View Full Version : Need advice on which 30-06 rifle to buy!

03-15-2012, 11:15 PM
I want to purchase a 30-06. There is something I like about it over 308. I have shot both plenty of times, but I always go back to the 30-06. I am very comfertable with the caliber. So now I am in the market for one. I really don't care if it is a bolt action or semi. Most of my shooting will be at about 700 yards or so. Just for target shooting and bettering my skills. I would also like to reach out and touch a 1000 target once in awhile. Any input would be help full.

03-15-2012, 11:17 PM
It's a classic. Why not a nice Garand?

03-15-2012, 11:18 PM
I have had a browning BAR for 10 years now, and dont ever plan on selling it. Ive never shot it anywhere near 1000 yards though.

03-15-2012, 11:25 PM
What is the budget?do you consider other calibers ,Like 7-08,6.5X55 or 30-06 is final?
I have very good experiance with Tikkas and Savages bolt action,and if you like 30-06 look at 7.63X54R almost the same ballistics and recoil Mosin bolt action,(PSL,Vepr) semis, ammo very cheap

03-15-2012, 11:28 PM
If it's a target gun the .30-06 is a little odd compared to the .308. Especially considering the yardage you are talking about but odd isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you are just having fun and not competing then it's likely not a big deal at all. Might not even be a big deal in competition as long as you are not aiming for the top.

Gotta love the model 70

03-15-2012, 11:47 PM
the 30-06 is a Garand idea!

03-15-2012, 11:49 PM
why not M1903? :shrug:

03-15-2012, 11:53 PM
Build up one of these:


or one of these:


03-16-2012, 12:16 AM
Shooting a Garand at 700 yds will be disappointing, you won't be able to see the target very well or hit it consistantly.

Semi-auto .30-06 doesn't have many choices because of the long action required.

Lightly used .30-06 bolt guns are plentiful in every make, model, and configuration.

03-16-2012, 12:21 AM
I have a Rem 700 SPS 30-06 stainless up for sale. Comes with a Leopold VX3 3.5-10x40 on Redfield mounts, and a custom muzzle brake. PM me if interested, and I'll email you some pictures. Less than 80 rounds through the barrel.

03-16-2012, 7:30 AM
Hard to beat a Remington 700. The 30-06 in the Rem 700 is a classic configuration.

03-16-2012, 7:53 AM
One of the finest firearms I ever sold was a Winchester Model 70, Pre 64. If you can find one of those, you will own an amazing 30-06.

03-16-2012, 8:03 AM
i have a remington 721 i just bought and is in jail til the 27th. id say go find an old used bolt action with good rifling and you wont go wrong that way.

unless of course you want new.

03-16-2012, 8:11 AM
Almost every manufacturer makes a bolt rifle in the 30-06 chamber. Go out to the gun stores and I can almost guarantee you they will have at least 3 rifles in 30-06. Get a feel for the gun and see what you like. If, in the end, you still can't decide, go with something more popular, like a Remington 700, Howa 1500, or Savage. You won't have too much a problem selling either of those if you decide later you don't like it.

03-16-2012, 9:15 AM
Eliseo makes some seriously shiny stuff. All the match shooters at my local club shoot Gary's guns, and they are good. Like first names on national match trophies at Perry good. .30-06 Savage Target action on an Eliseo frame with a Kreiger barrel and the gun will outshoot you if you feed her right for the rest of your life. And it won't be too out of this world expensive. That's a real distance match gun. It will tell you everything that you are doing wrong.

03-16-2012, 10:15 AM
Go to shops and try out rifles for fit. Buy what you like. For out of the box accuracy then Tikka, T/C(bolt action) warr their rifles to shoot 1" at 100 yards and the Tikka's I have do much better. Savage is noted for accurate out of the box and if they do not do better than 1.5" the factory will not ship them. Same for Weatherby Vanguards which are a Howa action and barrel, some are sold as sub MOA also. I hear good things about Stevens and Mosberg also. Some Rem shoot very well and some do not out of the box or after spending a bunch in mods. Nowdays it is more hit and miss than before.

So look around find one that fits you and buy it. Do not buy a rifle just because someone(especially on the internet or at a shop) tries to tell you that it is the only one to have. Also consider what you plan to use it for. For long range target shooting a bolt action would be my first choice even though I own a number of semi-auto(M1A,Garands etc). Just as important would be very good to great optics. On my 50bmg's I have Nightforce NXS and they are worth every cent. You would be better off with a $500 rifle and $1500 optics than the other way around, providing the rifle was accurate. There are accurate rifles that are not high cost.