Re: 30-06 load make up help
Years back before I had added the 7mm RM and a couple other flatter shooting rigs to my collection, I did in fact hunt elk with the 30-06, and it performed quite well on a decent bull at a pretty good distance of just over 550 yds..
I made it happen with a 165 gr. Speer Hot Core, but the Grand Slam and Deep Curl are also very good bullets for something as large as elk. My load consisted of a worked up compressed charge of IMR-4350, CCI-250's, and weight sorted Rem. brass. Across the chrony they are right at 3000 fps.. I'm pretty sure you can get by with a standard CCI-200, but I personally noticed improved consistency both velocity and accuracy with the CCI-250's. I started with my bullets seated right up to the lands, and accuracy was stellar so that is what I hunted with. But every rifle is different, so it's best to start there and work back in .010" increments, you'll usually find more than one sweet spot.
I would strongly recommend putting it on paper at the elevation you intend to hunt at. I had an eye opening experience when I discovered BDC was two totally different stories @ 7000' elevation v.s. 2500' elevation. I didn't notice a difference at 200 yds., but from 500 yds. and out, trajectory was completely different, as was POI.