Best .30-06 parent case cartridge

Greyman

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The great 30-06 parent case debate. All around, NA big game. .270 vs .280 vs .30-06 vs .35 Whelen. What's the best?
 

Sawtooth

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So many excellent rounds. Had a 270 win. for thirty years and recently rebored the barrel to .338-06. Hoping to add another elk to that rifle's story this fall.
 

Bambistew

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I've got a couple 270s, 2-280s, a 30-06, 338-06 and 35 whelen... I've killed a fair number of animals (mostly elk) with all of them. I would say the 280 is my favorite, more so because the rifle is light and accurate. Can't really say one performs all that much better than the other. I kind of want to build a 400 whelen, but haven't talk myself into it just yet.
 

ImBillT

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They’re all excellent. The .270 Wins is probably the best fit in terms of bore capacity, but the 7x64/280 Rem get a big win when it comes to projectiles. The .280AI really gives it the needed boost to handle the big 7mm bullets with ease.

I’m surprised at how little love the 6.5-06 gets. It’s basically a 25-06 with better bullets.
 

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They’re all excellent. The .270 Wins is probably the best fit in terms of bore capacity, but the 7x64/280 Rem get a big win when it comes to projectiles. The .280AI really gives it the needed boost to handle the big 7mm bullets with ease.

I’m surprised at how little love the 6.5-06 gets. It’s basically a 25-06 with better bullets.
And your the first one to mention the 25-06.

Really, i don't see as there is a "best".
Everything from 25-06 to 35 Whelen performs admirably.
 

oleefish2

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I have 2 25-06, 1 270 and a 30 gibbs. I use to have a 25 ai and a 25 gibbs, I do not think there is a bad 06 child, they all do a great job.
 

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Back in the 60s my dad reamed a mod. 70 super grade from 220 Swift to 22-06 AI. Later he had it bored to 6.5-06 AI.

I read that the 256 Newton which is a 6.5-06 dates back to 1913. Of course they didn't have the bullets we have now.

I suspect people have been asking which -06 parent case cartridge is the best for much longer than any of us have been alive. By the end of the week I recon we will have it figured out.;)
 

antelopedundee

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They’re all excellent. The .270 Wins is probably the best fit in terms of bore capacity, but the 7x64/280 Rem get a big win when it comes to projectiles. The .280AI really gives it the needed boost to handle the big 7mm bullets with ease.

I’m surprised at how little love the 6.5-06 gets. It’s basically a 25-06 with better bullets.
At one time the 6.5-06 was the most popular wildcat based on die sales at RCBS. Not sure if it still is. Great cartridge for antelope and deer.
 
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