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On the .30-06

"...for all kinds of jobs in the open
and in timber, on big animals and small, at long range and short, there isn't anything more versatile..."
Jack O'Connor

"The .30/06 has been tested
for nearly a hundred years and, securely enthroned as the queen of American cartridges, she seems to be getting better every year." Jim Carmichel, Outdoor Life

"I've used the '06 off and on for more than 30 years. I suppose I've taken at least 500 head of game with it on four continents. It really is one of my favorites." Col. Craig Boddington

"Then we come to the .30-06 Springfield, my pick as the greatest rifle cartridge of the 20th century ... a benchmark by which big-game cartridge performance is compared."
Layne Simpson, Field Editor, Shooting Times

"There's nothing you're likely to hunt that's too big for a one-shot kill with a.30-06. From winning wars to winning the hearts of hunters, the everlasting .30-06 remains our most popular round." Wayne van Zwoll, Sports Afield

"The .30-06 Springfield is the most versatile cartridge ever developed."
Sam Fadala, Guns magazine

"I have long taught that if you can't do it with a 30-06, you probably can't do it."

Col. Jeff Cooper
 

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Hey.....that looks just like my 30.06!
 

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I'm not sure how it could be yours. I just finished building it and it's in my safe.
 

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So what is the point of this topic?

We already know that you can hunt most anything on the lower 48 with the 06' and the right load.

That is no secret.

The question is, after you killed 400 or so head of game. wouldn't you like to try something else?

The point of hunting is not getting. it is hunting. If it was called getting, then that is what it would be.

I have used everything from a .222 to a 300 Weatherby Magnum to hunt whitetails.

There is two Gamemaster 30-06's in my gun cabinet and two .270 Winchester Gamemasters in my cabinet and one .300 Winchester Magnum - Browning Pump Rifle. Plus a bunch of other guns that I won't even get into.

Model 700 Remington's are like bung holes, everybody has one!
 

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"The question is, after you killed 400 or so head of game. wouldn't you like to try something else?"

No

"Model 700 Remington's are like bung holes, everybody has one!"

And should have several...more
 

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My want for a 700 BDL goes back to my childhood. The BDL was Sears "best" and at the top of the catalogs rifle page. Several of the old fellows that took me deer hunting used BDL's, and most topped them with 4X Weavers. Those guys always loaded 220 grain round nose cartridges for hardwoods deer hunting. The Remington 700 BDL was "the" deer rifle all of us kids wanted.

I've owned a lot of rifles, but just got a nice BDL in 30.06 a few months ago, fulfilling a childhood dream. I don't know why it took so long. I haven't scoped it yet, but I see a Weaver in its future.

Now, do I hunt the .35 Remington Marlin lever or the BDL this deer season? The 45.70 hasn't been bloodied yet......

Decisions......decisions.......dezisions.......
 

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The purpose of this post is that the 30-06 is alive and well and, like bungholes, every body's got one. I went without lunch for a whole lots of days to scrape up the doo ray me to get my first BDL. Of course, it was a 30-06. I've still got it. (imagine a big smiley face right here)
 

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"Grandpa's Lesson."

Pappy took to drinkin' back when I was barely three.
Ma got pretty quiet. She was frettin', you could see.

So I was sent to Grandpa and he raised me up real good.
He taught me what I oughta and he taught me what I should.

I learned a heap 'o lessons from the yarns he liked to tell.
There's one I won't forget because I learned it 'speshly well.

"There jist ain't many folk who live a peaceful, carefree life.
Along with all the good times there'll be lotsa grief and strife.
But ain't many troubles that a man cain't fix
With seven hundred dollars and a thirty ought six."

Grandpa courted Grandma near the town of old Cheyenne.
Her daddy was cantankerous - a very greedy man.

He wouldn't give permission for a fancy wedding day
'Til grandpa paid a dowry--biggest ever people say.

Her daddy softened up when Grandpa said that he could fix
Him up with seven hundred dollars and a thirty ought six.

Grandpa herded cattle down around Jalisco way.
Ended up behind some iron bars one dusty day.

Seems the local jefe craved my Grandpa's pinto mare.
Grandpa wouldn't sell her so he lit on out of there.

Didn't take much doin' 'cept a couple special tricks
plus seven hundred dollars and his thirty ought six.

Then there was that Faro game near San Francisco say.
Grandpa's cards was smokin' hot and he took all one day.

He woke up nearly naked in a ditch next early morn'.
With nothin' but his flannel shirt, and it was ripped and torn.

Those others were professionals and they don't play for kicks.
He lost seven hundred dollars and his thirty ought six.

He begged some woolen trousers off the local storekeep there
Who loaned him both a pony and a rifle on a dare.

He caught those thievin' cardsharks at another Faro game.
He got back all his property and also his good name.

He left one bleedin' badly and another mostly lame.
My grandpa's trusty rifle shoots just where you choose to aim.

Grandpa's slowin' down a bit and just the other night
He handed me his rifle and a box sealed up real tight.

He fixed me with them pale grey eyes and this is what he said,
"You're awful young but steady too and I will soon be dead.

I'll bet this here old rifle and this honest money too
Will come in mighty handy just as readily for you.

There jist ain't many folk who lead a carefree, peaceful life.
Along with times of happiness, there's always woe and strife.

But ... aint many troubles that a man cain't fix
with seven hundred dollars and his thirty ought six."

Lindy Cooper Wisdom
 
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