What can one say about the 30-06 other than it is truly a versatile cartridge with a lot of potential left to discover when you consider the new technologies of today with powders, better brass, very good primers and of course premium bullets.
As many of you on this forum know I have done some testing this last spring with accuracy and velocity potential of the 30-06 and had some good success with above average results.
I have been working with the 30-06 in seven different rifles of my own and a number of other 06's belonging to friends over the last 28yrs and two of mine were customs and four were factory rifles. With my seven rifles (not counting other rifles) I have fired (according to what records I kept over the years) 4,328 hand-loaded rounds through 30-06 rifles. Don't recall nor will I guess on the number of factory rounds I have shot. There were more hand-loaded rounds fired but when I first started I did not keep consistent and in some cases usable records.
I have used the following bullets in my test at the range and on game and they are as follows:
Sierra Game Kings 125gr, 150gr, 165gr, 180gr, 200gr, 220gr
Nosler Partition 150gr, 165gr, 180gr
Nosler Ballistic tip 150gr, 165gr, 180gr
Nosler Accubond 150gr, 165gr, 180gr
Speer 130gr Hp
Speer Hot Core 150gr, 165gr, 180gr, 200gr
Speer Bear Claw 165gr
Barnes Original 250gr
Barnes X 165gr
Barnes TSX 165gr, 168gr, 180gr
Hornady interlock 165gr,
Remington Cor-lock 165gr, 180gr
Woodleigh Protected Point 180gr, 240gr
I say all of the above so as to discuss a bullet I have started to work with which if accurate will in my limited experience with the 30-06 compared to others in the shooting world, be a bullet that will elevate the performance level of the 30-06 on game of all size. It should not only by it's design make it possible for the 30-06 to function consistently on big game (even dangerous game) but also give the hunter a higher level of confidence in the field.
Over the next two years I will be testing at the range for accuracy, also in different media and in the field on game. The bullet I am testing is the North Fork Technologies 165gr, 180gr and 200gr. The rifle will be my Mark V Custom with a 24" barrel.
These are expensive bullets (1.60 a peace after shipping) but I really like their idea in design and will see just how they do. If they meet my perceived expectations they will surely increase the level of performance of my 30-06 on big and dangerous game.
I will begin with the 165gr not only at the range but in the field this year on dear and hogs and will use the 180gr and 200gr on game in the field on trips starting next fall.