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Have 30-06 change to .300wm?

 
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:15 PM
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Have 30-06 change to .300wm?

I have a 30-06 that shoots great. 1/2 MOA and am proficient for shooting out to 850 yards . I have an new area that I hunt that I cannot get closer than 650 yards and out to 850 yards. The animals follow a couple paths on the face . What my delema is that poking game out that far I am confident I can place the bullet where needed, but I want to make sure that the 30-06 is a proficiant caliber to do what it needs to do out there to make a clean kill. I want to shoot deer out there (probably lung shot) and bears (probably shoulder shot to anchor )to those ranges .Should I be thinking about a getting a .300wm to make those shots confidently or will the 30-06 be the medicine.

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Old 09-06-2013, 07:26 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 change to .300wm?

I'm not sure how fast you can get something 180grain or bigger going (I would hope that you could make a 215 Berger work), but even with a very high b.c bullet in that chambering I think that your running out of steam at about 650 yards. Not to say that you cant kill the animal at that range, its just going to be a tracking fest and its hard enough to find your game when it drops DRT at 850.

So the skinny of it is that I would fell OK at 650, but not 850. keep in mind that I lean towards overkill as opposed to underkill, so I would pick up a .300 win.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:32 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 change to .300wm?

What 30-06 rifle?? scope?
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:34 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 change to .300wm?

You could always Ackley Improve the chamber and get some more oomph! out your .30-06...

Or you could go to .300 WM, but will have to change bolts, bolt heads, or open up the bolt face depending on which kind of rifle you have. Swap out the fooorplate or magazine. And buy new brass, dies, different primers, magnum powders, etc... It will be a much bigger ordeal than simply having the chamber reamed to A.I. And ordering new Ackley Improved dies from Midway.

Just another option to think about.

Going from a standard to a magnum is kind of an expe sive pain in the ass. If you want a .300 WinMag, I would still A.I. Your .30-06, and go buy a complete factory .300 WinMag rifle.

Just my opinion.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:58 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 change to .300wm?

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What 30-06 rifle?? scope?
I have the Vortex HS 4-16 and love it.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:03 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 change to .300wm?

I would buy a new gun if changing to the .300.

I was figuring that the extra velocity and energy would be of benefit but looking at the tables . the .300 does not seem to be that much more in velocity or energy. so from your experience does the .300 make that much of a difference. on long range kill power
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Re: Have 30-06 change to .300wm?

What are you hunting and what is the rifle? Lots off good use guns for sale here as well.
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