30-06 - The calibre to love or hate?

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  1. Ridgewalker

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    I’d love to hear how this shoots as well as how the recoil is Rickmt?
     

  2. Rickmt

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    Will do ridgewalker!
     
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    Rick you're on the right track. I previously had s Colt Light Rifle, which was a Melvin designed gun sold for the masses. Fantastic shooter. I did pretty good with 130 TSX's but that gun can turned out my tightest group ever, in the low 2's, using 165 gr bullets. Granted mine were FailSafe not Accubonds, I think you'll find a great balance. An ultra light 30-06 with 165's will just plain do the job. With a modern premium bullet you won't be wanting on performance.
     
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    7x64 7x57 270 win 30.06 7mm rem mag 8mm rem mag 318 WR 8x57 all work same out to 200 plus m .................have hunted Africa with all the above

    These days whats clean zeroed and 200 rounds loaded or on tbe shelf flies with me ...never noticed any great difference ....... save for the 8mm Rem Mag .........drop in the boiler room ànd job done .....Shared a lodge with a guy recently 3 rifles for plainsgame .....and then regretted not bringing his 7mm rem mag ...... Jeasus on a bike relax ...passed up a Kudu as did not have xxxx calibre in his hand .......He was my excuse for my Klippie intake before dinner each night ......
     

  5. Rickmt

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    sounds good Milehighshooter !
     

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    The .30/06 ,is a great calibre. I've taken PG up to wildebeest and kudu with no problem. Shot sharks and camels with it, and lots of stuff here in Oz. My daughter even rolled her NT buffalo with my 30/06 - using Woodleigh 180gr PSPs.

    Like with any precision instrument, it has to be correctly prepared and used for it's intended purpose. So, as long as you reload intelligently - using appropriate bullet selection - there's no reason why it can't be used for everything up to the heaviest of deer and antelope (including leopard).

    (y)
     

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    It’s like anything else, if a fella buys a rifle puts cheap glass on it the grabs a box of Remington corelocks and expects to go out and be successful he’s fooling himself. These are also the folks that boresite the rifle and only shoot it maybe once a year and at an animal resulting in a wounded/lost animal or a miss then blame the rifle. Truth is to be proficient with any rifle, regardless of caliber, it takes acceptable quality accessories, good ammo, and a ton of sweat equity via practice.
    Another issue is using calibers with either poor bullet pairing for game sought or just flat out pushing the caliber beyond its intended threshold.
    Unfortunately the above examples are waaaay to common. The average North American hunter is unfortunately part of a group of people that, as a whole, love everything about guns except shooting them. Additionally, the average hunter thinks he knows a whole lot more than he really does.
    Don’t get me wrong, there are some super squared away men and women out there and a hellava lot of them on this great site which makes hunting with them a true joy. But..... wow have I seen some fellas that really need to be honest with themself and put forth the effort.
     
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    +1
     
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    I tried to not like the 30-06 for years, because that's what my Dad and his hunting buddies all used. I thought I was way more sophisticated than them. So I used many other cartridges but never a 30-06 until quite recently. I still prefer certain other cartridges for certain jobs, but now I have a couple of 30-06 rifles and like them too.
     
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    My favorite 30-06 loves 180 gun Remington Corelocks.
    I would love for it to shoot a better bullet nearly as well, but if I HAVE to make a shot, that is what goes in the rifle.
     

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    I killed my first deer with an '06 forty nine years ago, and yes, it was a 180 grain corelokt. Many more since then, plus a number of groundhogs and varmints and on my one and only plainsgame hunt jackal, springbok, hartebeest, warthog, gemsbok, kudu and zebra have since fallen to my '06. When i do my part, it's one shot kills, everything in Africa was.
    I have and use loads with buckshot, 100 grain plinkers, 125 grain varmint bullets, 150, 165 and 180 grain big game bullets.
    My problem with it is, I really can't justify getting another caliber. I've had a bunch of other bigger ones that I've sold off, and am gradually selling the smaller bores, as well. Currently i have an itch for another bigger bore, but i just can't come up with anything I can afford to hunt that my old beat up '06 won't handle. That's the problem with an accurate rifle in a versatile caliber. I could live with just my 22, my '06, my 12 gauge and my muzzleloader. I just might be there in a couple years.

    Bfly
     
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    My daughter with her buffalo, using my 30/06 with Woodleigh 180gr PSP (Yep! I'm a proud Dad!): 20171118_151548.jpg
     
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    A proud dad as you should be. Lovely young huntress and obviously a great shot!
     
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    Thanks mate!! She just loves going hunting with Dad, and especially so in Africa (And btw I'm still ticked off we each missed the Group Hunt in July!!).
     
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    The '06 works just fine, just don't ask it to do what it was not designed to so.
     
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    My first encounter with 06 was an issue M-1 Garand compliments of Uncle Sam way back in the dark ages. Love at first round and still to this day. I just bought an 06 from MRC. My first one in years except for my old match grade M-1. It was made the same year I was and shoots better than I can. Once you have an 06 you can't live without one.
     

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    Never fired one but I reckon they must’ve be a favourite with the Yanks. They like the Ought-6
    My guess is the .308 is more popular down under for various reasons but we’d all know the .30-06 has a little more go and it’s offspring the .270 is highly regarded
     
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    Very nice and I must say “congratulations”.
     
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    All three 308 270 and 30/06 are great.
    My preference however though is the 270.
     
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    Here's an old Mauser 2000 30-06 I used deer hunting on Kodiak. This 60" fox was shot with a 220 grain round nose. The small exit hole is to the right of the rifle. Minimal damage. 20171130_150433.jpeg
     
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