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Unread 07-03-2009, 03:21 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Idaho
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30-06 to 1000yds

Wanting to be able to shoot my 06 out to a 1000 yards and hunt with it to 5 or 600 yards.
Will be using a Sierra game king 180gr because of its high BC and also a good hunting bullet
for the 180's.....
Looking for some ideas on what powders to use RL22 is all over the paper.
The rifle will shoot a sub at 100 and 200yds but using a bullet now
that is past the 150gr that I was shooting.....

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Unread 07-03-2009, 05:20 PM
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Location: Montana
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Re: 30-06 to 1000yds

Not sure if you had a question? but I have always had good experiences killing things with the game kings.
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Unread 07-03-2009, 06:24 PM
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Re: 30-06 to 1000yds


I think you can answer your own question. The way I go about determing what killing a range that a certain cartridge/bullet combination is first to determine the minimum expanding velocity of your bullet. At that point you can plug the numbers into a ballistics calc and determine how far down range that is for your cartrdge/load velocity. Of course a bullet that does not expand will kill an animal if put into a vital area, but the chances of loosing it become a lot higher.

After determing the feasible ballistc range of your load, rifle and shot accuracy come next. For accurate 1K shots, you need and accurate rifle and load not to mention the shooter. An accurate rifle should be able to easily shoot sub 1/2 MOA @100 yds to hope for MOA accuracy @ 100yds. For an accurate load, you need consistant bullet performance and muzzle velocities. An ES of 50 fps wont cut it at 1K. You want to get it down into the lower teens or single digits or else you're firing and hoping.

Long answer short.... I do not believe the 30.06 is a 1K hunting cartridge. I have a 300 WSM which will get 100-300 FPS more than a 30.06 and I consider it an 800-1000 yd deer/elk rifle depending on load and elevation, if the rifle and I do our parts.

Good shooting and welcome to LRH,

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Unread 07-04-2009, 09:43 AM
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Re: 30-06 to 1000yds

I agree as well a 30-06 would be tough to shoot out to 1000 yds . I own a 30-06 and a 270 . I am going on a goat hunt so i needed a gun that would shoot and can go 1000yds so i bought a new 7 rem mag. The main reason is the bergers 168 vld bullets. Their ballistic coeffient by far beats everyones and has the capacity of taking out game at those large distance.
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Unread 07-04-2009, 09:52 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Idaho
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Re: 30-06 to 1000yds

Plans for shooting local matches and hunting with the 180SGK....
The techical information from the matches would aid in say a 500 or 600 yard shot.
Hoping to find some load data from some of the people here who shoot long
range with the 06...
Tried RL-22 all over the paper with the 180gr SGK, yet with a 150gr shoots great....
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Unread 07-04-2009, 12:50 PM
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Re: 30-06 to 1000yds

how much RL 22 are you using with the 180gr?? I know some folks using 208 amaxes with RL 22 in the .30-06 with excellent results out to 1000 yards.
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Unread 07-04-2009, 03:33 PM
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Re: 30-06 to 1000yds

I would look into a higher BC bullet, the 208 Amax is great and can be used for hunting.
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