View Full Version : Does ANYONE make a 30-06 Tactical rifle??

July 02, 2008, 20:28
Just curious..all tacticals are either .308, .300 or .338..never see heavy barrelled 30-06 rifles any longer..do ANY manufacturers make one??
I have a friend who has a pre-64 Winchester U.S.M.C. sniper rifle with a bull barrell and it is in 30-06 and a very accurate rifle (1950's era) with the Unertl Varminter scope--cant see why so many people veer away from 30-06:?

Brass Rat
July 02, 2008, 20:48
Most likely because the military moved to the .308

.308 will do anything that the 30.06 does, up to about 180gn. Anything larger than that and the 30.06 really shines.

July 02, 2008, 22:29
I think savage makes a long action version of their varmint/tactical rifles in 30-06.

The reason that most people shy away from the 30-06 nowadays is as posted before that the military is more 308 nowadays. That being said there is nothing wrong with an 06 and it will do everything a 308 will do and then some. The advantage a 308 has is ammo availability and for hand loaders with lighter bullets it is more efficient (less powder to get similar pressures).

July 05, 2008, 16:41
The .308 has emerged as a bit more accurate than 30-06 probably due to the shorter thus stiffer case. Plus, the 308 is more tacti-COOL if that does anything for you. The slightly shorter bolt throw in a short-action rifle is another advantage for target or military use.

Rebarreling or chambering an 06 to 308 in a standard length action makes no sense to me.

Someone said "The 30-06 is never a mistake in a hunting rifle" I believe that to be true and keep 4 or 5 em on hand at all times. :biggrin:

July 18, 2008, 10:30
Winchester made many M70 "Target rifles" that were used by military shooting
teams. The USMC or US Property rifles bring serious money today. You can still
get a post 64 Model 70 Target in 30-06 for under $1000. They stopped making
the Target Model shortly after '65.

July 29, 2008, 04:02
I built my Rem. 700 in -06. I thought long and hard and just did not see the 300 fps (+-)worth the extra cost of 300 mag. ammo.

Besides the -06 should shoot as far as I can see and past were I can hit.

July 29, 2008, 11:11
oooh tactical. I got a reg'lar model 70 made in 1954 that puts 'em all under a nickel at 100yds. That "tactical" enough for you?

July 29, 2008, 11:29
The ultimate tactical 30/06 is the M1 Garand!:biggrin:

July 29, 2008, 13:07
Originally posted by hagar
The ultimate tactical 30/06 is the M1 Garand!:biggrin:

Coming soon: Tapco tactical rails for your M1. :biggrin:

Unless, of course, I missed it.

July 31, 2008, 09:56
The .308 uses a short action, which is a tiny bit stiffer than the long action of the '06, therefore a tiny bit more accurate, at least in theory. Most people can not shoot well enough to have that tiny bit of difference count for anything.
If you are using an off the shelf commercial sporting rifle, I doubt there is any significant difference at all. You would probably find more difference between 2 similar rifles by brand, model and caliber than between a .308 and an '06 ot the same brand, model and caliber.

FWIW, the most accurate centerfire sporting rifle I have ever owned was an old Savage 110 in .30-06 with the stamped trigger group and hardwood stock.
It was over 25 years old when I bought it, and under $200.

Yes, I was dumb enough to sell it.


August 01, 2008, 23:08
The 06 does a little better with heavy bullets at 800-1000 yds but isn't all that popular in long range mathces anymore. Shorter/fatter cartridges are said to burn better (I have no idea). Now I want to see what the new RL17 powder might do for the ol' 06 rifle. There are claims that you can pick up 200 fps in certain rounds (6mm....com article). If I could add 150 fps to a 180gr load in 30-06 I would truely never need another rifle to hunt in North America.

August 02, 2008, 00:59
Originally posted by hagar
The ultimate tactical 30/06 is the M1 Garand!:biggrin:

For what it's worth, they also built a few Saiga AKs in 30-06.

August 02, 2008, 10:29
I recently transfered a M70 for a customer in .30-06 with the unertle 10x - very nice vietnam era sniper rifle.