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What happened to the '06?

 
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:26 AM
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What happened to the '06?

Hey everyone, I've been doing a lot of reading on here the past few days, and one thing I've come to notice is that there isn't much talk about the 30-06. Is the great grandfather of modern day long range cartridges dying off? Ill be getting my lathe very soon and one of the first things I want to do on it is build a precision '06. It seems like its the perfect balance between the .308 and .300wm. My hopes are to be able to accurately engage out to 1000-1200 meters, I want it bigger than a .308 and I don't really want a magnum. Am I just not seeing something in these newer calibers that many of you are building on, or is the '06 still a good option for what I want?

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:15 AM
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Re: What happened to the '06?

I don't see why not? You can even get lapua brass. I would certainly get a good reamer. German Salazar mentions the Serengeti match reamer made by PT&G.

German Salazar competes in NRA class high power prone with the 30-06.

Interesting article:
The Rifleman's Journal: Cartridges: Sibling Rivalry: .308 vs. .30-06
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:48 AM
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Re: What happened to the '06?

There isnt a thing wrong with an 06. Its just that too many are swayed by the latest "Elk Buster7" loaded with 2 cupsfull of "FlameThrower 4123" and scooting a solid metal slug out to 1200 yards to wound elk that they forget the tried and true.....but then again it was used in the days of HUNTERS as compared to SHOOTERS. Big difference.

Poke holes in targets at 1000 yards? Yep...it can definitely do it. Ive watched them at Perry tear the centers out of bullseyes at the 1000 meter mark many a year...with iron sights!. Beats me how they do it...but they do!
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:10 PM
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Re: What happened to the '06?

I would have to argue that 06 its not a balance between the 308 win and 300 win mag at all. The 06 offers on average 100 fps more than the 308 win that's not a balance.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:17 PM
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Re: What happened to the '06?

Though you don't hear, see, or read much about the old standard 30-06, it has to be the most wildcatted parent case of all time. Even in modern times it seems there is a ton of wildcat's based off the parent 06 case.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:09 PM
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Re: What happened to the '06?

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Hey everyone, I've been doing a lot of reading on here the past few days, and one thing I've come to notice is that there isn't much talk about the 30-06. Is the great grandfather of modern day long range cartridges dying off? Ill be getting my lathe very soon and one of the first things I want to do on it is build a precision '06. It seems like its the perfect balance between the .308 and .300wm. My hopes are to be able to accurately engage out to 1000-1200 meters, I want it bigger than a .308 and I don't really want a magnum. Am I just not seeing something in these newer calibers that many of you are building on, or is the '06 still a good option for what I want?

Thanks,
Clint
I'm a huge fan of the 06. I have been using them for a very long time. Been working on a new load with the 190gr Berger and RE17 and have velocities around 2800 fps and now looking for the sweet spot. Pre 64 Mdl 70 #5 Brux @ 25.75" and McMillan Adj HTG stock.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:08 PM
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Re: What happened to the '06?

I once ran into a fella on the side of a mountain who had just killed a deer with an '06. I didn't get anything that year. My friends wife killed a deer with an '06 and everyone else got skunked.

The '06 is great. It's the hunter that's got to give it a chance to succeed.
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