I just got to wondering one night. What would hunting be like if the 30-06 was not invented? It has been around for 104 years and it is still going strong. Everyone that I know has at least one rifle in this caliber if not a few. If you ask someone what my first rifle should be, most everyone says get a 06. This caliber has won wars, and taken countless animals in the field. There are countless other calibers based off the 30-06: 25-06, 6.5-06, 270, 280, 338-06, 35 whelen, there might be more I just canít think of them off the top of my head. Where would we be if this round was not invented? I also got to thinking if the 300 savage would have won the machine gun contract and not the 308, would everyone be shooting 300 savages and then basing other calibers off that and not the 308. Are any of the new Short Mags, really going to last as long as these proven and tried cartridges? I'm sure that is has been debated before, but I find it interesting.