Monday, August 26, 2019

Best 30-06 Ammo: Still A Good Choice For Hunting?

 A photo of a man shooting a 30-06 hunting rifle outdoors

Here’s the million-dollar question: is the .30-06 Springfield still relevant? Having hit the century mark some time ago, it’s easy to wonder if it still holds water. Of course, we are not having the same conversation about the .30-40 Krag, the .303 British, or the .264 Winchester Magnum. Why not? Not because you cannot find those calibers, but because they have a niche, a cult following, or are simply defunct. Yet the venerable ‘aught six marches on like a good soldier should. 

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16 comments:

  1. A good choice ? Heck yeah, a cartridge with bullet weights from 110 to 220 grain FACTORY is a darn good choice for 'all-around' big game rifle. A little much for varminting, and a little light for big bear that will eat the hummon beings hunting them, but sure - good cartridge for everything else in between. Its served in TWO World Wars.

    So what if its an old cartridge. Old means it works more often than not, its been proven over and over again. Even in Africa where some game is pretty doggone large.

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  2. Good for hunting or "reaching out to touch someone". I remember reading and watching some videos that the great American Vietnam War sniper, Carlos Hathcock, used a Winchester 30.06 for at least one of his greatest exploits, a daring solo mission to take out an NVA general. --Ron W

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    1. daring solo mission to take out an NVA general

      What a story.

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    2. He used the Winchester Mod. 70 in 30.06 for all of his kills in Vietnam The XM-40 didn't come off the line until his last tour. It didn't see action in any numbers until the 70's (after he left with severe burns. Never to return). He never shot the M-40 in combat. --Ray

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  3. I have an early 80's model 78 Remington. When I was 22 I won a TV view Simmons graduated 4x12 by 45mm scope months after I got the rifle. It was the top of the line for Simmon's. The retail was about twice what my 30-06 cost. I have made the shot to put down a deer just over 3 power line towers that were space about a quarter of a mile apart.

    I haven't reloaded any 30-06 this century. I have enough ammo loaded for the rest of my life.

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    1. I have made the shot to put down a deer just over 3 power line towers that were space about a quarter of a mile apart.

      I haven't reloaded any 30-06 this century. I have enough ammo loaded for the rest of my life.

      Well done.

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  4. The 30-06 round is still widely available and widely used because it is
    like the Model 1911 .45ACP. It works, and it works well.

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  5. I’ve always carried a 700BDL south pawed in the caliber to hunt with. When the HCAR came out, I had to have one, even though it was mighty pricey. Still have it and it’s one of the best rifle I’ve ever had.
    CIII

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    1. mighty pricey.

      Still is and out of stock at the places I just checked.

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    2. Some of those guns make the HCAR look cheap :)

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  6. Some interesting rifles here:
    https://www.oowinc.com/shop-now/

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  7. The 30.06 is IMO the best military and civilian round ever created----Ray

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