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Old 08-30-2013, 02:16 PM   #81
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What bullets were you using? I have taken mule deer, elk and caribou with a 30.06 and didn't see as much damage as say a 243 does with a lighter bullet. If one uses a lighter bullet not made for the job a lot of damage can be done when it fragments. One that holds together won't look as devistating
165gr Sierra Game Kings (SP) not any kind of explosive varmint bullet. A 30 caliber at 2900fps is just too much gun for little coastal deer, much better suited to the big bodied mulies out west. For these little 80-150lbs class deer at close range the 06 is far from perfect unless you load it really light which mine just does not like. My 6.5x55 is by all accounts a much better caliber for the task, though now I have a 308 win that likes a tame load with 150gr (2700fps) and that might give it a run for it's money.
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It's not the perfect hunting caliber but it's probably the most versatile big game cartridge in North America? It's tough to beat a .22lr for small game. And there are better, smaller, calibers for medium game like coyotes. But for large game, deer and up, I don't think any other caliber works as well across the board. Their are calibers that would be better for specific situations. A 30-30 is tough to beat in a swamp for deer. A .270 is flatter shooting for distance. But for using one cartridge in every situation for everything it would be tough to be beat the old 30-06.

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Call me crazy but I think the 30-06 is a little too much for whitetail, mine keeps knocking large chunks out of them and making alot of gunshot meat. My 6.5x55 kills them just as dead just as fast and meat damage is a total non-issue.
Now to be fair I do load my 06 kinna stout (my most accurate load) with Sierra Game Kings. I have never shot game with a factory 30-06 bullet.
What bullet?? I use a 286gr Nosler in 9.3x57, not much damage. 175gr Pro hunter in 8x57, loaded real stout, no damage. 165gr cup and core Prvi in .308, no damage. I also shoot 6.5x55, it is VG

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Depends where you live. The environment and biology of the area determines what is the appropriate cartridge to use while hunting. In my area, I can hunt from badger (medium) to Red Deer (large) with a .308 during any single hunt. I feel the .308 is the best caliber for the German forests. Too small will injure a large animal, and too large will destroy the meat of medium game.
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Oh that sucks move to tx shoot all the environment destroying lead our ancestors have fired for hundreds of years with no issues I'm so glad I left ny last year for San Antone
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Next time you are in a gun store, take a look at the empty spaces for all the different 30 cal bullets. Then take a look at any other non 30 caliber section and you will then learn, yung grasshoppa.
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Agree with Anna the 30-06 is a darn fine cartridge to reload for, most everything comes easy to the 06, no pressure issues yet and accuracy is good with a wide variety of powders at near max charges with a very wide variety of bullets.
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165gr Sierra Game Kings (SP) not any kind of explosive varmint bullet. A 30 caliber at 2900fps is just too much gun for little coastal deer, much better suited to the big bodied mulies out west. For these little 80-150lbs class deer at close range the 06 is far from perfect unless you load it really light which mine just does not like. My 6.5x55 is by all accounts a much better caliber for the task, though now I have a 308 win that likes a tame load with 150gr (2700fps) and that might give it a run for it's money.
That explains it. I once used 150 and 180 grainers on Jack rabbits and the results are not recommended.
I now use a 25.06 for hunting everything from spike elk, down to dall sheep and wolves.
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Now that's a nice gun!
Thanks, it is, smooth action, nice feel, it does kick some tho....:>)
My LGS had just got it in along with a twin chambered in .405 WCF. I never had an .06, and after I handled it, was all over but the shoutin' LOL

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