As the title infers I am new to LRH. Just trying to get my feet wet and not quite ready to fully jump in the pond, so to speak. I currently have two .30-06 rifles, one a 700 Remington the a Stevens the model of which escapes me at the moment. I was thinking of purchasing a quality scope first and mounting it on the 700 and trying some long distance (400-600) shooting with this first to see if i have any talent (and eyesight) for this. What problems, advice etc. would anyone have for someone wanting to shoot a .30-06. I did do some searching of the forums and find very, very little on the .30-06. Am i just wasting time and money(already have the guns, so no cost there) using this caliber. i know from research that the 700 Rem is a good base. What are your thoughts? Thanks for the info!
The 30/06 isn't a bad gun to start with. It was a ww2 sniper round so it can't be bad. There is plenty of good 30 cal bullets out there. Save you money and buy the best optics you can afford. Leupold, Nikon, Nightforce, US optics are just a few of good quality glass. Take notes on the things you do, the weather you shoot in the wind, temp. Loading notes are very important. I keep all my targets in a folder so I can go back and if I have a question how a load shot out of my gun. Hope this helps
I my self shoot a lot of 308. Once in a while just to kick the dust off I shoot my 300 RUM.
Follow the 7 p's and everything will be alright
KEVIN- do you reload? have you adjusted the trigger . it is easy. google remington crisp. if you reload- load 49.5 , 50 or 50.5 grains of varget behind a 168 berger. lapua brass. the 30-06 is a great cartridge. there is more info on it on Riflemansjournal.com. German competes out to 1000 yards with his 30-06. i can't come close to him even with my 6.5-284. the 30-06 will do it with good ammo and rifle. welcome. roninflag
Thanks for the replies! I always thought it was good long, but it's never even mentioned as an option when discussions of calibers come up. I think i will look for a good quality scope and mounts and start there.
No i don't reload , at least not yet. Still trying to get my head aroung the info on long distance. I will check out your suggestions. Thanks
Kevin, as others have said, the 30-06 will work fine for the range you mentioned. Get the trigger worked or replaced. A good clean 3lbs should do for starters.
There is no "talent" required, just knowledge. Don't worry about eyesight, that's what optics are for. Study the archives on trigger control and how to get steady. (Rests, bipod,etc. ) The setup you have will be no problem for 400 yards. Get a snap cap and spend a lot of time dry firing to learn trigger control and what works to get you steady. Welcome to the forum.