Re: Who's using the 30-06
In the early sixties my Grandpa bought a Win Model 70 in 30-06. In the early 70s he put a weaver 4X scope in it. He hunted with that gun for 35 years and took countless antelope, deer and elk with it. So he aptly named it "Meat in the Pot". When I was about 16 I needed a gun to go Elk hunting with. So he let me borrow "Meat". I shot my first elk with that gun. Shortly after that he recognized his hunting days were past and he handed the gun down to me. I shot my first elk, first Whitetail, first antelope and first handloaded sub-MOA group with that rifle.
I love that gun about as much as a human can love a non-human object. My only hope is that someday I have a Grandson that loves to hunt and I can give it to him. In the last 3 years I have retired "Meat" for a Remington 700 in 06' but not for lack of function. I have it in a safe place because I wouldnt be able to live with myself if it got stole, beat up or horse stomped. It is still the "Yard stick" that I compare all other bolt action rifles too. I have never felt as smooth of an action in my life.
In 2007 I killed my first Bull Elk with my Remington 30-06. I recognize that there are some newer calibers out there that preform well but I find it very hard to break away from a caliber that has been personally tried and true.