A-Bolt 30.06

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Slopeshunter, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I have a Browning A-Bolt 30.06, which I am planning on putting a new 24" barrel on. I was thinking of having it chambered in 30.06AI, but thought I'd throw it out here to see what other calibre's you think might be interesting options to look at.

    This rifle will be used for everything from antelope to elk, moose and bear.

    Thanks all.
     
  2. DONTSTROKEME

    DONTSTROKEME Well-Known Member

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    I am still debating about rechambering my Pre-64 M70 from 30-06 to 240 Weatherby. More as an Antelope/ play gun but not many people would have that caliber. Being "one off" is somthing that really turns my wheels. That cartridge wouldn't really be good for bears though,but I have seen people use a 243 caliber on Elk.


    By the by: Why not a 26" barrel?
    Joe Oakes
     
  3. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Hadn't really considered a 26" barrel. Besides 2" /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif, is there much difference between a 24 & 26" barrel?

    Tks
     
  4. DONTSTROKEME

    DONTSTROKEME Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if there is ballisticly----someone here should know---but my 338 Win Mag A-bolt is a 26". I was just seeing if you had a reason for the shorter length.
    I would assume that with a longer barrel your velocity would be higher, sort of like pistol versus rifle, but then again I don't know for sure.

    Joe Oakes
     
  5. sewwhat89

    sewwhat89 Well-Known Member

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    In a 30-06, there is no reason to step up to a 26" barrel. Mine has an 18" barrel. I don't think I can use it if there is a burning ban, but it still works fine. Don't try to get crazy with an '06 and lose your portability. The gain of 2" barrel in a 30-06 will not be noticed in any performance measure except marginal differences on a chrono read-out.
     
  6. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 3006AI and I enjoy loading for it, but only expect about 100 fps gain over the standard 3006. You don't gain much case capacity.
    I wouldn't be afraid to tackle any of the critters you mentioned with that round. You can still shoot factory ammo in the AI if you have to in a pinch.
    Other rounds to consider would be the 280AI or even the 338-06 AI or regular form.
    Good luck!
    Sam
     
  7. keithcandler

    keithcandler Well-Known Member

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    Here is the phone # of a really great gunsmith....

    that has done a lot of 30/06 AI and 280 AI:

    Hill Country Rifles
    Matt
    1-830-609-3139 (Texas)

    Matt will be able to give you a lot of first hand experience with your needs. When you mentioned Moose, the needs/your personal preferences may change somewhat.
     
  8. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Re: Here is the phone # of a really great gunsmith....

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. Appreciate it!