Well, I have given it a lot of thought, in fact I could not sleep last without getting up two times and thinking about all that was said on the two threads I started and especially the thread on developing a close up load on dangerous game with the 30-06. It might be my age or that I am a died in the wool American and loved showing foreigners how well the 30-06 killed game before their very eyes or just a nostalgic old fashion guy who likes the excitement and loves to shoot the 30-06. For so many years since I owned my first 06 as a teenager, I have watch my 06’s dispatch for me coyotes to the big ones and some up close stuff that made me draw up in places I can’t talk about. It has and I say has never failed me. May be it is because I was lucky at times or just used the right bullet or was a fair shot and hit the right place or the Lord was just good to me.
When men like Warren Page, R.M. Hanson, Jim Stewart, Hosea Sarber, Grancel Fitz, Wendell Swank, Dr. George Petrides (who took everything from kob, wart hogs, hartebeest, lion, buffalo and hippo) Andy Russell, Myles Brown, Frank Golata, Alf Madsen, Jay Williams, Bill Rae and Bill Ruger also Stewart Edward White (who used it on lion), Fred Barnes, Colonel Whelen used the 06 for just about everything and all but a few of the above mention men used the 06 as the rifle of choice in the field. Jack O’Connor said that much of the criticism of the 30-06 stems from the use of unsuitable bullets for the job at hand and if used on brown bear use a heaverier bullet than the 180gr of proper construction.
Many things were said and much advice was given on my last thread and I am sure there are those who just can not accept my position on the 30-06. Nitroman and AlaskaCub had good points and I respect them for their opinions that have come from the field.
Well at this point after sleeping on it I am just going to bit the bullet and develop in my Kimber 8400 a 30-06 load using either a 220gr or 240gr bullet and if the bear eats me because I don't have enough gun, then I will meet my hunting friends in the after life knowing I had a lot of fun hunting through the years with lots of excitement. Yes, I believe in the 30-06 and it’s ability considering it’s wide range of power, it's sufficient flat trajectory, unquestioned accuracy, reasonable recoil and unusually broad variety of bullet choices and the fact that it is the world’s most versatile center-fire cartridge ever developed. With all the new powders, bullets and especially new light match grade rifles of today, I find it very questionable as to whether we can name any standard caliber or cartridge which is more versatile or better suited when all things are weighed to meet the requirements of a majority of American riflemen and hunters. When I have traveled and people ask me what are you using on this hunt and I say the 30-06 they have always said, “good choice.” If God is willing and I get to Alaska on a gizz hunt, beartooth (Mike) will be among the rest of the names who have used the 30-06 on the BIG BEAR whether it will be up close or far. ☺