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hitman13
12-15-2007, 9:29 PM
looking to make a tactical LR rifle soon. is 30-06 a good round for this or no? i only ask because i try to keep alot of my weapons the same caliber incase SHTF and i need to bugout. looking for something to match my m1.
if not then i guess it'll be a .308

please give me your suggestions though.

762cavalier
12-15-2007, 9:32 PM
Well if its any help the 30-06 will do anything the .308 will do and then some.

CSACANNONEER
12-15-2007, 9:45 PM
30-06 is fine (as good or better than .308) for medium range shooting. Up to 1000 yards is what I consider medium range. From 1000 yards on is what I consider long range. Tayloring your ammo tomaximize the accuracy of your rifle is will mean more than the caliber you choose.

Solidsnake87
12-15-2007, 9:52 PM
Yes, the .30-06 is a wonderful LR cartridge!!!!!!!!!! In my opinion, the .308 exists for shooters that do not like the recoil of the .30-06. :D

mothergreen
12-15-2007, 11:53 PM
the 7.62x51 was made to come close to the 30-06 in a shorter and lighter recoiling package. it will do ya fine. like csa says making your own ammo is what really gets the best accuracy. I really need to get into reloading....everybody does.

smle-man
12-16-2007, 12:00 PM
looking to make a tactical LR rifle soon. is 30-06 a good round for this or no? i only ask because i try to keep alot of my weapons the same caliber incase SHTF and i need to bugout. looking for something to match my m1.
if not then i guess it'll be a .308

please give me your suggestions though.

Reload with a proper long distance bullet and you will be fine all the way to 800 yds for accurate shooting. You can still hit beyond 800 with a .30-06 but wind and the effects of gravity will start messing with your groups.

Fjold
12-16-2007, 1:21 PM
Yep, the 30.06 is just as good as the 308.

You can tell by all the match shooters who use it competition.

:jump:

bwiese
12-16-2007, 1:39 PM
Yep, the 30.06 is just as good as the 308.

You can tell by all the match shooters who use it competition.

:jump:

Yeah. If there's a round we know the most about in terms of accuracy, it's gotta be the 308.

Even though you can give the 30-06 a bit more 'legs' at the end of the run than 308, the 308 still has it for accuracy (better controlled powder burn/short "powder path").

It's at least somewhat harder to find an 'accurate' (tactical/match/varmint) rifle in 30-06 than 308. While this doesn't mean you can't make a nice 30-06, if you want a good outta-the-box off-the-shelf accurate rifle, you're gonna do 308.

Pthfndr
12-16-2007, 4:18 PM
If you, the shooter, is up to the task, then go ahead and build one in 30-06 if you want to keep your ammo stash the same. The .308 cartridge isn't all that much more accurate than a 30-06. It's the combination of cartridge and rifle. A 308 rifle uses a shorter, therefore stiffer action, which is better for the accuracy of the rifle.

The vast majority of shooters would never be able to tell any accuracy difference between a 308 and 30-06 shooting the same bullet at any distance if both rifles were well built.

One thing you'll need to keep in mind though. The M1 Garand can be load sensitive. What works in a long range tactical rifle can with one shot bend the operating rod on your Garand, rendering it useless. Likewise, the ammo for your Garand probably won't produce the desired results in a LR bolt rifle.

hitman13
12-16-2007, 6:27 PM
One thing you'll need to keep in mind though. The M1 Garand can be load sensitive. What works in a long range tactical rifle can with one shot bend the operating rod on your Garand, rendering it useless. Likewise, the ammo for your Garand probably won't produce the desired results in a LR bolt rifle.

now there is something that i had never even considered.

thanks for all the info guys. ill post up when i start building (i.e: tax return time)

rksimple
12-16-2007, 8:40 PM
It is a must to reload if the 30-06 is to be a better LR cartridge than the 308. With the abundace of quality factory offerings in 308, if you don't reload, the choice is clear. If you can use that extra case capacity of the '06 to sling some 155 Scenars at around 3100 or 175s at around 2900, then the advantages of the chambering become much more apparent.