Itís amazing to think that the 30-06 Springfield will have been around for one hundred years in 2006. Most old-timers that have had such a long and illustrious life are sitting back resting and enjoying their retirement. This is not the case for the ever popular 30-06 Springfield cartridge.
The 30-06 Springfield has long been considered among the most versatile cartridge that is available today. Dating back to 1903 and replacing the 30-03 Springfield. The 30-06 Springfield cartridge has earned fans from all over the United States for its adaptability and flexibility that it offers for all different kinds of shooting. Thus making the 30-06 Springfield the most popular rifle in the US today.
For those unaware of the history of the 30-06 Springfield, we should first explain the proper pronunciation. When referring to the 30-06 Springfield, is it common to say thirty ought six. This cartridge was selected as the standard by the United States army originally in 1906. The 30-06 Springfield was originally developed by gunsmiths at the Springfield Armory during 1906. It is said that the 30-06 was based on the German Mauser cartridges.
The versatility of this cartridge can be summarized by the many different forms of weaponry that were developed or used the 30-06 Springfield. The more famous of which are listed below.
The famous Gatling gun was adapted and re-chambered to accept 30-06 Springfield cartridges.
The Model 1903 Springfield
The Model 1909 machine rifle was configured to accept 30-06 cartridges.
Other military models that were either re-chambered or developed with the 30-06 Springfield in mind were, Chauchat, Johnson M1941, M1 Garand and the Lewis Gun, in addition to many others.
Nowadays the most common use for the 30-06 Springfield rifle is hunting. It is almost as if this rifle has acquired a cult status among hunters, with many being able to tell you in magical detail the first time they used a 30-06 Springfield on a hunt. More importantly, they can describe their first big game kill.
So, as we approach the one hundredth year of service given by the legendary 30-06 Springfield, itís great to look back with appreciation and awe.
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