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Old 01-18-2009, 11:38 PM
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Caliber of Choice, 30-06

I am new to the site and have searched the site for topics such as this. I am shopping for a high power longer range rifle and have not decide on caliber or manufacturer so I am not commited to anything at this point. My first caliber choice is 30-06 Sprg simply because of ammo availability and cost. I am not, at this point going to reload to custom specs. I will hunt deer on the open plains of ND and MT.

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I am new to the site and have searched the site for topics such as this. I am shopping for a high power longer range rifle and have not decide on caliber or manufacturer so I am not commited to anything at this point. My first caliber choice is 30-06 Sprg simply because of ammo availability and cost. I am not, at this point going to reload to custom specs. I will hunt deer on the open plains of ND and MT.
It may not be true for many of the members on this site, but a lot of hunters, world wide, if given the choice of only one rifle to have, it would be the 30.06. You can certainly do well with one to 600 yards. The caveat for you is factory ammo. And, the .06 isn't really known for being a "long range caliber." On the flip side, you can use Lapua brass if and when you decide to roll your own.

My suggestion is to get a 7mm Remington Magnum and be done with it. Now you have a 1000 to 1200 yard rifle. 7mm bullets have better BCs. But again, your shooting will improve with homemade ammo. This caliber isn't picky, shoots well, and you don't need more than a 26" barrel.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:41 AM
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Re: Caliber of Choice, 30-06

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I am new to the site and have searched the site for topics such as this. I am shopping for a high power longer range rifle and have not decide on caliber or manufacturer so I am not commited to anything at this point. My first caliber choice is 30-06 Sprg simply because of ammo availability and cost. I am not, at this point going to reload to custom specs. I will hunt deer on the open plains of ND and MT.

Any of the 7mm,s wil serve you well for your type of hunting.280 rem,7 rem mag,7stw,7WSM
and the 7RUM.

The choice of 30 cal would be 300WSM,300 Win Mag, 300RUM and 30/378 Weatherby.

All of these choices have factory loaded ammo and are not to hard to get except the biggest
and most powerful in each caliber.

If you like the 30/06 case then the 280 rem would be a great choice. (A 30/06 necked down
7mm).

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Old 01-19-2009, 10:09 AM
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Re: Caliber of Choice, 30-06

If you want to have one rifle to start, how far do you want to hunt big game? My guess is the 30-06 will do everything you could want. Inexpensive to shoot, shoots large enough bullets w/ enough power to hunt any animal on the north American continent. Loaded w/ the right bullets you can hunt deer size out to a 1000 yrds no problem. You have the largest selection of bullets available, of any caliber, in the .308.

I am one of the few here that very much like the 30-06. In my opinion the best all-around caliber available.

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I am one of the few here that very much like the 30-06. In my opinion the best all-around caliber available. Steve
I'm with you. I love mine and will never part with it.

Mine does very well with the 185 VLD.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:25 PM
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Re: Caliber of Choice, 30-06

30-06 is a great all-around gun. If you are serious about using factory ammo, buy either federal premium loads or hornady.

OTHERWISE, the 7mm Rem Mag is a phenomenomal cartridge, you will be able to reach out a lot further, and accuracy may be somewhat better with factory ammo.

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Re: Caliber of Choice, 30-06

bout the OLLLLLL .270 win.
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