Versatile .30-06 cartridge suitable for mice to moose

Which Bullet For Pigs In .30-06

Q: The only high-power rifle I own is a Mark X Mauser in .30-06 topped with a 3-9×40 Zeiss Conquest scope. It is consistently accurate, punching 5 shots into 1.5 MoA at 100 yards. I’ve been using 150 and 165gn bullets in my reloads for pigs, but you wrote recently that a 130gn bullet can be loaded to 3200fps. This would probably shoot a bit flatter, at least over normal game ranges which can reach 300 metres in my hunting area. Can you recommend a good 130gn bullet and the best powder and load for pigs in my gun? Would your load be any good for fallow deer as I often come across them.

George Hamilton Jr.


A: In my own Mauser 98 .30-06 I have gained excellent results on goats and pigs shooting the Hornady 130gn SP bullet and 56gn of AR2208 which gives about 3200fps in a 610mm barrel. Work up from 2 grains below. If you find that bullet lacks enough penetration, try the Barnes 130gn TS-X BT and the same charge and standard LR primer. The Barnes has a very short shank and the maker recommends lightly crimping the case mouth with a factory crimp-style die to increase neck tension. However, I struck no problems with it in my rifle. I’ve often heard the saying: “beware the one-gun man.” If he owns a .30-06 it’s probably true because the cartridge is so versatile that the hand loader can cook up a suitable load for almost everything from rabbits to rhinos.




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Nick Harvey

The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.