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It had ghosted into the conifers without showing me antlers. Besides, myriad loads are possible for any one cartridge.
The .30-06 appears in about 80 types of factory ammo. It’s been felling elk for more than a century under a wide range of conditions.
Many times that number of handloads can be fashioned, with bullets and powders that continue to proliferate. Surveys I’ve taken of thousands of elk hunters put it neck-and-neck with the 7mm Remington Magnum in popularity.
A better choice for elk hunting than Remington’s big 7mm is tough to find.
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Introduced in 1962 with the Model 700 rifle, it featured 150- and 175-grain factory loads.
Neither seemed to me ideal for elk, though Wyoming outfitter Les Bowman and the Remington company promoted the round masterfully.
Its flat arc and relatively light recoil appealed to hunters.