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Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

 
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:50 AM
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Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

I'd like to use mine for 500+ using the Berger VLD bullets. It's a stock Rem 700 ADL.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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Re: Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

In short.... Yep! It will do what you need it to out to 800 to 900 yards depending on what bullet you use. Run a 185 Berger in the 2700fps (+/- 20fps) and you are good to go. Tune up a hand load and let it go. Pushing a 175 to max velocity will get you to 800 easy.

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Re: Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

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I'd like to use mine for 500+ using the Berger VLD bullets. It's a stock Rem 700 ADL.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.
At one time the 30-06 held most of the 1000 yard records.

So the answer is yes.

Don't get hung up on one bullet though because your rifle may not like a certain bullet.

I recomend using different bullets to fine the one your rifle likes.

For the 30-06 I would recomend the 168grain Match King for paper and for hunting the
165 Accubond. Velocity will be good with this weight bullets and performance on game
will be very good with the Accubond and consistant.

The heaver bullets do well but the velocity will be low and bullet performance on game
at longer distances will be inconsistent.

Just my opinion.

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Re: Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

+1 on the above. The 30-06 is also cheap to practice with so you can get proficient at those longer shots. I would not feel under gunned shooting at elk sized game with a 30-06 out to 500 yards. Long range shooting is all about practice!
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Re: Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

Thank you for the replies. Between the '06 and the .270Win, which would you prefer for game from black bear to elk at the mentioned ranges?

Any other "stock" calibers to think about?
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Re: Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

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Thank you for the replies. Between the '06 and the .270Win, which would you prefer for game from black bear to elk at the mentioned ranges?

Any other "stock" calibers to think about?
The only other caliber that comes to mind is the 280 Rem (A necked down 30-06 that uses
7mm bullets).

Where the 30-06 has the weight advantage the 280 is flatter shooting and also has a
good selection of high BC bullets.

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