Cartridges: The Logical .30-06

The Logical .30-06
by Germán A. Salazar

A cartridge as old as the .30-06 tends to have a well-developed identity, a clear definition of where it fits into the great scheme of things. Actually, in its 103 years of existence, the .30-06 has had more than one identity in the eyes of Highpower competitors as times, rifles and matches have evolved.  Our interest is in modern prone Highpower competition (300 yd. to 1000 yd.) and the .30-06 is notably absent from the firing line at most of these matches as most competitors now believe the .30-06 to be obsolete and insufficiently accurate for top level competition. However, on occasion, it pays to view an old friend in a new light; do you remember that tomboy in the 8th grade who turned out to be the homecoming queen in high school? The .30-06 may just be her cousin – let’s have a look.

Consider that in 1903, when the new Springfield rifle and its cartridge were introduced, Henry Ford was insolvent and five years away from making the first Model T; bicycle makers Wilbur and Orville Wright obtained a patent on a flying machine made of wood and cloth which, incredibly enough, actually flew; and the American League’s franchise in Baltimore was bought for $18,000, moved to New York and eventually renamed the Yankees. That was quite some time ago, wasn’t it? It seems unlikely that a cartridge designed in that era of dirt streets and horse-drawn transportation could be relevant to the Highpower competitor of the 21st Century zipping about in his flying car with a telephone embedded in his ear and a computer with more power than the moon landing space ships sitting on his lap. Throughout a century of the most radical technological revolution in history, the .30-06 has remained unchanged - a stoic stalwart of the way things used to be; yet its identity has evolved and the Springfield Armory's grand cartridge remains worthy of our attention for its merits, not for the sake of nostalgia.

Photo: Fort Barry (San Francisco bay area) soldiers, on the front porch of their barracks, showing off their Model 1903 Springfield rifles (photo circa 1908).

When the .30 Gov’t ’06 as it was known, was introduced, it was considered a very powerful successor to the .30 Army (.30-40 Krag).  Whereas the short-lived .30-03 used the Krag's 220 grain roundnose bullet at a modest 2100 fps muzzle velocity, when the cartridge was reworked into the .30-06 it launched a 150 grain bullet at 2700 fps; truly state of the art, novel and powerful.  As with many new items, in a short time it became the standard, no longer a novelty and all manner of rifles were created to handle what would become the most enduring cartridge in U.S. history.  The Springfield Model of 1903 rifle and the .30-06 cartridge in essence created what we now know as Highpower shooting; our courses of fire are little changed from those developed in the first decade of the 20th Century. While the .300 H&H Magnum became a winning choice for 1000 yard shooting beginning in 1935 (see article), its use was limited to a few matches per year because pure long-range shooting as we know it was not widely practiced. Instead, most 1000 yard shooting was part of the regular Highpower course of fire which included a 1000 yard stage until World War II. After the war, the M1 Garand became the standard Highpower rifle as the Springfield '03 faded into the background, but the .30-06 cartridge remained firmly in place.  Accordingly, for the first six decades of its existence, the .30-06 was the standard cartridge, the unquestioned king of the range.

Beginning in 1963, with Mid Tompkins’ use of the .308 to win that year’s NRA National Championship at Camp Perry, the .30-06 yielded its place to its younger sibling.  The .308, developed in the late 1950's for the new M14 rifle, was quickly chambered in bolt-action match rifles such as the Winchester Model 70 by top shooters following Tompkins' win.  At that point, the ’06 took on a new identity as the “old man’s cartridge” for those too stubborn to switch; then they died out and the ’06 went with them. By 1988 when the switch to sub-caliber cartridges took hold, even the .308 had trouble competing in across the course Highpower matches and the .30-06 was no longer seen in match rifles. In across the course shooting, with half of the course of fire being rapid fire, recoil is an important factor and the sub-caliber "millimeter cartridges" gained a distinct advantage as the .30 caliber faded away.

Photo: John D. Martin, winner of the Cavalry Cup, 1955 National Matches, Camp Perry, Ohio. 149-17V

The last vestige of the .30-06 on the Highpower range was those of us who, for mostly economic reasons, shot Garands as our service rifle. Still on a student budget, I got mine from the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) for $69 plus shipping charges after a wait of over a year. That Garand served me well, allowing me to earn 32 leg points and the Distinguished Rifleman badge (#1008). By that time, however, the M14 was so firmly entrenched that a Garand in a service rifle match was already something of a curiosity; still able to compete, although certainly not dominant. Beginning in 1994 however, the AR15 took over service rifle competition.  It's hard to beat a no-recoil rifle in rapid fire and the new generation of shooters, seemingly averse to any recoil greater than a Daisy Red Ryder, added weight to the AR15 until they needed a cart to carry it.  Faced with this level of gamesmanship, the M1 was finally, no longer able to compete as it had against the M14. The M1 Garand and its glorious cartridge were now well and truly dead for serious Highpower competition.

My Garand went into storage and I kept shooting the .30-06 in a Model 70, but only as a long-range cartridge, eventually forsaking it even for that limited use as newer and shinier cartridges caught my eye. I had joined the masses and adopted their opprobrium for the grand old cartridge. But, mid-range and long-range prone matches were growing in popularity, the NRA eventually recognized this by instituting separate classification systems for those disciplines – and therein lay the seeds of the .30-06’s return to competitiveness.  Prone matches, which are all slow-fire, eliminated the .223's singular advantage of low recoil and emphasize accuracy, ballistics and reliability, all of which are the .30-06's strengths.

At about the same time, something unexpected happened which gave the .30-06 its current misbegotten Highpower identity.  In 1996 the DCM was killed off by Army in a cost-cutting drive, and from its ashes, arose the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The CMP became an aggressive marketer of Garands, Springfields and anything else it could get into its inventory. Then the CMP developed a whole series of matches for these unaltered rifles and suddenly, Springfields, Garands and the .30-06 were a common sight on the range again. Unfortunately, the military surplus ball ammo issued for these matches, with its 150 grain FMJ bullet was hardly up to serious accuracy standards. The CMP matches are a very accessible introduction to competitive shooting for many, and in the process they have given the .30-06 its modern identity as an introductory cartridge of limited accuracy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The CMP’s Garand and Springfield matches are a wonderful activity for those who enjoy such things, but I’m not one of them. For me, nostalgia has its place, and I’m a devoted student of history, but I prefer state-of-the-art equipment and very accurate ammunition for rifle matches – just my preference. In any event, those CMP matches and the ball ammo used in them have created an unwarranted misimpression of the .30-06’s capabilities and that may be stopping some newer competitors from taking advantage of this very useful cartridge.

The cold, hard fact of the matter is that the .30-06 is not only a superbly accurate cartridge for modern Highpower prone competition, but it is also a logical choice for many competitors. In fact, recent developments in bullets, powders, stocks and actions make it even more attractive. You could say that 103 years later, the .30-06 is once again a thoroughly modern choice for Highpower. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been shooting two .30-06 rifles in prone competition: a Gilkes action in a Robertson stock with a Bartlein 5R 1:10" twist barrel and a Remington 700 with a Hart 1:11" twist barrel in a CSS RT10 stock.  Both rifles were built by Clark Fay of Raton, New Mexico and he is building my new one as well.  I hope the rest of this article, which details those rifles, loads and performance will show that the .30-06 is indeed a logical choice for many competitors.

Photo: 1941 manufactured Winchester Model 70, stocked by Roy Dunlap, Tucson, Arizona.

What is it that makes the .30-06 a logical choice? In a few words: accuracy, ballistic performance, adaptability to various uses, barrel life, and a broad range of components and tooling. We will examine each of these from the perspective of a Highpower competitor who is interested in winning, not merely making noise on the firing line.

Accuracy
Let’s establish some basic terms of discussion: accuracy in my small slice of the world is defined by scores on NRA Highpower targets fired from the prone position with iron sights. Benchrest shooting methods and the standards of accuracy used in that form of shooting sports have no relevance to our application so please don’t ask what the distance between my two worst shots was – I don’t know or care! We shoot about 70 shots from position with no cleaning and with long delays between shots – sometimes very long. I do not use and will not apply the methods and standards of Benchrest competition to our sport any more than I would evaluate a 6PPC Benchrest rifle by how well I can shoot it prone at 600 yards.

I realize that there are many people who lack the confidence in their shooting ability to use their prone scores as a relative measure of accuracy – they are wrong to think that. As long as you can shoot with a reasonable degree of consistency, then your scores will accurately reflect the positive or negative effect of a change in your system, whether it is a change in position, load, rifle or cartridge. Scores are the numerical representation of the capabilities of the shooting system and that system includes the rifle, the ammunition and the shooter. Trying to evaluate one without the other is futile and counterproductive; we live in a world of systems and shooting is no exception.

I shoot the .30-06 in about 30% of my matches and that percentage is increasing. Over the past 16 months, I shot it in 28 mid-range matches: one at 300 yards, twenty-three at 500 yards and four at 600 yards; all under NRA rules, prone, using iron sights. That gives us a good database from which to generate some accuracy numbers with 84 individual strings of 20 shots and 28 aggregates.
Photo:  Competition Shooting Stuff RT10 .30-06 Tubegun (click here for article).

Let’s have a look at the data from those 28 mid-range matches (a detailed table is at the end of the article). I think Highpower competitors will find this a lot more useful than what magazines typically report for accuracy data.

The average 20 shot score was 198-11X and interestingly, the average was the same for each of the three strings fired in a match, so we can see that accuracy was not affected by fouling or heat or wind, all of which tend to increase as the day wears on.
The average aggregate score was 595-32X (rounding of average string and aggregate scores causes the aggregate average not to be exactly equal to three times the average string score). The high aggregate score was a 599-37X; the low aggregate score was a match winning 589-15X on a particularly blustery day. I shot 30 or more X’s in 20 of the 28 matches with a high of 42 X’s.

The high string score was 200-15X which occurred four times. The low string score was 194-8X which occurred one time. The 84 strings fired consisted of:

21 scores of 200,
23 scores of 199,
22 scores of 198,
12 scores of 197,
3 scores of 196,
2 scores of 195,
1 score of 194.

In summary, 79% of the mid-range scores fired were 198 or better. In those 28 matches, I finished in first place 17 times, second place 7 times, third place 3 times and fourth place 1 time. As most of you know, prone matches in Phoenix are always competitive and often quite windy; those weren’t easy scores or wins. I don’t know how to better demonstrate that the .30-06 has all the accuracy you might need than those figures. 

Update 1: Nov. 28, 2010 - During the past year, I've increased my percentage of mid-range matches fired with the .30-06 to over 50% and the scores are increasing.  If time permits, I'll create a new table of scores

Update 2: Nov. 28 2010 - Long-Range Scores
Over the past year I've fired the .30-06 in seven 1000 yard matches for a total of 20 stages (one rain-out).  As with all long range shooting, conditions are very variable and scores fluctuate more than in mid-range matches.  Accordingly, the scores aren't quite as high, but they were generally competitive, usually in the top three for the match, with some wins.  As with the mid-range scores, all were fired with iron sights.  Here is the breakdown of the 20 stage scores  which I will update further as the 2010-2011 winter season progresses:

3 scores of 199
4 scores of 198
1 score of 197
4 scores of 196
1 score of 195
3 scores of 194
1 score of 193
1 score of 191
1 score of 190
1 score of 188

Average score for the .30-06 at 1000 yards was 97.75% (195.5) over this period.  During that same time, I shot 16 Palma matches (800, 900 1000 yards with a .308) and the average 1000 yard stage score during those matches was 97.5% (146.2).  So we see a slight edge in score percentage for the .30-06 over the .308 at 1000 yards. (Palma matches have 15 shot strings versus the 20 shot strings of 1000 yard matches, therefore the percentage comparison is more useful than raw scores).

If you’ve been around Highpower for a while, you’ve certainly heard that the .30-06 is not as accurate as the .308. Without turning this article into a comparison of the two cartridges, I will simply say that those statements correctly reflect the difference between an M1 and an M14 firing Lake City Match ammunition, but are not correct when comparing handloads in a bolt-action rifle. The .30-06 does not play second fiddle to the .308 in the accuracy department – or any other. 


Ballistic Performance and Adaptability
For many decades, the Sierra 168 gr. and 190 gr. Match King bullets have been the “standards” for the .30-06. Their ballistic performance, which is very good for each bullet's intended use, is the basis for our evaluation of newer offerings. Historically, the 168 has been a great bullet for distances up to 300 yards with the 190 covering the distances from 500 to 1000 yards quite effectively. You can load the 168 to a low MV range of 2400 to 2700 with 4895 and have a very mild load for 300 yard shooting that will really surprise you with its accuracy. Many 300 Meter ISU matches were won with just that combination when conditions were mild – and many more were won, including Olympic gold medals, with the 200 grain Sierra and a stout charge of 4350 when conditions were nasty! Either way, the accuracy was there.

Of course, there’s always room for improvement and we are fortunate to have a number of very useful new bullets from Sierra and Berger. If you don’t already have it saved, the JBM Ballistics website provides what is arguably the most complete ballistics calculations and bullet database you can find, and it includes Brian Litz’s updated BC figures. We will use JBM generated figures for any calculations presented here. Phoenix winter conditions of 65 degrees, 25% humidity and 1640 ft. elevation (at the Ben Avery range) are used for calculations.

As a standard of comparison, the 190 Sierra, fired at 2800 fps will drift 23.7” at 600 yards and 76.1” at 1000 yards in a 10 mph crosswind. Following is a brief chart showing the ballistic performance of some of the modern bullets available for the .30-06 and also some of the old standards. You can play all night on JBM Ballistics comparing these figures to any other realistic numbers for other cartridges and I think you’ll conclude that the .30-06 provides adequate ballistic performance for anyone with enough sense to turn the windage knob before pulling the trigger when a blast of wind hits him in the face!



While the chart provides useful information on wind drift, it’s generally a mistake to simply pick a bullet based on these figures. For instance, the Berger 185, which shows great numbers, hasn’t shot up to my expectations in several barrels in which I’ve tried it whereas the Berger 175 has been one of the most accurate .30 caliber bullets I’ve ever shot. But don’t write off the 185, I know other shooters who rave about it and have built Palma rifles around that bullet. I’ve shot the 210 Berger from a 1:10” twist Bartlein with very good results but have not yet tried the new 210 Sierra. The point, simply, is that paper figures for wind drift shouldn’t be your main decision point; accuracy at the actual distance to be contested is paramount.

One of the things that should be clear from the data above is that the Sierra 190, for so long the standard by which we measured ballistic performance in the .30-06, is near the bottom of the list in terms of wind drift.  The reason for this is simple: new designs have tended to lengthen the bullet for a given weight as a longer bullet will have a higher ballistic coefficient.  In the process of lengthening the bullet, the bearing surface becomes shorter as the nose and boat tail grow. The shorter bearing surface reduces chamber pressure, so we can then increase the powder charge somewhat to regain the pressure level and increase the muzzle velocity.  These new bullets are another important element in making the .30-06 competitive again.  That doesn't mean the Sierra 190 has lost any accuracy ground though, so remember to balance wind drift considerations to accuracy in your rifle.  I still use the Sierra 190 for most of my shooting at 500 and 600 yards.

One important note, the MV figures used for the ballistic data presented were generated from a 30" barrel at maximum pressure (58,000 to 60,000 psi) as measured with the Oehler 43 system.  I have generally found that the best accuracy is obtained with loads that are a bit milder, typically about 1 grain below maximum.  Because that change affects all bullets equally, I've left the presentation of data at the maximum pressure level which is the most common way this information is presented.

Whether you’re shooting the 168 at 300 yards with a light load or a 210 at 1000 with a heavy load, you can find something that suits your needs. The .30-06 gives you the flexibility with its long neck and generous powder capacity, to suit the load to the demands of your type of match.

Barrel Life
While long barrel life is not the primary a reason to select a cartridge for competitive shooting, it is always a consideration for those of us who don’t do our own barrel fitting or have the resources to get a new barrel fitted at about $500 to $600 at the drop of a hat; not to mention the time it takes to get the job done. With that in mind, a cartridge that will give you 5,000 accurate shots is much easier to deal with than one which only gives you 1,000 or 2,000 good rounds. Compared to a 6.5-284, for instance (admittedly, the extreme example), a .30-06 barrel will cost you about $0.10 per shot versus $0.50 per shot for the 6.5-284. One of our club members, Oliver Milanovic, recently shot out a Krieger barrel in .300 Winchester Magnum in fewer than 750 rounds – ouch!

You can reasonably expect 5,000 accurate rounds from a .30-06 fired in mid-range matches which are, of course, slow-fire. As barrels wear, accuracy deterioration becomes noticeable at the longer ranges first and after many more rounds at the shorter ranges. Accordingly, I’m not at all certain the .30-06 will maintain accuracy at 1000 yards for the same 5,000 rounds, but if you use a throating reamer to clean up the throat at reasonable intervals it probably will. While that’s certainly not a basic level procedure, it is a useful way of maximizing accuracy life and a cartridge with a long neck like the .30-06, and long bullets like the 210 Berger or Sierra that you might use for 1000 yard shooting make it a practical consideration. Frankford Arsenal conducted tests in the early 1960’s that showed competitive 600 yard accuracy life of over 10,000 rounds for the .30-06 with National Match ammunition despite considerable barrel erosion. A lot of this depends on the bullet and the pressure at which the cartridge is loaded, however, so don’t take those figures as an iron-clad guarantee, just a good indication of longer than average barrel life for a target cartridge.

Components and Tooling
In the matches that I reported in the accuracy section of this article, I used a wide range of bullets, including Sierra 168, Sierra 180, Sierra 190, Lapua 185, Berger 175, Berger 185, Berger 190 VLD, Berger 210 and Western 197. Powders were mostly Hodgdon H4350 but also included IMR 4895, IMR 4064 and H4831sc. Brass used included Lapua, Winchester, Remington, Federal and Lake City. I point this out only to indicate that good scores are not solely dependent on bullet choice or a specific load; in fact, unlike some cartridges, the .30-06 will perform very well with a very wide variety of components.

That tolerance for a large variety of powders and bullets is one of the .30-06's great virtues. When supplies are short as they have been all this year (2009), the ability to get good performance out of whatever happens to be available is highly appreciated! Apart from being able to use a broad range of components, the most basic component of all – brass – has been much easier to find this year for .30-06 than for other cartridges such as the .308 which really dried up fast. I was able to buy .30-06 brass during the summer and fall at big chain stores as well as Bruno’s when shelves were essentially bare of most other reloading components.

Speaking of brass, and we should, Winchester brass is not only all you need for this cartridge, but it’s also as good as can be. I bought 200 pieces of Lapua to try out and it is certainly fine brass, but so is the Winchester. I base these statements not only on scores fired with both types, but on case wall concentricity (click here for article) which is as good on the Winchester as on the Lapua. I have enough Federal and Remington brass on hand to check and test, but have done little with it so far; however, the few matches fired with those brands were in line with the Winchester and Lapua. Once I test those, I’ll add the data to this article. In fact, I’m working on a brass table covering about a dozen types of .30-06 brass but that’s not ready yet as the work is slow and other things seem to always get more priority.  I can say at this point that my old favorite, Lake City Match, comes off quite poorly in comparison to commercial brass, as it consistently has more case body thickness variance and neck thickness variance than Winchester or Lapua.

Primers are always an area of interest for me and I did all of my basic large primer testing with the .30-06 (click here for article). While the .30-06 certainly showed a preference for a milder primer, such as the PMC/Wolf or Federal, it was less sensitive to changes in primers than smaller cartridges. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it is insensitive to primer choice, it may be less sensitive to the small variations from lot to lot of the same primers. This is, however, a relatively minor item, especially for mid-range shooting where primer selection is less important than for long-range shooting.

For 300 yard matches, I typically load the 168 Sierra (moly-coated) with 47 gr, if H4895; again you should reduce that by a grain for uncoated (non-moly) bullets.  This is essentially a duplicate of the Lake City Match load, but with the Sierra in place of the arsenal 173 gr. match bullet.  There's a lot of air space in the cartridge with this load and you can gain a slight improvement in accuracy by tipping the case to settle the powder at the rear before loading and then trying to keep it that way.  This isn't an exact procedure, given the movements we all make in position, but that will cut your elevation dispersion a bit.

The traditional powder choice for the .30-06 with the heavier bullets is 4350, whether from Hodgdon or IMR and that remains a sound choice.  My basic load is 53.5 gr. of H4350 with a moly-coated 190 Sierra or 185 gr. Lapua D46.  This load is in the 2780 fps to 2820 fps range, depending on the barrel, powder lot and which of the two bullets used, but it's always a very accurate load.  While this load wasn't absolutely maximum pressure in our pressure tests, it's very close to it, so please approach it from at least two grains below, working up carefully.  If you're using uncoated bullets then reduce yet another grain of powder.  A load workup doesn't take much time, it's enjoyable and it can save your rifle and body parts from a lot of destruction - be cautious in your reloading work!

I've worked with H4831sc for the heavier bullets like the 200 gr. and 210 gr. range, but found in the pressure testing that I was unable to get the pressures to the same level as with 4350, making the resultant ballistics slightly inferior to a 4350 load with the same bullet.  Accuracy at 500 and 600 yards, however, was very good despite the slower MV.  To be specific, the H4831sc load produced 2600 fps whereas the H4350 load produced 2700 fps with the 210 Berger. 

Going in the other direction, Alliant's new Reloder 17 may be just the ticket for increasing MV a bit while maintaining safe pressure.  The burn rate is similar to 4350 and in my testing of it in other cartridges, it provided a very useful increase in MV at the same pressure.  I haven't tried RL17 in the .30-06 at this point and don't have any immediate plans to do so, but if you are experimentally minded, that would be an interesting test.

Dies, gauges and every sort of reloading accessory are probably made for the .30-06 in greater variety than for any other cartridge. If there’s a gadget you want, you can get it for the '06. I really won’t spend much time on this topic other than to say that I prefer Redding dies but I wouldn’t hesitate to load with various other brands.  The Redding Type S full-length sizing die and the PTG Serengeti reamer (reamer print at the end of the article) seem to be made for each other; sizing is a joy with this combination.  If you want a non-bushing die at a moderate cost, the Hornady New Dimension dies are very well made, produce cases with excellent neck-to-body concentricity and the seater is very versatile as you can use it for any .30 caliber cartridge.

Chamber reamers merit a bit of attention as once your barrel is chambered you'll be living with the results for a long time. First, you should make sure that the reamer's leade angle is 1.5 degrees per side, not the old 3 degree specification. The shallower 1.5 degree leade is a definite contributor to enhanced accuracy. Also, the SAAMI standard neck diameter of 0.340” is fine for most applications and if you plan to use Lapua or Lake City brass without turning, it’s mandatory. However, if your plans run to Winchester brass, or turned necks (or both), then you can use a slightly smaller chamber neck diameter such as 0.336”. My reamer has a 0.340” neck and I don’t have any problems getting long life from neck turned Winchester brass (0.125” neck thickness, 0.333” loaded diameter) so this issue may be a bit on the trivial side. My reamer is the PTG (Dave Kiff) Serengeti Rifles Match reamer, number 9685. If you’re planning to use 210 grain bullets regularly, I would suggest asking for a slightly longer throat, perhaps 0.150” instead of the standard 0.086”, but if 190 grain and lighter bullets will be your normal choice, then the unmodified Serengeti reamer will be fine. My standard Serengeti chamber handles the 210’s well for occasional use, so don’t get too concerned if you want to try a few.

Final Thoughts
Did I forget anything? Oh yes... recoil.  No doubt a lot of you have been reading this and thinking “What about the recoil?” Well, all I can say is that with a typical modern prone rifle in the 14 lb. to 15 lb. range, recoil from the .30-06 is no more objectionable than from a .308 Palma rifle. I use heavy Palma or MTU contour barrels to put some weight up front. The only real detriment to recoil is what I described as “barrel movement during barrel time” in my article about .30 caliber shooters (click here for article). Overcoming that is mostly a matter of developing very good shot execution skills.

Photo: Borden Tubegun Special action.

We've discussed the cartridge in this article, not the actions and stocks that house it, but they deserve a mention because new developments in those fields are part of the logical case for the .30-06.  The most important of these is the emergence of the tubegun, specifically the Eliseo CSS RT10 which is made for the long-action Remington 700 and clones.  The RT10, detailed in the article linked here, reduces the rifle's movement on firing due to its straight-line design, and that is a real advance because it reduces the "barrel movement during barrel time" effect.  Further, if you choose to glue the action into the sleeve, the rigidity of the Remington is increased several times over; another important plus when dealing with a long, heavy barrel.  The tubeguns have been so successful in this first decade of the 21st Century, that action makers are beginning to make actions specifically for them.  Borden Accuracy is the latest to do so and produces what I believe to be the best action available for the tubeguns

Just think, great accuracy and ballistics, long barrel life, ease of loading and an opportunity to improve your basic skills – who could ask for more? Well, OK, I’ll give you one more benefit, are you ready?  When you shoot the .30-06 you’re part of the oldest tradition in American Highpower shooting, you’re doing it the way it was done before anyone even heard the word millimeter, the way it was done with the Springfield and the Garand, you're doing it with the cartridge that won two World Wars, the cartridge Dad Farr fired all afternoon and into the night pounding the V-Ring right out of the 1000 yard target at Camp Perry, you're doing it the way six generations of Riflemen have done it before you.  Well, I said we'd avoid nostalgia, but it kind of sneaks up on you, doesn't it?  Have fun and consider the perfectly logical .30-06 the next time you chamber a barrel.

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