The 30-06 Springfield served as the United States primary sniper round from WWI up through the
first half of the Vietnam conflict when finally both the US Army and USMC standardized on the 7.62x51mm
NATO. The ought-six offers good ballistics and served as an outstanding sniper round while in service.
The use of the 30-06 for Law Enforcement needs to be carefully considered due to possible over penetration, but
with the selection of the right ammunition it could be very capable in this capacity.
There are not a lot of factory made sniper grade weapons chambered in the .30-06, which is somewhat of a mystery as
it is still a popular cartridge. It falls in between the .308 Win and the .300 Win Mag. and there has always been
match grade ammunition produced by Federal and now there are several other loads available from other manufacturers.
Some of these newer loads include heavier bullets where the 30-06 seems to come into its own.
I personally think this is a very capable military sniping cartridge, as it offers better ballistics then the .308 but
yet does not punish the shooter or rifle like the .300 Win Mag does.
Recommendations: The .30-06 is highly recommended for military applications, but perhaps not so much
for Law Enforcement use without proper research to find a good rapidly expanding load that may work well.
Note: We have chosen the HSM 175gr Match load for military use over the Federal 168gr due to the better bullet
design of the 175gr Sierra Match King for long range use. This load could use another 50fps but as it is it is adequate.
We have also listed the HSM 190gr SMK which is another excellent, and perhaps preferred load to the 175gr.
Note: For law enforecement use you will want to reduce the penetration and mazimize the energy
transfer. This can be done with a rapid expanding bullet and the ballistic tips and amax bullets tend
to work well here. The 150gr ballistic tip round loaded by Federal could work well here to help reduced penetration.
Some tests will need to be performed to see if penetration and excess fragmentation will be acceptible.
It is highly recommended to test shooting through glass also, as the b-tip has a thin case that
will probably strip when passing through glass. A Federal 165 and 180gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw
round is available and would probably make a great glass busting round, but with high
penetration if the bullet stays intact. Of course, accuracy tests will need to be done as well to see
if it meets criteria. There are other brands that have similar bullets that can be substituted if
accuracy levels are not met.
Federal Premium .30-06 150gr Nosler Ballistic Tip at 2910fps