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jdgreen72 03-07-2010 10:10 PM

a few questions
just out of curiosity cuz i've had a few 30-06 rifles, what does the 06 mean? I know it's a 30 cal. bullet, but never new what the last part meant.

Fleetman 03-07-2010 10:13 PM

1906.....when adopted

deth502 03-07-2010 11:03 PM

yup, hence the fact that in the name it is " '06 " as in '99 or '10, as years are usually abbreviated.


and that was only one question.

30-30remchester 03-09-2010 12:31 AM

Congrads on owning one of the finest and diverse big game cartridges ever invented. A little history since you are interested. The cartridge wasnt originally called a 30-06. Its first name was "BALL CARTRIDGE CALIBER 30 MODEL OF 1906". When commercial gun companies started making rifles for this chambering each had a different name for it. Remington called theirs " 30 SPRINGFIELD 1906" Winchester called theirs " 30 GOV'T 1906" then later " 30 GOV'T 06" In not sure when Remington started labeling their rifles 30-06, however Winchester didnt start the 30-06 label on their guns till @ 1950. It wasnt till 1933, 27 years after its introduction, that the first cartridge headstamp actually said 30-06. Their are over 10,000 different loadings and variations of this caliber.

jdgreen72 03-09-2010 01:43 AM

another good question
thanks for all the info on the 06 always interested in many different guns, i've got another question, it's titled wierd 22 on the forum list

Fast Ed 03-29-2010 09:32 PM

It actually started life as the .30-03 (in 1903). It had a 220 grain roundnose bullet at 2300 fps. When the military wanted a spitzer design bullet, they changed the load to a 150 grain pointed bullet, shortened the neck .070" and renamed it the .30-06.

If the .30-06 hadn't already been invented in 1906, we would have to invent it today. It may be the absolute best all-around cartridge ever developed.

Fast Ed

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