The best 30-06 rifles are accurate, powerful, reliable, and fit your budget. Hunting rifles chambered in .30-06 caliber are as plentiful as ever, and there are many great models out there that make full use of its versatility and power.
Here are just a few of the best .30-06 rifles that I have had the pleasure of shooting!
For those that are on a tighter budget and want to purchase a rifle and scope all in one, the Savage Axis II is a great choice.
I had the pleasure of shooting my buddy’s 30-06 Savage Axis on the day he brought it home, and while it may not be the prettiest gun, it does everything that you need it to while not breaking your bank.
This rifle has a detachable box magazine, adjustable trigger, and a 3-9×40 scope that all make it a great buy.
And at only 6.5 pounds, this little gun weighs next to nothing! You could carry this thing all day long while in the woods and never get tired.
It does not include a swing swivel, however, so you will have to install one yourself in order to put a rifle sling on the rifle.
For the price, I think the Savage Axis II could be a great hunting rifle for those that want a 30-06 that can be used for medium to somewhat long ranges.
The only thing I think this gun lacks is a quality stock, so don’t expect any extreme long-range accuracy.
But again, for the money, I believe this is easily one of the best budget-friendly 30-06 rifles out on the market today, and was very impressed with my time at the range with it.
Where to buy the Savage Axis II Bolt Action Package Rifle:
Hunting has long and rich traditions, but you need a weapon before you head out into the field.
When it comes to hunting rifles, few are as popular or iconic as the .30-06 rifle.
This excellent caliber has been around for decades and continues to prove its worth every year as hunters use it to take down wild game of all shapes and sizes.
But the infamous 30-06 didn’t start its life as a hunting cartridge.
Designed over 100 years ago in 1906, the “30” refer to its caliber while the “06” is the year of its creation.
Made as a military round, it struck a perfect balance between size and power.
It did such a great job, in fact, that the 30-06 stayed as the U.S. military’s primary rifle and machine gun cartridge for over 50 years before finally being replaced.
Even after the military moved onto a new cartridge, the 30-06 stuck around and saw plenty of use in the civilian world.
Hunters found that this cartridge could be sized up or down with different bullet sizes to accommodate just about any animal on the planet.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some common questions about .30-06 rifles, ammo, and uses.
How much is a 30 06 rifle?
Most .30-06 rifles cost between $350 and $2,500, but you can find some high end options for up to $5,000. Collectible .30-06 rifles are a different story. They can be sold at auction for millions of dollars.
What can you hunt with a 30 06 rifle?
A .30-06 rifle can take down anything from moose and black bear down to feral hogs and deer. Anything smaller than that will obviously be killed or destroyed. A grizzly bear could be killed with it if you get a perfect headshot or heart shot. But if you hit it anywhere else, you’re at the risk of being killed by the grizzly bear before it eventually dies from your inaccurate gun wounds. Lion’s are a similar situation. You can kill a lion with a .3o-06, but God help you if you don’t kill it with that first shot.
How far can a 30-06 shoot?
Most shooters can shoot a .30-06 accurately, and humanely, up to about 400 to 500 yards or less. The expert shooter might be accurate from 600 to 800 yards. But only the best snipers can hit a target at 1,400 yards. At that distance you’re reaching the limit of what’s humanly possible. For the first 200 yards the bullet will fly with basically zero drop. In total it will travel 2 to 4 miles before it naturally hits the ground on its own. Nobody’s hitting anything at 4 miles. Check out this video that gives a demonstration of .30-06 bullet drop:
Does Henry Rifles make a 30 06?
No, Henry Rifles does not make a .30-06 rifle right now. They have made them in the past, so you may be able to find a used one for sale.
What does 30 06 rifle mean?
A 30 06 rifle is a rifle that shoots a .30 caliber bullet which was standardized in 1906. So the “.30” refers to the caliber of the bullet in inches, and the “06” refers to the year the cartridge was adopted.
Final Thoughts on the Best .30-06 Rifles
The 30-06 is a rifle that has been around for a long time and has provided hunters with a versatile round that can effectively take down any animal.
These three rifles have all proven to me that the 30-06 may be old, but it is certainly not a pushover and is one of the best hunting calibers out there.
All of them have their own unique advantages that can come into play while out in the field, and there is one to fit every budget and hunting style.