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Who's using the 30-06

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Unread 10-24-2008, 03:05 PM
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Re: Who's using the 30-06

I have a 1903a3 that I bought from a coworker about 12 years ago. I have killed numerous deer with it and an untold number of wild hogs. I never had to wonder what the outcome would be when I pulled the trigger. I started reloading for it, put in a Timney trigger and a decent scope. It will now shoot 1 inch or under. Not bad for a $80.00 gun.
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Unread 10-24-2008, 03:52 PM
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Wow, you got a 1903a3 for $80. How do you sleep at night, because you robbed that guy. I'd love to find one of those rifles some day.
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Unread 10-24-2008, 07:59 PM
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Re: Who's using the 30-06

I got a nice old Rem 721 30-06 24" with 4-16X40 I'll sell ya if you need one.

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Unread 10-25-2008, 08:40 AM
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I have a 30-06 built on a Remington model 700 BDL action by Mark Bansner with a 24” Lilja fluted barrel wearing a 3x10x42 Swarovski scope in medium-low Leupold dual dove tail mounts. It is a superbly accurate sporter that weighs 8 pounds with sling and loaded with 4 shells in the chamber and magazine. I use only hand-loads that can be loaded up to at least 270 pressures. I can get almost 3100 fps out of 150 grain Nosler Partitions and a compressed load of RL 22 gives me about 2700 with 200 grain Nosler Partitions. Moose, elk, black bears, and deer all fall down dead when hit in the chest with any one of these bullets. This is my go-to rifle more often than not when I don’t use a specialized super 300 magnum bean-field rifle.

My go-to load is a hot dose of H4350 using 165 grain Nosler Partitions between 2950 and 3000 fps. I can get between 2850 and 2900 fps out of the 180 grain Partitions at the price of more recoil and I have not seen any difference in terminal performance on game up through the size of elk, so I mostly use 165s. With my normal go-to load, I am really comfortable hitting balloons or gallon jugs of water up to 425 yards.

47 grains of DuPont 4895 gives me +2700 fps with 150 grain Accubond bullets and this is the mild, “managed recoil” load for trigger time practice or a nice load for junior hunters or women to hunt with at ranges less than 250 yards. This is still faster than a 300 Savage.

These are absolutely the best of times with regard to the hunting bullets we shoot. As I try to remind my heavy recoil absorbing, magnum hunting buddies, the bullet kills the animal, not the rifle! Other than grizzlies, the majority of the big game we hunt is normally safely taken by bow and arrow hunters so any well constructed, modern 25 caliber bullet and up driven into the chest of North America’s game animals, ends the hunt every time. It is 100% about bullet placement best done with milder recoiling rifles and the 30-06 has been doing this for over a century.

Any of the cartridges, up or down in bullet diameter, that are based on the 30-06 case are excellent choices because the amount of powder they hold makes them easy to shoot in the field and with today's deadly bullets, lethal on game.
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Unread 10-25-2008, 11:13 AM
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The 03a3 is no where near original. The barrel was turned down to reduce weight and the bolt handle was milled to clear a scope. Also it has a sporter stock. but still for what I paid for it compared to the number of animals it has taken, I don't think there could be a greater value out there. I just wish I had started reloading sooner and replaced the trigger right off the bat. Those two changes reuced the groups from 2-2.5 to <1.
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Unread 10-25-2008, 02:48 PM
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I have a sako, pre-garcia, 06. its was my dads first. I have a few different loads for it. the gun will shoot 1/2-3/4 for all loads. my son wanted to buy a 338rum for long range. 400-600yds for us. after showing him the difference on my 06 load 180bullet vs a 250bullet he bought a 300win mag. :confused: oh well I'll keep using the 06. Im glad we never notched the stock for all the animals taken. my longest shot with a witness was a 660yd on a cow elk. got both lungs, she went 200yds then stopped. That was a long walk in and out. truth is all other shots have been at 400 or less.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 05:55 AM
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Re: Who's using the 30-06

Originally Posted by Rymart View Post
S and according to family tradition she belonged to the US army before that (as my great grandfathers' service rifle in WWI). Bertha is a M1917 Enfield from the Eddystone Plant. My Grandfather cut off the front and rear sights, recrowned the barrel, added a scope mount, and put it in an aftermarket stock. My father had her glass bedded and put in a custom trigger. I put a Leupold VXIII and better rings on her, and Tubbs FF'd the bore. She is now a solid 1 moa rifle.
I was going to use my Eddystone for hunting long distance but my scope wasn't stable enough and I didn't want to drill into it. But I did get good groups from it for a time.

Now I am stuck with my 30-30 until I get a Marlin bolt action for cheap. :/
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