Mudrunner is like me with the .30-06 Ackley, I've had one for several years. I built mine off of a Blued Remington 700 ADL, converting it to a BDL with a 26" Stainless Kreiger, Heavy Bull Sporter Contour or #6 contour, with a Timney Trigger in a Laminate Stock.
This is what mine looked like just back from the smith.
I upgraded the optics to a Leupold MK4 Precision Rifle 4.5-14x44mm Side Focus
Shot this Buck with a 168g Berger VLD the first year I built the rifle. I tested them for Berger that year. This was the first animal I harvested with a Berger. 338yds, double lung.
Shot this Cow Elk in 2011 with the Same 168g Berger VLD at 360yds.
Left to right is 7STW, .30-06 AI, 6.5-06 AI, .243 AI and .243 Win
In my rifle I've worked up 3 loads. A 165g Sierra Gameking, A 168g Berger VLD, and 190g Berger VLD. The powder most accurate in all bullet weight is H4350. I am able to safely get 3125fps for both the 165s and 168s. !90s are a bit slower at 2900fps. With the 190g VLDs it retains over 1000ft/lbs of energy out to 1100yds. I'd probably limit the 168g VLDs to 900yds. The furthest I've taken any game with this is a cow elk at 525yds with the 168g.
I need to practice more to extend my range, but it is certainly do-able.