Originally Posted by sdkidaho
I had been wanting to get back into hunting big game again so I have been looking at those rifles in a 30-06 caliber. I'm not noticing that caliber mentioned much on here - is that not a caliber that is preferred by the long range crowd?
The rifle would get used on anything from moose to coyotes and Dads Remington 700 BDL in 30-06 had taken pretty much everything in that range so that was why I was looking at that caliber.
In my opinion the 30-06 is one of the first long range calibers. The reason I make this statement is due to the fact that many lives were saved by this very caliber during WWI and WWII. It was used effectively at long range to eliminate oposition. However, its application was completely different. I still view the 30-06 as a very capable long range weapon, but there are other calibers that will provide a more effecient means of dispatching animals at long range. I suppose with the correct set up and bullet selection you would be very effective to ranges or 600-900 yards for felling deer, but limitied to about 400-600 yards for elk, bear and like animals at that type of distance.
I myself use a 300WSM which is about the most effecient cartridge in 30 cal range for my intended purposes. If you look at the load data between the two of them, it uses a little more powder, but offers better ballistics. There are lighter calibers that will do the same thing with less recoil, but you start to loose knockdown power as you move down.
For moose and deer, you would be able to load a 190 to 200 grain bullet and be very effective at about 500 to 600 yards on larger animals. Everybody has a preferance. My cousin is shooting a 338 Lapua, and I am thinking of droping to 7mm mag of some type. It is between the 7mm RUM or the Remington Magnum. That caliber offers the best bang for the buck and can run some pretty heavy bullets at high speed to dispatch elk to 1000+yards. So the choice is endless.
Here is another twist to your caliber dilema. In Europe they use a measly little 6.5X55 Sweed to take moose down to distances of 400+ yards. The reason being is the bullet selection is excellent for shooting extended ranges. You can achieve the same if not better with the 6.5X47 Lapua and the 260 Remington.
So now that I have thoroughly confused
, not sure how far you are shooting, I think the 30-06 would be a good over all choice. You can load little bullets for lighter critters, and heavy bullets for bigger critters.
Hope this helped, and sorry for the long explination.
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