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Old 12-30-2011, 04:14 AM   #131
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You're correct with the bullet fitting in a .308 if you're reloading, but, at least around these parts, I've only seen a few factory ammo options in .308 (i.e. 150gr. 165 gr. 168gr. match and very rarely 175gr.) Where as I've bought all of the above plus 125gr. 200gr. 220gr. on -06 off the shelf at a number of different (read non-specialty) stores.
with reloading i am not limited to factory bullet weights. this is the great part of reloading that i like. i can make ammo that's not available as factory loads. i even found a load for my 25-06 with a 70gr bullet that has an estimated 3600 fps muzzle velocity.
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with reloading i am not limited to factory bullet weights. this is the great part of reloading that i like. i can make ammo that's not available as factory loads. i even found a load for my 25-06 with a 70gr bullet that has an estimated 3600 fps muzzle velocity.
Just be careful. Barrel-burners have a rep for eating your rifling...
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:06 PM   #133
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Just be careful. Barrel-burners have a rep for eating your rifling...
i don't shoot a lot of those! most of my reloads for that rifle are usually in the 100-120gr weight range. just like the versatility of the caliber though.
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I have a M98 actioned rifle in 30/06 that is Ackley Improved and for the few extra fps it doesn't really matter but the fact that it's a bit easier on cases makes things a little easier.The other advantage is that I can still wander into a gunshop and use standard '06 ammo for it.

I can at a pinch knock a buffalo(Asiatic water buffalo in our Northern Territory) over with it although not recommended using a 180gn - 220gn pill and I can load it back to smack rabbits with a 110 gn pill,although a waste of time,money and powder as far as I'm concerned which makes the 30/06 a fairly versatile cartridge.

On a recent cull hunt I took everything from wild dogs,horses,donkeys and pigs with it using a 165gn Game King and not 1 run off.Running at around 2900fps this combination was like a bolt of lightening.
I'm getting another 30/06 actioned M98 for a possible conversion to a .338/06 just as another pig,goat,deer buster.

I've got a .270 in the gun safe but the young fella has layed claim to that and for mine the difference between the .270,.308 and .30/06 is much of a muchness until you hit the heavier weights and that is where the .30/06 wins in my opinion.

At the end of the day it's your decision and money but stuffing heavier pills into the .308 and .270 to make it perform better on bigger game makes the .270 and .308 bat out of their league a bit when the .30/06 will handle the heavier pills from 165gn upto 220gn a bit better,regards

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I have a M98 actioned rifle in 30/06 that is Ackley Improved and for the few extra fps it doesn't really matter but the fact that it's a bit easier on cases makes things a little easier.The other advantage is that I can still wander into a gunshop and use standard '06 ammo for it.

I can at a pinch knock a buffalo(Asiatic water buffalo in our Northern Territory) over with it although not recommended using a 180gn - 220gn pill and I can load it back to smack rabbits with a 110 gn pill,although a waste of time,money and powder as far as I'm concerned which makes the 30/06 a fairly versatile cartridge.

On a recent cull hunt I took everything from wild dogs,horses,donkeys and pigs with it using a 165gn Game King and not 1 run off.Running at around 2900fps this combination was like a bolt of lightening.
I'm getting another 30/06 actioned M98 for a possible conversion to a .338/06 just as another pig,goat,deer buster.

I've got a .270 in the gun safe but the young fella has layed claim to that and for mine the difference between the .270,.308 and .30/06 is much of a muchness until you hit the heavier weights and that is where the .30/06 wins in my opinion.

At the end of the day it's your decision and money but stuffing heavier pills into the .308 and .270 to make it perform better on bigger game makes the .270 and .308 bat out of their league a bit when the .30/06 will handle the heavier pills from 165gn upto 220gn a bit better,regards
Why not look at a 9.3x62(.366)? You can load from 232 to 300gr. Nothing will walk away from it and the round was designed on the '98 action. Even if you wanted a lighter recoiling rifle, the 9.3x57 is outstanding on the biggest game out to 150 yards w/ 286gr.



OP, Best of luck w/ your new rifle. JP
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Why not look at a 9.3x62(.366)? You can load from 232 to 300gr. Nothing will walk away from it and the round was designed on the '98 action. Even if you wanted a lighter recoiling rifle, the 9.3x57 is outstanding on the biggest game out to 150 yards w/ 286gr.



OP, Best of luck w/ your new rifle. JP
I have looked at that as well and I'm also toying with the idea of opening it up to .458 AccRel as well as I have a spare .45 cal barrel sitting the safe,so many options, so confusing,so little money
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I have looked at that as well and I'm also toying with the idea of opening it up to .458 AccRel as well as I have a spare .45 cal barrel sitting the safe,so many options, so confusing,so little money
Maybe something like a necked up .416 Rigby! I hear the money part!!
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Any of the above mentioned calibers will do the job with good bullet placement. I have all of your calibers in my collection and each will stand on their own merrits. Having said that I would like to add another caliber to your list. It would be the .375 H&H. A tad big for small game but with the proper reloads its a great shooting round. Its now actually my most fun gun to shoot. Don't beleve all of the stuff about killer recoil. It does kick, but so does a light 30-06.

Another choice would be the .300 H&H. As I said any of the calibers you have mentioned will do the job.

Just another shooters thoughts.

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I can go out with a 30.06 into the field with reloads(even OTS,really)

and have a variety of ammo for any game, which, IMHO, is where the

other calibers come up short.

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I can go out with a 30.06 into the field with reloads(even OTS,really)

and have a variety of ammo for any game, which, IMHO, is where the

other calibers come up short.
even not reloading, this is one advantage the 30-06 has over many other calibers is the ammo selections available. as the 30-06 has been around for more than a 100 years, there are many choices available for it. then if you do reload for it, your choices become much more. because of this, the 30-06 will be around for many years to come. it is good all around caliber that can be useful for so much, hunting, target shooting and general plinking.
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