you know thinking about it, i couldn't really say. Have never owned one. lol. I do know the discussion has come up on a few of the forums I frequent. If you where to just look at factory ammo selection, as far as different bullet weights, 30 -06 and .308 have alot of different ones to choose from.
Ballistically the 30-06, 308 and 270 are so close it is a toss up..
I say if you can only own one rifle the 30/06 is the greatest cartridge ever.Lookin for opinions and debate.
I'd be inclined to agree, but I own more than one rifle so therefore I don't own a 30-06 I almost bought one as many of you know, but I think that having a .242, .270, and a 300 Win mag would be better if you can afford it.
agree with the 30-06 with my 30-30 getting a close second. i hunt the ozark area so there is mostly heavy woods, and the 30-30 has served me well. i bought the 30-06 when i did a lease in clark co mo and there was a lot of wide open space there. i have since handed my 30-30 down to my son and now hunt with the 30-06 exclusively.
I would disagree at least on one point. I would go with the .308.
And the biggest reason has nothing to do with ballistics. It has to do with respect to reloading. Surplus .308 rounds are easier to come by than 30-06 surplus rounds. Being they are both 30 cal, bullet availability is identical.
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If I could only have one a 30-06 or 308 would be high on the list. Since I reload, a 6.5 Grendel AR would also be one to consider. I could load light bullets for varmints and heavier bullets for deer, bear and whatever else.
I have a couple of 30-06 rifles, however, I think I'd go with the 300 sav as a one rifle only limit. I wouldn't have to fight the recoil and sending a 150 gr bullet will take just about anything I care to shoot. Also I could shoot my favorite rifle the Sav 99!