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Question by tybow99. Uploaded on January 13, 2012
As with most bullets: a lot further than the average person can shoot accurately.
400-500 yards should be no problem for the round, assuming a decent rifle. Theoretically, with quality handloads and a great rifle, in the hands of someone who really knows what they're doing, 800-1000 yards. But at that range there are other rounds that will work better.
Depends on the load and the shooter.
Lol..Sure does. It also depends on what you consider accurate @ 1000 yards 12" groups @ 500 yards 6" groups. 7.62x51 /308 equals 6" groups @1000 yards. For all intended hunting purposes the 30/06 is a 500 yard round in the right hands. In a once a year shooters hands 100 yards on a calm day.
Maximum "effective" range for big game is 200-250 yards.
OH~ Hit the nail on the head, If you want to shoot Zip Code to Zip Code you need a "338 Lapua"
Let me put it this way in WW1 dough boys and devil dogs were dropping the Huns out to 1000 yards with their 1903 Springfields chambered in 30/06.
It's not the cartridges range that concerns me for hunting, it's the shooter. As for 1000 yard shooting a .338 Lapua is a good choice, but so is a 6mm BR, 6mm Dasher, 6.5-284, 6.5 Creedmore, you don't need a huge cartridge for paper punching at long range, but for game you do. (I like the Lapua by the way) Don't get me wrong the '06 is capable of taking elk cleanly out to 600 yards easily if the shooter knows what they're doing.
The 30-06 will maintain its effective ACCURACY range for slightly over 1,400 yards shooting a 210 Berger at a muzzle velocity of 2600 fps. After that, it crosses the sound barrier destroying its accuracy. 1000 yard accuracy levels of six inch, ten shot groups are possible with top notch equipment and skill but its accuracy will not rival today's top cartridges such as the .300 WSM, .300 WM, and those mentioned by BB25 above.
The 30-06 does not have enough energy to effectively kill deer and larger animals beyond about 700 yards (less with most bullets) and most sporting rifles used today do not have the accuracy required to hunt beyond about 400 yards. A good rifle with a nice premium barrel and great optics plus lots of practice will make it effective for elk out to 600 yards for sure.
Carlos Hathcock's longest shot with a 30-06 was very close to a mile. He sighted in his rifle at 800 yards.
In my opinion if you are shooting game deer, elk, etc at distances greater than 300 yards, you need to get closer. Too many things can go wrong at long distances. If you are target shooting, practice, practice, practice and good luck.
the accuracy is not the choice of the gun its the choice of the shooter.
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