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Backcountry Hunting Podcast

Feb 11, 2022

The .30-06 still stands as one of the best choices for all-around use on big game—particularly with modern projectiles and propellants.

From close up to 400 yards, it's superb. From little southern whitetails and pronghorn antelope to Alaska/Yukon moose, it's outstanding. 

This episode takes a deep look into how to get the best performance your .30-06 is capable of. 

  • Why the .30-06 became so popular in the first place
  • What traditional cup-and-core bullets do so well out of the .30-06
  • How it is still relevant today
  • How it kills with so much authority
  • Where it's at it's best (out to 400 yards) and why
  • Capability, shootability and recoil
  • Factory ammo: broad-spectrum use
  • Barrel life
  • Picking modern loads with modern bullets
  • Handloading tips for the .30-06
  • Classic bullets for use inside 300 yards
  • Modern bullets for maximizing capability past 300 yards
  • Best bullets for use on big elk, moose, and bear
  • Rifle actions, barrel lengths, stock types, and scopes for use with .30-06 

Final thought: It's not just about what you use, it's how you use it. 


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