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What other caliber has as much versatility as the 30-06? It comes in 8 bullet weights, ranging from a 55 grain accelerator to a 220 grain bullet. It is my opinion the 30-06 will take anything you can hunt in North American.

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from hunt3r wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

amen to that! the 30/06 is a fantastic caliber. I never really cared for the accelerator bullets but you can hunt anything in north america with it. I believe the .270 win .280 rem come darn close to maching its versitility. I myself am slowley coming around to the .270, I just got one. I've always favored .30 caliber rifles for some reason. I believe that my favorite caliber is the 300 win mag. With mine, I basically have a hot loaded 30/06. I push a 168 grain barnes txs at about 2920fps with world beating accuracy and little recoil. A 30/06 would also do me just fine. This combo is my all around load for deer up to moose.
I've worked up some fantastically accurate loads for my 30/06! I havn't noticed that it is more or less inherintly accurate than a .308 winchester.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

#0/06 his my favorite except if I am after somthing wil Fangs Or Claws then I step up to 375 H&H

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

should have proof read.. some(e)thing ,mia maxima culpa.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

30/o6 also! OY Vey

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

How can anyone question the 30-06? Its been going strong for over 100 years and is a great and versatile cartrige. Not to discourage anyone from the 30-06 but I must say that I don't use one... I have gone to the 25-06 as my primary rifle because I do a lot of shooting on the lower end of the scale. I shoot a lot of varmints, especially prairie dogs and I also do a lot of target shooting. The 30-06, although a great hunting round is not so great at the target range or the prairie dog town. It just has too much recoil to allow me to shoot several hundred rounds a day. It can shoot sabots but they just aren't that accurate. The 25-06 is great on varmints, the best for antelope and coyotes and it handles deer with the absolute best of them. If I lived in elk or bear country, I would consider the 30-06 more but for that I have a .300 Dakota that I shoot for pure speed and fun. I'm also with Moishe in using a 375 H&H for anything with big teeth and claws.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Teeth and claws will ALWAYS be over-come with shot placement. I personaly HATE recoil.
06 has taken more animals world wide than any other from what I've heard.
I'll have to wait on Mr. Myles to confirm this though.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Treestand,

There are more than 8 commercial bullet weights in factory loadings even NOT counting the accelerator (that's a POS IMHO),and most every loading is purposeful. The latest edition Lyman reloading manual has loads listed for 10 different jacketed bullets & weights and 7 more weights for cast bullets.

Big O said, "06 has taken more animals world wide than any other from what I've heard." I'll add to that statement and say that the '06 has probably won more battles than any other cartridge.

Now think about all the rounds that wouldn't exist without the 30-06. No 270, 280, 25-06, 35 Whelen, and who knows how many wildcats. The 30-06 surely has it's place in history.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I like my '06 for the 150, 165 and 180gr. factory loads. This year i may try the 125's for deer. Speed kills right?

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I have a Savage 110GB 30-06 with a Redfield 3.9X40 Partner Scope.... I love that Rifle. I shoot 150 and 180 grain Federal Vital Shock and Remington Cor-lokt loads thru it.... very user friendly accurate and with right bullet combo awesomely effective.
I prefer it over any other rifle cartrige. It has a prestigous record in Military, Competition and Hunting Circuits.
Ain't no other rifle caliber aside from a few others 45-70, 308, 7.62, and 223 round with the distinction of serving our nations military and winning a war.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

yes sir,does it all.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Treestand,

There are more than 8 commercial bullet weights in factory loadings even NOT counting the accelerator (that's a POS IMHO),and most every loading is purposeful. The latest edition Lyman reloading manual has loads listed for 10 different jacketed bullets & weights and 7 more weights for cast bullets.

Big O said, "06 has taken more animals world wide than any other from what I've heard." I'll add to that statement and say that the '06 has probably won more battles than any other cartridge.

Now think about all the rounds that wouldn't exist without the 30-06. No 270, 280, 25-06, 35 Whelen, and who knows how many wildcats. The 30-06 surely has it's place in history.

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from hunt3r wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

amen to that! the 30/06 is a fantastic caliber. I never really cared for the accelerator bullets but you can hunt anything in north america with it. I believe the .270 win .280 rem come darn close to maching its versitility. I myself am slowley coming around to the .270, I just got one. I've always favored .30 caliber rifles for some reason. I believe that my favorite caliber is the 300 win mag. With mine, I basically have a hot loaded 30/06. I push a 168 grain barnes txs at about 2920fps with world beating accuracy and little recoil. A 30/06 would also do me just fine. This combo is my all around load for deer up to moose.
I've worked up some fantastically accurate loads for my 30/06! I havn't noticed that it is more or less inherintly accurate than a .308 winchester.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

How can anyone question the 30-06? Its been going strong for over 100 years and is a great and versatile cartrige. Not to discourage anyone from the 30-06 but I must say that I don't use one... I have gone to the 25-06 as my primary rifle because I do a lot of shooting on the lower end of the scale. I shoot a lot of varmints, especially prairie dogs and I also do a lot of target shooting. The 30-06, although a great hunting round is not so great at the target range or the prairie dog town. It just has too much recoil to allow me to shoot several hundred rounds a day. It can shoot sabots but they just aren't that accurate. The 25-06 is great on varmints, the best for antelope and coyotes and it handles deer with the absolute best of them. If I lived in elk or bear country, I would consider the 30-06 more but for that I have a .300 Dakota that I shoot for pure speed and fun. I'm also with Moishe in using a 375 H&H for anything with big teeth and claws.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Teeth and claws will ALWAYS be over-come with shot placement. I personaly HATE recoil.
06 has taken more animals world wide than any other from what I've heard.
I'll have to wait on Mr. Myles to confirm this though.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I like my '06 for the 150, 165 and 180gr. factory loads. This year i may try the 125's for deer. Speed kills right?

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

#0/06 his my favorite except if I am after somthing wil Fangs Or Claws then I step up to 375 H&H

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

should have proof read.. some(e)thing ,mia maxima culpa.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

30/o6 also! OY Vey

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I have a Savage 110GB 30-06 with a Redfield 3.9X40 Partner Scope.... I love that Rifle. I shoot 150 and 180 grain Federal Vital Shock and Remington Cor-lokt loads thru it.... very user friendly accurate and with right bullet combo awesomely effective.
I prefer it over any other rifle cartrige. It has a prestigous record in Military, Competition and Hunting Circuits.
Ain't no other rifle caliber aside from a few others 45-70, 308, 7.62, and 223 round with the distinction of serving our nations military and winning a war.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

yes sir,does it all.

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