pile killed in the us with a 06 or a 30-30 it would be one hell of apile
     
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    The 30/06 is a wonderful cartridge. It’s a versatile cartridge and if you like you can “improve” it. Used a 30/06 for many years (I actually had 2).
    The 308 is more compact but the 30/06 is just a bit more versatile. Love the ‘06!
     
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    I am so happy, that there is non....

    Because it does not need one….. not for a break open gun!



    DSC02456.JPG .30-06 Springfield in a Heym O/U double and a Merkel 211 combination gun, 12ga shotgun barrel with .223 Remington insert barrel.

    All rimless cartridges working flawlessly.


    HWL
     

  16. tarbe

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    Yes, I have had break-opens in rimless chamberings.

    My point is that the extractor must move in two planes for rimless and the extra complexity makes them less "foolproof".

    I am splitting hairs...I understand. But that is what makes it a hobby!
     
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    One of the best cartridges in my opinion. Many years in Africa I used it in a Sauer Drilling, 165 and 180 gr Nosler Partitions. Only an extremely inexperienced hunter would hate the great 06.
     
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    It's a great caliber...I have hunted everything from eland to duiker with my 30-06 and FACTORY ammo, and it performs well in bushveld and more open grasslands alike. Condemning it because it's old???? Can't agree with that.....​
     
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    I have 2 model 70 featherweights. A 270 and a 300wsm. I love them both . Nothing I have ever picked up feels so right .
    Six months ago I ordered a 30.06 from Mr Forbes at New Ultralight Arms. I plan on stuffing it with 165 Nosler Accubonds for everything here in Montana. I am excited to be able to carry a lighter rifle in the mountains.
    I will take the 300 wsm to Africa with 180 Nosler Accubonds for larger plains game next June.
     
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    My love afair started 46 years ago when I shot my first impala with a 30-06. The first rifle I owned was a 30-06. The 30-06 is the first rifle I pack, when going hunting .
     
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