The versatile 30-06.


Dec 24, 2006
truck driver":1kqec6rg said:
SJB358":1kqec6rg said:
FOTIS":1kqec6rg said:
The only thing bad I can say about the 30-06 is that it works with "boring" regularity. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I’m having a blast with the 212’s. Definitely made me pay attention.
Ha Ha Ha LOL I can remember when you said you wouldn't own a 30-06 and now it's making a believer out of you. :shock: :roll: :lol: :grin:

Let’s not get toooooo far carried away :mrgreen:


Mar 6, 2017
JD338":132hfyy3 said:
The 30-06 is pretty plain vanilla but it works very well.
I cut my teeth on the ol war horse, first rifle, first reloading, first deer, first bear and first antelope. I put 6000 rounds through it and shot out the barrel.
All this talk makes me want another one.
Great round for sure.


Heck JD, this discussion makes me want one and I got enough! :lol: I got a 91 model Browning A-bolt in 30-06 with a bell & carlson stock on it that I'm anxious to try out.

I can feel it relaxing a tad when I back off the front action screw so I'm gonna bed it first. Love the smooth 60 degree bolt on it. A whole lot of rifle and cartridge for the money I picked it up at I feel.


Feb 13, 2012
I’ll always have at least one .30-06, currently have three, but I find I reach more for the 7mm-08 for deer and elk.


Dec 11, 2010
FOTIS":ihsds49p said:
The only thing bad I can say about the 30-06 is that it works with "boring" regularity. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

And boring really ain't all that bad. :lol: I always seem to quote the late Col. Whelen when he said, "The 30-06 is never a mistake." I think he was right. I killed my forst dee at age 11. Didn't get into srious hunting, shooting and reloading until I was 16 but made up for lost time in on hell of a hurry. 8) By then hunting was almost exclusively with a 30-06. Sometimes I used a 30-30. Did all of my handloading with a Lyman 310 tong tool. They made some decent ammo too. It wasn't until 1973 that I went looking for a lighter rifle. At the time I was a heavy chain smoker and up at the 8,000 to 9,500 feet MSL on Mt. Lewis in Nevada where I was doing most of my deer hunting. Let's just say that heavy 30-06 was killing me. I found a Remington 660 in ,308 and used that for the most part until I moved from Nevada to Arizona. FWIW, I quit smoking in 1975. By the time deer season rolled around the altitude wasn't much of a problem. I used the 06 a couple of times but by 1985 my deer rifle was a Ruger M77 RSI in .308. Still, on just about every hunt I've gone on since 1973 has seen a 30-06 go along as major rifle or as back up to whatever I was using. I don't see that changing anytime in the future although I am enjoying the heck out of playing with the 7x57. I do plan on doing a hunt with that one in the very near future if I can book a hunt.
Paul B.


Dec 24, 2006
Great account Paul. I really have began to like the 06 myself as I move along.


Aug 15, 2016
Well, the .30-06 has been kicking around for over 114 years, and like fine wine, keeps getting better with age.
In my youth, like many others here, I didn’t listen to my dad when he touted the ‘06. I was thinking in my head, what does he know anyways. Even then it was antiquated, but never down and out.
So, I tried my hand with the .300 Mag rifles, the 7mm Rem Mag, the .338 Win Mag. The recoil never bothered me much, except for the old Ruger M77 tang safety .300 Win Mag. That stock had too much drop in it, and too thin! It hurts even to think about it.
But, as I get older, I’m realizing my old man has gotten more wise as the years pass by me.
Plus, it always seems for me I get interested in a cartridge just at it seems to be waning in popularity, but that’s ok! More for us that like the ‘06 now.
In the past, the question would always arise to the gun scribes about if they could only have one caliber to hunt with, and it was almost unanimous, they would pick the ‘06 over everything else.
Why you may ask? Well, the ‘06 ammo can be purchased just about anywhere there are firearms sold, even in remote places like up in the mountains of Colorado, in a tiny gas station, or even in areas of Africa, if your luggage has a mishap at the airport, and your ammo gets separated from your rifle somehow. The PH will have some leftover from previous hunters, or know a place where you can buy some.
Is the .30-06 a barn burner? No, but it is the industry standard to which all other cartridges are judged.
I can honestly tell you, also, that seeing Guy’s success with his has made me reevaluate the cartridge, and wanting to give it a try, on top my dad’s words echoing in my mind about it.
The old saying is true. If you can’t beat ‘em, then join them!
That’s exactly what I plan on doing!
Another thing, as technology has progressed, and powders and bullets keep getting better, it makes the old ‘06 that much better as well.
I think that’s something the millennial crowd should think about as well.


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