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I say if you can only own one rifle the 30/06 is the greatest cartridge ever.Lookin for opinions and debate.
 

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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..
 

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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 :lol: 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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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!
 

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The .30-06 is one of the most versatile cartridges ever. It is hard to go wrong with it in a one-gun battery. My vote: yes. (I own two and am looking at a 3rd!)
 

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Also, I can't give the 30-06 the greatest ever award. That would take a lot more discussion....friendly debate. :wink: I can see a whole new post coming soon to your local DHC channel. :whistling:
 

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I have to agree with spiker, If a person said to me I can only afford one rifle, I know, without a doubt the .30-06 is what I would recommend.
 

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I have a Savage 99 and it is a .308. Come to think of it, now that I have sold off a bunch of rifles, every one I own is a .308. For me, it is the most versatile of the 30's but that is just my opinion. I have killed everything from ground squirrels to elk with mine.

I don't shoot paper except to sight in so I don't worry about all that goes with that. I am not a "group" shooter. I seldom get a chance or need more than the first, cold barrel shot. As a result, that is all I care about. I sight in to shoot dead on, 1.5" high at 100-yards and get on with my business.
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If the 30-30 win has taken more deer than almost all others combined, how can it not be named best ever from the hunting group? I'm not saying it is, just injecting more debate, Most popular round???? Best ever???? Come on...... The 30-06 started out life as a military round then made it to the hunting arena. What makes it your best ever award. I think it is a great round probably not the best ever though.
 

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I vote for the 06 because of its versatility,affordabilty(ammo) and the vast amount of game it can take.While true the 30/30 has taken countless deer i dont consider it a great cartridge.In its time yes but it is limited in its range and its killing power.I think the other contenders to the 06 would be maybe a 270 or 308 but i still think the 06 is the closest thing to a one gun battery.IMHO
 

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If I could only have one caliber to hunt all North American big game that would probably be my choice as well.
 

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You want a debate . . . . you got it! <grin>

Depends on what part of the country you're from. Central Texas, the .270 is more than enough for anything within 300 miles. But then again, what other state can you travel 300+ miles and still haven't left the state??? But that's a different argument altogether!

My vote is for .270. Between the 130 and 150 grain bullets, they can drop just about anything.

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P.S. Don't have a .30-06 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . yet!
 

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My vote is for .270. Between the 130 and 150 grain bullets, they can drop just about anything.
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I am with you my first rifle was my .270 & only rifle I use consistantly every year & was my only for a long time I have no issues if it were still my only one
the way I look at it they designed the .270 correctly the first time that is why you don't have a ton of choices in bullet weight you don't need them LOL
 
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