30-06 ammo is a popular choice among American hunters and shooters today and the round has an interesting past. After a few modifications between 1903 and 1906, Springfield's 30 caliber military cartridge became the venerable .30-06 (officially ball cartridge, caliber .30, Model of 1906) and went on to incredible fame and distinction through two world wars and to unmatched popularity among hunters and match shooters world-wide.
The round has been offered in every conceivable action and by all popular arms makers bar none. Although the round is now a centenarian, it remains unabated in its popularity and sales. With little debate, Springfield 30-06 ammunition has likely taken every major North American big game animal, and done so with aplomb. The rifle cartridge has even been used as the "plains" rifle for African hunters.
Because of it’s versatility, some shooters believe if you can invest your hard earned cash in just one gun, this would be it. Available actions, manufacturers, and bullet offerings make it a no-brainer with full metal jacket, soft point and jacketed hollow point rounds readily in-stock and for sale. It's hard to find a location where factory ammunition for the '06 is not available. And the range of bullet choices make the round's use unparalleled - from varmints to moose!