1. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    So I find myself wondering does anyone here still shoot and reload 30-06? I have a Winchester M70, recent production, in 30-06, nice shooter with factory ammo. Started to think about shooting my factory ammo, I have a bit, for brass and reload some precision rounds.

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  2. nikerret

    nikerret Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2019
    A friend of mine uses his 30-06 as his deer rifle. Exclusively reloads, for many years. Most of his loads are with the AMAX bullets.
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  3. Apollo99

    Apollo99 Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    I don't shoot but I reload 30-06 for a couple of friends. Mostly hunting bullets, with an average 3x9 scope, I'm getting 2 1/2" groups at 100 yards. Good enough for deer or elk. Now if I load some with 175 grain Sierra BTHP I'll get those groups down to an inch and a half maybe an inch and a quarter. These are all thin profile hunting rifles. It seems most precision guy are at .308 Winchester, then 300 Win mag, then 338 Lapua. I would think if you built a precision 30-06 you could do pretty close to 308 win in the accuracy department, but the small difference in velocity you gain in 30-06 isn't worth the inherent accuracy you lose not going with the 308 Winchester. To answer your question, you will get better accuracy out of your 30-06 with custom bullets for hunting with the better bullets, and if you felt like messing with powders and charge weights for precision type stuff, you will get more of a gain. You just won't get sub 1/4" groups.

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  4. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Still shoot ‘06 rather regularly

  5. unclebuck5

    unclebuck5 Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    I regularly shoot an '03-A3 iron sites. I have a pants load of surplus ammo, before I start reloading more. I am considering getting another 30-06 to set it up with a scope. Shooting at 300 yards, it took 4 or five shots to dial in the sights. I was getting around 3-1/2" group. As you might guess it was a lot of fun.
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  6. david Lawson

    david Lawson Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    I'm a big fan of the '06. I load for them all. My model 700 long range loves 180gr. Accubonds and a stiff charge of H 4350. The garand and o3 get hornady 150fmj and H4064.

    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    I shoot mine intermittently, it shoots factory ammo pretty well; but hammers with Berger 185s and 52gr of IMR4831
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  8. DPVY

    DPVY Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Only out of the Garand... and that happens like, once every five years.

    I have too much love for 308 to care about 30.06 anymore than that.
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  9. CoalCracker.

    CoalCracker. Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2020
    I load at cast levels for plinking. I have a 770 and a 760. I have plenty of factory rounds for hunting. So no need to load at higher velocities. The light loads don't beat you up. 13 grains of red dot is one of my fave loads.

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    Sep 20, 2011
  11. Apollo99

    Apollo99 Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    ^^^it looks like somebody spent some time at the range and at the reloading bench^^^
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  12. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    I have a circa 1948 Remington Model 721 in 30-06 with a Weaver K4 scope. It loves my handloads.

    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    I have a hay pasture, with 160yd range. I’m just this year getting back in the groove after taking about a year and half off from shooting.
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  14. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    CMP RM1 Special 308

  15. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Not being recoil sensitive, I love the '06. Years of getting beat up with belted magnums in my younger years cured me of magnumitis.
    A 178gr projectile remains supersonic to 1200 yards if you want to reach out there. My Remington 700 shot 3/4" groups box stock with 150gr American Eagle whitetail ammo. That is 5 shot groups not 3 shot.
    After pillar bedding, and fed H4350 behind a 178gr A-max it will shoot near 1/2" groups all day. Is not an expensive rifle but will do all I ask when called upon to do so.
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  16. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Precision rifle ammo has been my way on life for decades, mainly 308 but I do load 30-06 for M1s and my Model 54. I also do the write ups on Forster products. I shot out to 1000 yards with 7.62/308.

    Be prepared, you will probably spend money for equipment you might not have. You also need to verify the rifling in the barrel, it does help depending on the bullet you chose to use.
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  17. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Red field sights? Just bought a NOS set for one of my old 06s. Just gave a primo 03 to a friend of mine.
  18. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    I’m sure I will need more equipment if I load for 30-06, already checked Forster’s site for dies- out of stock. They are my go to for single stage precision loading equipment

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  19. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    I have a scoped Remington 700 ADL in 30-06 and a WWII Japanese Arisaka converted to 30-06 that has been a boat gun for many years.
  20. jmm

    jmm Member

    Jul 19, 2018
    I cull for national parks in Africa and high fenced ranches in West Texas. I use the 06 exclusively for anything above impala size. Everything works pretty well. I brought over 8 different loads one time to see what the results would be. 200 grain Nosler Partition, 180 grain Swift Scirrocco and A-frame, 180 grain Pro Hunter, 180 Grain Speer Hot Cor, 168 grain Barnes TTSX, 240 grain Woodleigh soft and 180 grain Nosler BT. They all worked well. I thought the A-frame was the best overall performer and that is what I use now. 56.5 grains of H4350 on neck sized cases works on everything from cape buffalo, giraffe, gemsbok, hartebeast, wildebeest, zebras, etc.. For West Texas deer I typically use the 110 grain Barnes TTSX at 3500 fps. Light kicking and deadly.
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