I have a tremendous amount of respect for the 30/06, having hunted several countries, including Zimbabwe, with one that was my favorite medium caliber for over a decade. In Africa I had a lot of problems with mine although I didn't loose an animal, we did spend a lot of time tracking game that had been hit well. Hunters sometimes seem to ignore that the cartridge is simply a vessel for the bullets that actually kill and do the damage. In Zimbabwe I shot Sable, kudu, Waterbuck and others and ALL of my animals ran, sometimes several hundred yards. Sure they were dead when we found them but even with well placed shots it was obvious the bullets were not penetrating. I hit an Impala walking towards me on a game trail at no more than 40yds. It ran off !!! When we found it we also found the projectile had tumbled and the base was sticking out of the hide just behind the shoulder. Think that this was a full frontal shot to where the neck joins the chest and wonder how the bullet did a full 180 ??? As a result of the performance on this and other game in the preceding days I ended up passing up my one and only opportunity on Eland as I lacked confidence in my bullets. The 30/06 is plenty of cartridge and more than adequate for medium and large plains game when loaded with quality bullets, assuming placement is correct. T.S.X's, North Forks, C.E.B's and A-frames are what I would be loading for and expensive overseas hunt, or any other hunt involving killing game, as opposed to shooting at the range. Best of luck to you on your hunt.