.30-06 Springfield

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The 30-06 Springfield Ammo was introduced to the US Army in 1906 before it became standardized and stayed in use, in service, with the army until the late 1970s. It is 7.62 × 63mm in metric notation and has its parent case as the 30-06 Springfield. The 30-06 Springfield Ammo's name originates from the number of bullet caliber it possesses in inches which are 30. The "06" is a reference to the year 1906, when the cartridge was adopted. It has its place of origin in the United States. The 30-06 Springfield Ammo was quite popular in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war. It was designed in 1906 by the Springfield Armory, even though several others have manufactured it since then. With bullet diameter of .308 inches and a land diameter of .300 inches, the neck of the 30-06 Springfield Ammo is .340 inches. It has a shoulder diameter of .441 inches and a rim diameter of .473 inches. The 30-06 Springfield Ammo rim's thickness is .049 inches, and it has an overall length of 3.34 inches (85mm). It has a maximum pressure of 58, 740psi, and a Max CUP of 50,000. The 30-06 Springfield Ammo remains a popular sporting round with ammunition produced by many prominent manufacturers globally. It is one of the most popular sporting cartridges globally, and this is due to its efficiency when used in hunting. It is also tolerable to most shooters, however young.

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The .30-06 Springfield was adopted by the US military in 1906 to replace the 30-03, 30-40 Krag, and 6mm Lee Navy cartridges. The cartridge nomenclature is derived from 30 for the caliber of the bullet and “06” for the year it was introduced. It remained the US military’s primary cartridge for rifles and machine guns for 50 years.

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.30-06 Springfield Usage

While the 30-06 Springfield is not a standard issued cartridge for the military any longer, it is still a popular and common big game hunting choice that has successfully harvested every big game animal in North America, along with many African game animals including dangerous game.

The 30-06 Springfield was the primary cartridge of weapons used by the US and Allies to win both World Wars and has been a popular choice of civilians for hunting on multiple continents. Carlos Hathcock II, aka, “White Feather”, used a rifle chambered in 30-06 as his primary rifle in his war efforts during the Vietnam War.

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The 30-06 is a rimless bottleneck cartridge with an overall length of 3.34” and a case capacity of 68 grains (H2O). It uses large rifle primers and fires a .308” diameter bullet with a maximum pressure of 60,000 PSI.

Ammunition options for the 30-06 include full metal jacket, hollow points, soft points, lead free,  and armor piercing with weights ranging from 110 to 220 grains depending on use and rifling twist rates for stable performance.

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