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30-06 Springfield:
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.
30-06 Springfield:
 The very popular 30-06 Springfield was created by the U.S. military and commissioned into use in 1906. The 30-06 springfield's official military name "Caliber.30, Model 1906, Mark 1". The 30-06 was used in the bolt-action M1903 Springfield rifle, the bolt-action M1917 Enfield rifle, the semi-automatic M1 Garand rifle and machine guns. Instantly the 30-06 cartridge was adopted into civilian use for sporting purposes and rapidly expanded into the world wide shooting community and in which it was accepted with open arms. The 30-06 is one of the most widely accepted cartridges in the world. The reason for such popularity is the availability of bullets which range in weight from 100 grains to 220 grains. The 30-06 brass cartridge case lends itself well to be altered into other calibers and cartridges, the list is long and most of the cartridges that were developed are some of the best we have today.

 The 30-06 with the power it offers down range will recoil somewhat to the shooters shoulder with heavier bullets in the 180 grain range, the recoil is at the peak of what most shooters will tolerate. However with achievements of the ammunition manufacturers in the past ten years, recoil has been reduced dramatically and this has moved the 30-06 cartridge into a stand alone position of the most versatile rifle cartridge in all of North American hunting. With lighter weight bullets suited for varmints and heavy bullets suited for large bears, elk and moose, the 30-06 Springfield is capable of handling all of the game animals in North America.

 While those that handload their own ammunition for the 30-06 have been nearly duplicating 300 H&H Magnum ballistics for years with their 30-06 handloads, the ammunition manufacturers have picked up the pace with high performance loads for the 30-06 as well. Remington's 55-grain Accelerator load with its 55-grain saboted bullet at 4080 fps for the 30-06 is quite an achievement, Hornady's Superformance loadings offer standard loadings with an average of 200 feet per second velocity gains over standard 30-06 loads of equal bullet weights with the use of specialized gun powders.

Reloading Specifications:
Bullet Diameter = .308".
Maximum Case Length = 2.494".
Trimmed Case Length = 2.484".
Primer Size = Large Rifle.
Maximum Cartridge Overall Length = 3.340".

Reloading Data:
 For the Deer, Elk or Moose hunter hand-loading or reloading his or her own 30-06 Springfield ammunition, Western Powders, Ramshot Big Game rifle powder does an impressive job of launching 150 grain .308" diameter bullets at high velocity. Ramshots online reloading data shows that a 150 grain .308" diameter Hornady SST bullet using 53.0 grains of Ramshot Big Game powder can be driven to a velocity of 2,851 feet per second loaded at a maximum cartridge overall length of 3.210" in the 30-06 Springfield. This load does not top out until the 150 grain bullet is at 3,063 feet per second at a chamber pressure of 59,636 P.S.I.. For the 150 grain bullet reload if you sighted your 30-06 hunting rifle in dead on at 220 yards it would only be 2 inches high at 150 yards and only 3.3 inches low at 275 yards which would be an excellent deer, elk and moose load.

30-06 Springfield Load Data And Ballistics Table
Test Powder Used = Ramshot Big Game.
Test Bullet Used = Hornady - SST - .308" diameter.
Test Primer Used = Winchester - WLR.
Test Case Used = Remington - 30-06 Springfield.
Test Case Trimmed Length = 2.484".
Loaded Cartridge Overall Length = 3.210".
Test Barrel Length = 24".
Test Barrel Twist Rate = 1 in 10".
Hornady
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Hornady
Bullet
Sectional
Density
Hornady
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Powder
Start
Load
Grains
Start
Load
Velocity
Fps.
Powder
Maximum
Load
Grains
Maximum
Load
Velocity
Fps.
Maximum
Load
Pressure
P.S.I.
150 .226 .415 53.0 2,851 58.9 3,063 59,636
Short Range Ballistics Table For Above Load:
Recommended
Cartridge
Usage:
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Muzzle
Velocity
Fps.
Muzzle
Energy
Ft. Lbs.
Rifle
Zero
100 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
200 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
250 Yds.
Big Game 150 .415 3,063 3,125 0 - 2.8" - 6.1"
Long Range Ballistics Table For Above Load:
Bullet 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds. 500 yds. 600 yds. 700 yds.
Velocity Fps. 2,832 2,613 2,404 2,204 2,015 1,835 1,667
Energy Ft.lbs. 2,671 2,273 1,924 1,618 1,352 1,121 925
Trajectory + 1.4" 0 - 6.5" - 19.1" - 38.8" - 67.2" - 105.9"
Maximum Effective Range For Thin Skinned Big Game: 525 Yards.
Maximum Effective Range For Thick Skinned Big Game: 300 Yards.



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Factory Ammunition Ballistics:
 The below 30-06 Springfield rifle ballistics table will give rifle cartridge bullet weight measured in grains, velocity measured in feet per second, energy measured in foot pounds, trajectory measured in inches and rifle recoil energy measured in foot pounds based on a fully loaded and scoped 8.5 pound, 24" barrel length rifle with scope mounted 1.5" above bore centerline.
Rifle Ballistics Table Compiled By: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.
30-06 Springfield Factory Ammunition Ballistics Table
Centerfire Rifle Cartridge /
Cartridge Manufacturer;
BH=Black Hills, F=Federal,
H=Hornady, R=Remington,
W=Winchester
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Muzzle
Velocity
Fps.
Muzzle
Energy
Ft. lbs.
Recoil
Energy
Ft. lbs.
Rifle
Zero
100 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
200 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
300 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
400 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
500 Yds.
30-06 Springfield / R 55 .197 4,080 2,033 8.76 0 - 1.4" - 6.8" - 17.8" - 36.9"
30-06 Springfield / R 125 .268 3,140 2,736 16.38 0 - 3.0" - 11.9" - 28.4" - 55.0"
30-06 Springfield / W 147 .421 3,020 2,977 19.15 0 - 3.0" - 11.2" - 25.6" - 47.3"
30-06 Springfield / H 150 .415 3,080 3,159 20.13 0 - 2.8" - 10.7" - 24.5" - 45.4"
30-06 Springfield / BH 155 .435 2,900 2,894 19.45 0 - 3.3" - 12.3" - 27.9" - 51.4"
30-06 Springfield / H 165 .447 2,960 3,210 21.60 0 - 3.1" - 11.6" - 26.3" - 48.4"
30-06 Springfield / W 168 .475 2,790 2,904 20.64 0 - 3.7" - 13.3" - 29.8" - 54.5"
30-06 Springfield / F 170 .284 2,000 1,510 13.88 0 - 10.0" - 35.4" - 81.0" - 152.6"
30-06 Springfield / W 180 .527 2,750 3,022 22.12 0 - 3.7" - 13.5" - 30.0" - 54.4"
30-06 Springfield / F 200 .395 2,540 2,865 23.17 0 - 5.0" - 17.7" - 39.8" - 73.5"
30-06 Springfield / R 220 .294 2,410 2,837 24.80 0 - 6.2" - 22.4" - 51.8" - 98.3"

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