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30-06 Springfield / History:
Centerfire Rifle Cartridges
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.

 To achieve maximum accuracy from your 30-06 Springfield rifle there are several things you need to do correctly that will help increase your rifles overall accuracy capabilities.
First: Properly mount your riflescope.
Second: Properly break-in your rifle barrel.
Third: Properly sight-in your rifle.
Fourth: Properly clean your rifles bore.
 To accurately calculate ballistics for your rifle with ballistics programs you need to measure your rifles scope mounted height.


30-06 Springfield / Hunting Applications:

243 Winchester vs. 260 Remington vs. 7mm-08 Remington vs. 308 Winchester.
25-06 Remington vs. 270 Winchester vs. 280 Remington vs. 30-06 Springfield.
264 Winchester Magnum vs. 7mm Remington Magnum vs. 300 Winchester Magnum.
 These are down range trajectory charts for the 30-06 Springfield cartridge with the scope mounted 1.8 inches above the bore center line plus if you were using these loads, their effective hunting bullet energy range with well placed shots on;
Predators: Such As, Bobcat, Cougar And Coyote.
Deer Size Game: Such As, Antelope, Blacktail Deer, Hogs, Javelina, Mule Deer And Whitetail Deer.
Elk Size Game: Such As, Caribou, Black Bear, Sheep And Elk.
Moose Size Game: Such As, Brown Bear And Moose.
Good Predator Hunting Load:
30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge manufacturer: Remington.
Bullet weight: 125 Grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .268.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 3,140 Feet Per Second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 2,736 Foot Pounds.
Bullet trajectory is set at 1 inch mid-range rise.
Rifle true zero is 180 Yards.
Maximum point blank range is 210 yards.
125 Grain Bullet
Down Range
At 100
Yards
At 200
Yards
At 300
Yards
At 400
Yards
At 500
Yards
Trajectory in Inches: + 1.0 - 0.8 - 8.4 - 23.6 - 49.0
Energy in Foot Pounds: 2,146 1,666 1,273 957 710
Predator Effectiveness: + + + + +
Good Deer Hunting Reload:
30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge manufacturer: Handload.
Bullet weight: 150 Grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .415.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 3,063 Feet Per Second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 3,125 Foot Pounds.
Bullet trajectory is set at 2 inch mid-range rise.
Rifle true zero is 225 Yards.
Maximum point blank range is 260 yards.
150 Grain Bullet
Down Range
At 100
Yards
At 200
Yards
At 300
Yards
At 400
Yards
At 500
Yards
Trajectory in Inches: + 1.8 + 1.0 - 4.9 - 16.9 - 36.0
Energy in Foot Pounds: 2,671 2,273 1,924 1,618 1,352
Deer Effectiveness + + + + +
Good Deer Hunting Load:
30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge manufacturer: Hornady.
Bullet weight: 150 Grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .415.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 3,080 Feet Per Second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 3,159 Foot Pounds.
Bullet trajectory is set at 2 inch mid-range rise.
Rifle true zero is 228 Yards.
Maximum point blank range is 265 yards.
150 Grain Bullet
Down Range
At 100
Yards
At 200
Yards
At 300
Yards
At 400
Yards
At 500
Yards
Trajectory in Inches: + 1.8 + 1.1 - 4.7 - 16.4 - 35.2
Energy in Foot Pounds: 2,701 2,300 1,948 1,639 1,370
Deer Effectiveness + + + + +
Good Elk Hunting Load:
30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge manufacturer: Hornady.
Bullet weight: 165 Grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .447.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 2,960 Feet Per Second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 3,210 Foot Pounds.
Bullet trajectory is set at 3 inch mid-range rise.
Rifle true zero is 252 Yards.
Maximum point blank range is 292 yards.
165 Grain Bullet
Down Range
At 100
Yards
At 200
Yards
At 300
Yards
At 400
Yards
At 500
Yards
Trajectory in Inches: + 2.5 + 2.2 - 3.4 - 15.3 - 34.6
Energy in Foot Pounds: 2,770 2,382 2,037 1,733 1,465
Elk Effectiveness: + + + - -
Good Moose and Large Bear Hunting Load:
30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge manufacturer: Hornady.
Bullet weight: 180 Grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .480.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 2,820 Feet Per Second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 3,178 Foot Pounds.
Bullet trajectory is set at 4 inch mid-range rise.
Rifle true zero is 270 Yards.
Maximum point blank range is 315 yards.
180 Grain Bullet
Down Range
At 100
Yards
At 200
Yards
At 300
Yards
At 400
Yards
At 500
Yards
Trajectory in Inches: + 3.3 + 3.4 - 2.4 - 14.8 - 35.2
Energy in Foot Pounds: 2,765 2,396 2,066 1,772 1,513
Moose Effectiveness: + + + - -

30-06 Springfield / Specifications:
Rifle:
Barrel Length - 24".
Bore Twist Rate - 1 in 10".
Bore Groove Diameter - .308".
Cartridge:
Bullet Diameter - .308".
Primer Size - Large Rifle.
Case Neck Diameter - .340".
Case Shoulder Diameter - .441".
Case Base Diameter - .471".
Case Rim Diameter - .473".
Maximum Case Length - 2.494".
Trimmed Case Length - 2.484".
Maximum Overall Length - 3.340".
Ammunition:
30-06 Springfield
Cartridge
Manufacturer
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Bullet
Muzzle
Velocity
Fps.
Bullet
Muzzle
Energy
Ft. lbs.
8.5 lb. Rifle,
Recoil
Energy
Ft. lbs.
Remington 55 .197 4,080 2,033 8.76
Remington 125 .268 3,140 2,736 16.38
Winchester 147 .421 3,020 2,977 19.15
Hornady 150 .415 3,080 3,159 20.13
Black Hills 155 .435 2,900 2,894 19.45
Hornady 165 .447 2,960 3,210 21.60
Winchester 168 .475 2,790 2,904 20.64
Federal 170 .284 2,000 1,510 13.88
Winchester 180 .527 2,750 3,022 22.12
Federal 200 .395 2,540 2,865 23.17
Remington 220 .294 2,410 2,837 24.80

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