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

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Unread 09-30-2010, 01:05 PM
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Re: Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

I have worked up two loads for my 06 that would take elk at 600 with ease. One is the 200 grain accubond at 2720 fps and other is the 168 grain Etip at 2990 fps.

The 200 is still travelling at over 1900 fps and the KE is over 1600 lbs.

The 168 is travelling at 2000 fps and still delivers 1500 LBS KE.

Those numbers are at 2000 ft elevation my elk hunting is done at 9,200 + feet elevation so those ballistics are much higher where I hunt.

I still limit my shots to 500 because my marksmanship abilities are the limiting factor not the 06.

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Unread 09-30-2010, 03:11 PM
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Re: Is the .30-06 a good long range caliber?

3006 savage i agree with you. my rem 700 mtn rifle shoots 1/2 inch groups easily at 100 yards. with the 2.5-8 scope it is a very light rifle lighter than an adl. at 200 the groups are 4-5 inches so i consider it a 250-300 yard rifle . my 300 wm sendero has never shot a group as big as an inch. usually 1/2 inch or less. 2 inches at 200 , and ......... 6 inches at 600,..... my son-in- law and son shot it in a 1000 yard match each shot a 15 shot group you could cover with a sheet of notebook paper with 210 bergers. plenty of accuracy and power. but the rifle is heavier . the recoil is actually less be cause it has a vais. moose drool if you are on a quest to find the limits i think it will be fun . my experience is sporter weight rifles are slightly easier to carry but harder to get to shoot .
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