Is the 30-06 a good caliber for Caribou or Moose?
I am looking at a Remongton Ti in 30-06, does any one have experience with these rifles? How is their accuracy out of the box with factory loads?
I do own a Remington Titanium 30-06 with the spiral cut bolt. Purchased it 4 years ago new, so I suspect it is the original ti (not Alaskan ti). Very accurate rifle, but finicky when picking out hunting loads. I have always been impressed by the Nolser Partition bullets in just about any calibre - reliably accurate and very predictable expansion. The titanium Remington rifle did not shoot the partitions well. The rifle has a very lightweight barrel and I suspect that is the main reason for the need to choose bullets and powder loads carefully with this rifle.
I purchased my son a Remington Mountain LSS in 30-06 at about the same time, and his rifle will shoot the Nosler Partitions very accurately. I settled on 56.5 grains of IMR 4350 and the 165 grain Partition to load for his rifle.
My titanium 30-06 is an absolute tack driver with the plastic tipped Nosler Ballistic tip bullets in 150 grain and 165 grain scooted along by some pretty fast powder loads. I cannot reconcile myself to using that bullet as my choice for a big game hunting round here in Alaska as the bullets tend toward being thin skinned and fragile. I probably shot 500 rounds using different brand bullet and powder combinations in the titanium rifle to find a good hunting combination (lots of small batches of 10 rounds each with different bullets and powders in ziploc sandwich bags). Chimo Guns and Sportsman's Warehouse really appreciated me for that tediuous and costly process. The newer Nosler Accubond in 150 Grain is a very accurate bullet that agrees with the titanium rifle, but still not as perfectly suited to that rifle as the Ballistic Tip.
Not to hijack the thread, but does anybody have opinions on the Tika in a 30-06? Was looking at them at Sportsman's awhile back. Seemed like a very light gun. The salesman said the 300 WM in that model was not much heavier but kicked like a mule because of its light weight. I think it was the T3 I was looking at.
Thanks in advance.
Wow, not a very favorable opinion of the T3. Interesting perspective as well. As an occasional shooter who puts less than 100 rounds through rifles each year - some years less than 50 - the Tika may work for me though. This Chuck Hawkes opinion is great, and very valuable I imagine for die hard gun enthusiasts. But asking him whether a Tika might be a decent gun to buy might be like asking Mario Andretti if a Toyota Corrolla is a decent car to buy? My Ferrari's come in the form of fly rods, not hunting rifles. I do have some concern over the plastic magazine clip though on the T3.
Thanks for the post. Good read.
Hey jmg - just my opinion, but if you're not going to shoot this gun a lot, not sure paying the extra dough for a Tikka is needed, if the Ruger ultralight would work for you. I have the MkII (not the untralite) in .338 WinMag, just love it. I didn't like the plastic feel to the Tikka stock...
Again, just my .02, I tend not to buy expensive rifles, just solid reliable brands (most of mine are Winchesters or Rugers).