- Jan 5, 2015
I love my 23.6” barrel 06 which shoots 180’s sub-moa but at 2885 fps. That is 200+ fps slower than 300 WM or WSM with </= 24” barrel. My 06 shoots 0.5 moa with 150 Accubonds at 3100 fps.That combo with proper handloads will allow him to approach factory 300WM vels and energy.
I think far too many people have basically discarded or ignored calibers and rifles they never really learned to use at extended ranges. We've seen this trend for many years, and with the magnum and new type mania among the shooting world, old calibers/cartridges are considered, well, old. Not modern, flashy, latest n greatest, etc. Don't get me wrong, I love the magnums I own and use them well, but sometimes, there is not a lot of real world difference in a few of these than a well developed handload in the older cartridges. Modern powders and bullets have definitely improved the old friends performance over my loads from 40 years ago, but even then, we used those loads well.
When I think of all the game, varmints and targets we olders have shot at MR/LR through the decades without all the latest n greatest, I have to wonder.
I’m a huge 06 fan, but I can not say it approaches 300 WM performance with 180+ gr bullets. Just my $0.02