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Top 5 30-06 Ammo for Elk Hunting

The 30-06 Springfield cartridge has been one of the most prolific cartridges for elk and other big game over the last 50 years. With bullet weights in the 150-180 grain range, and a muzzle velocity over 2,700 fps, the 30-06 is a great choice for elk out to several hundred yards. This list is our 5 best 30-06 hunting cartridges for elk hunting, you can check out all 30-06 ammo here.
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Hornady Outfitter Ammunition 30-06 Springfield 180 Grain CX Polymer Tip Lead Free Box of 20

From the backcountry to the back-forty, trust your hunt to Hornady Outfitter ammunition. Featuring corrosion resistant nickel-plated cases that are sealed watertight and topped with the accurate and rugged CX bullet, Outfitter ammunition is designed to perform under the toughest conditions. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable nickel-plated, brass cases.

 

The CX (Copper alloy eXpanding) bullet from Hornady represents the most advanced monolithic hunting bullet on the market. Its optimized design offers extended range performance, greater accuracy, high weight retention, and deep penetration. One-piece copper alloy won't separate and delivers devastating terminal performance, deep penetration, and 95% weight retention. The Heat Shield® Tip is made of a heat resistant polymer that resists aerodynamic heating and provides a consistently high BC for the bullet's entire flight path. The Heat Shield® tip also gives the bullet a perfect meplat (tip) for bullet-to-bullet and lot-to-lot consistency. The grooves on the CX bullet maximize aerodynamic performance while effectively reducing bearing surface and fouling. Fully California compatible and appropriate for use in other areas that require nontraditional bullets, CX provides a great option for everything from medium-size to large game.

 

Features

  • Monolithic copper alloy
  • Heat shield tip
  • Optimum groove geometry

 

What Customers Are Saying

Pleasantly Surprised

This is a great bullet first time using it. The ammo line was first rate also. The rounds are sealed at the bullet and primer for maximum moister resistance. It shot under a MOA in my rifle. We shot an elk at 15y with it. The bullet hit high shoulder and bottom of the spine. We found the bullet right under the skin on far side. The bull dropped in tracks and then was given another round to finish it. This round went through the ribs and lungs. We recovered it and it was the prettiest mushroom you have ever seen. It has changed my mind about all copper bullets.
- firetool, 11/4/2022

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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Barnes VOR-TX Long Range Ammunition 30-06 Springfield 175 Grain LRX Polymer Tipped Spitzer Boat Tail Lead-Free Box of 20

Barnes ammunition is manufactured to precise tolerances to ensure excellent accuracy and consistent velocities. VOR-TX LR is an extreme-distance load combining super-premium components that are assembled with a level of precision never before attained in factory ammunition. Each box includes ballistic charts that identify the G1 ballistic coefficient and address variables such as velocity, drop, energy and wind deflection – calculated at sea level and 5000 feet elevation. VOR-TX LR achieves match-grade accuracy and unmatched terminal performance on game at close and extreme distances delivers the quick, clean, ethical kills you’ve come to expect from Barnes. Distance can change all it wants. The terminal performance of VOR-TX LR never will. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable nickel plated brass cases.

 

The Long-Range X Bullet (LRX) line is designed after the best-selling Tipped Triple-Shock X Bullet, the LRX bullet design increases Ballistic Coefficient values by increasing ogive and boat tail lengths to improve the bullets' long-range ballistic performance. For the hunter who is confident in long-range hunting, the LRX will fill the niche of this new hunting craze. LRX bullets will continue to be manufactured with the proven 100-percent copper, lead-free bodies. The bullet's polymer tip initiates expansion, causing the nose cavity to open instantly on contact doubling the bullet's original diameter while creating four cutting petals that wreak extensive internal damage. Exceptional performance means clean, quick kill.

What Customers Are Saying

I will buy again.

Velocity 2760 from 22 inch barrel and accuracy .75. HS precision rifle. Handloads slightly better but not by much. Will be more goto factory round for this rifle. Thanks again Barnes and Midway
- GMW1233, 5/5/2019 Shop Now
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Federal Premium Ammunition 30-06 Springfield 165 Grain Sierra GameKing Soft Point Boat Tail Box of 20

Quality hunting ammunition designed for maximum performance and reliability. Premium hunting bullets are matched with select powders, primers and brass to create a reliable, hard-hitting hunting cartridge. GameKing Bullets are designed for hunting at long range, where their extra margin of performance can make the critical difference. GameKing bullets feature a boat tail design to bring hunters the ballistic advantage normally found with match target bullets. The streamlined tapered base of the boat tail greatly reduces drag, which results in higher retained velocity, greater striking energy, a flatter trajectory and less wind drift than comparable flat base bullets. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable cases.

What Customers Are Saying

Bought these to try in a ...

Bought these to try in a Winchester Model 70. They shot 1/2" groups at 100yds and 1.1" at 200. Didn't need to test anymore loads. Went back and bought 12 boxes. Should last my son many years of hunting. So far he's got 2 one shot stops, one a 200+lb Missouri Whitetail.
- D, 2/25/2010

About Federal Premium

Technology is the lifeblood of Federal Ammunition, and it’s been pumping through our veins since 1922. That’s when our founding president, Charles L. Horn, started a culture of innovation that has guided everything we’ve done for nearly a century, turning a company that began humbly in Anoka, Minnesota, into one of the world's largest producers of sporting ammunition. It’s led to the development of thousands of specialized, high-quality shotshell, centerfire and rimfire loads for hunters and shooters. It’s instilled manufacturing and quality control processes that have made our ammunition the most trusted in the industry. Every day we manufacture products to enhance our customers' shooting experiences and provide an ideal choice for any pursuit. It's what makes us the most complete ammunition company in the business. Today, we carry on Horn's vision for quality products and service with the next generation of shooters. With our CEO Chris Metz at the helm, we maintain our position as

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Norma Bondstrike Ammunition 30-06 Springfield 180 Grain Polymer Tip Boat Tail Box of 20

Norma Bondstrike is specially developed for extreme precision and performance from normal to long hunting distances. The power bonding technology guarantees high weight retention and deep penetration. The high BC sets a new standard among hunting bullets that is directly comparable to high performing match ammunition. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

 

Features

  • Aerodynamic polymer tip for high BC and quick expansion
  • Thinner front-jacket for expansion at all ranges
  • Power bonding technology for high residual weight and penetration
  • Match boat tail for high BC giving speed and extreme precision at long range

 

What Customers Are Saying

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Really good ammo from Norma. Beutiful packaging and 30.06 cartridges. I tried in a Sako and weatherby mark v and accuracy was below personal standards. Both guns grouped one and a half inches. Other guns may shoot better as this is my experience. I love Norma ammo and have had great performance with other loads.
- Charlie Papers, 3/23/2020 Shop Now
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Hornady Precision Hunter Ammunition 30-06 Springfield 178 Grain ELD-X Box of 20

Loaded with the most advanced all-range hunting bullet available, Precision Hunter Ammunition sets a new standard of accurate, deadly and dependable hunting performance. Your trophy has never been closer– even if it’s far away! Featuring the radically superior ELD-X bullet with patented Heat Shield tip, Precision Hunter will soon be the “go-to” load for ANY hunting situation because of its effective terminal performance at ALL practical ranges.

 

The Heat Shield tip of the Hornady ELD-X bullet defies the effects of aerodynamic heating and retains its shape to provide a perfect meplat (tip) that is always the same shape. A streamlined secant ogive with optimum boattail design, plus the highly concentric AMP bullet jackets, combined with the patent pending Heat Shield tip creates a supremely accurate, high BC match bullet. ELD-Match bullet BCs are measured with Doppler radar and corrected to standard atmospheric conditions. With high velocity, 0-400 yard impact, the bullet continually expands throughout its penetration path. The thick shank of the jacket and high Interlock ring keep the core and jacket together providing 50-60% weight retention. Upon low velocity, 400+ yard impacts, the Heat Shield tip drives backward into the bullet to initiate expansion. Exhibiting conventional expansion with a large mushroom and 85-90% retained weight the bullet provides deep penetration and large wound cavities.  This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

Features

  • Heat Shield Tip forms the perfect meplat
  • No tip deformation from aerodynamic heating
  • Match accurate hunting bullet
  • Devastating terminal performance at all ranges

What Customers Are Saying

Perfect LR CX2 bullet

This factory ammo helped turn my 34yo Vanguard back into a sub-MOA rifle. Older .30-06s seem to really gravitate to the heavier, slower bullets and mine was no different. It had been struggling to group even 2" with 150gr Remington Hypersonics,which got discontinued and thus forced a switched to these and it's like a whole new rifle. A WORD OF CAUTION: these are thin-jacketed, cup and core bullets with relatively big hollow points and a weak interlocking ring. In my opinion, the ELD-X bullet is an ideal low-velocity bullet (< 2600fps) for Class 2 game. I took a whitetail doe at 85yds, DRT, 0 steps and literally knocked her for a flip, awesome damage. Next up was a 3yo whitetail buck at only 60 yds, complete jacket and core seperation and no exit wound, jacket was mangled up against the opposite side hide and lead fragments seemingly went everywhere during his cleaning. He was still DRT as he ate every ft/lb of energy that bullet had but I caution hunters that are realistically just shooting whitetails unde...
- DK, 2/19/2019

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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