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Old 05-07-2012, 03:56 PM
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Ok, so I FINALLY am getting a new rifle. I'm buying it used from Cabela's (though BARELY used). It is a Remington 700 SPS in 30-06 with synthetic stock. I have some questions about what I can do with this cartridge and how much of a "long range" shooter I can make it. This will be-for all legitimate reasons-my first rifle. I have a few questions:

Other than making sure the barrel is free-floating and having quality glass, what are some simple, inexpensive ways I can ensure my rifle will shoot as strait as possible?

over the course of time I want to upgrade all the parts (stock, bedding the new stock, trigger, barrel)...I also would like to know what I can do with this action. Can a 30-06 action be re-chambered for a different caliber? is that something I would want to do to get better ballistics?

what are the ballistic differences between 308 and 30-06? what does 30-06 compare to? what are the pros and cons of a 30-06 cartridge? and lastly, what would be an effective hunting range of big game for 30-06?

I would appreciate any help on this matter! Thank you
With hand-loads you will be surprised with what you can do with that gun/cartridge. With the 165-208 gr. class bullets you will have a very valid LR gun to 1/2 mile on just about anything in North America especially elk and under sized game. Be sure to watch the downrange velocity numbers and how they correspond to what you need for proper bullet expansion with whatever bullet you choose.

Simple and inexpensive- I would start with Burris signature rings. With the inserts you can add additional scope adjustment if needed and they hold great and make no ring marks on your scope! A must have IMO!

Shoot the gun as is before upgrading components. I would mess with handloads and see what you can achieve first. You may be really surprised! A tuned trigger and a bedded stock would be my first steps if you don't get the results you want.

Good Luck!

Scot E.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:12 PM
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Re: what can I do with a 30-06?

I'd see how the gun shoots before doing a lot of mods... I've had new rifles that I had trigger work done on and action work done on, and they really didn't make a groups (which were decent) any smaller. I'd try working up a good load and see how well you can get it to shoot before you really change much, especially if your on a budget.

Most rifle barrels, if treated properly, will last a long time. When it does go your group will open up. But your group opening up isn't always a shot out barrel. Could be copper fouling or just the crown is worn, etc. I'd have a good gunsmith inspect your barrel before deciding to replace anything.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:27 PM
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Re: what can I do with a 30-06?

When you can no longer tune your load to attain suitable accuracy, then it's "shot out" and needs replacing.

"Suitable" accuracy is subjective. You decide.

Proper barrel cleaning is important. There are many threads here that discuss methods.

Barrel life for a hunting rifle is usually gradual and unless you damage the crown with improper cleaning or handling, the throat is what errodes first and degrades accuracy. Sometimes, you can seat your bullets a bit farther out "chasing the lands". But, that's usually a stop gap.

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Old 05-07-2012, 08:39 PM
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Re: what can I do with a 30-06?

Almost any thing you want!
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:51 PM
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Re: what can I do with a 30-06?

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How will i know it's time for a re-barreling? will my groups start getting eratic? Will i notice less defined rifling? will there be abnormal residue coming out while cleaning?
your groups at 200 yards will be greater than 2 inches.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:20 AM
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Re: what can I do with a 30-06?

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your groups at 200 yards will be greater than 2 inches.
Ron - You just described 75% of shooters with new rifles.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:36 PM
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Re: what can I do with a 30-06?

A lot of great info, but I have picked up a couple of weapons from my local Cabela's, just check it out well, most of the time they will negotiate, and/or throw in some ammo.
Also take it to the guys in the Gun Library, ask them to look at the bore, make a deal to return it if something is wrong.

I would give it a general cleaning and see how it shoots...When you clean the barrel use a brass or carbon cleaning rod

Get a notebook and at least record the brand, weight, bullet type, and the ballistic coefficient.

Also after each shot leave the bolt open, write down the shot number and where it hit ect. This will give your barrel time to cool down

Then clean it for copper fouling and try again

When you change the brand, or grain of your rounds note the changes in group location/size--

Before you decide to change the barrel rent you a good sled to shoot it from and use the rounds that have given you the best groups

Have fun it's a great round....
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