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This is amounting to a good year for expanding my collection. Got myself an AR for my birthday, got a new 9mm a few weeks ago, then today I was handed down an unfired bolt rifle. It's a Remington model 710 in .30-06, composite stock, with a Bushnell 3x-9x scope.

It was my grandfather's originally, he bought it (who knows how long ago), never shot it, and eventually forgot he had it until my uncle stumbled upon it while visiting him. My grandfather has ALS so he can't shoot it anymore, so he gave it to my uncle. My uncle already has a (much nicer) Ruger .30-06, so he passed it on to me.

Got out to the rifle range with it, I shot a decent group with it, but the scope was so far off that I went through the entire box of ammo I picked up for it trying to get it sighted in. I got it on target, but I'm not sure how close to zeroed I actually got it.

Fit and finish is good, the stock feels much more well-made than some composite stocks I've handled. Trigger is nice and crisp, bolt is smooth, and safety is easy to operate, but it kicks like a mule. Shot a box of 20 out of it today, I'm happy about it, my shoulder, not so much.

Gonna take some pics to add to this thread in the morning.
 

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3006 is a great jack of all trades caliber.........

as far as recoil......some folks insert weights into the stock, some change to a different brand of recoil pad, and some add a slip-on recoil pad providing you can tolerate or like the xtra length...and there is also the PAST recoil shield....

best slip-on recoil pad i have ever tried......it adds a tad bit of width which helps. Shooter's Friend Welcome!Home
 

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What deputy said above on the slip on recoil pads. I've never tried that brand(think i use Kick ease or something like that) but they work great and you can use them on multiple guns so you don't have to buy a ton of them. They usually come in a few sizes to fit most. Recoil on most guns don't bother me but a few hour session when firing hundreds of rounds(mostly pistol) but 40-50 of this rifle and another 40-50 of another rifle will make you sore so i started using them for some guns.
 

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Here's the pic I promised, I'll have to look in to the slip on recoil pads. I'm feeling it this morning, but the rifle is a joy to shoot otherwise.

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If you reload or know someone who does. Load some rounds with 13 grains of red dot powder. Makes a nice light recoiling target load. You can shoot all day and not beat your shoulder up.
 

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Nice!

They can really beat you up. One weekend, I was trying to get my Ruger sighted in and, not realizing that the scope screws had loosened up, I went through about 30 rounds before realizing it and so I gave up and went home, shoulder absolutely killing me.

The next morning, I went out to run through it again with tight screws and got it sighted in but I shot another 20 or so rounds.

The following morning, my whole arm was black and blue and that lasted about a week.

Still, a great round to shoot.

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Some number of years ago I decided I was going to develop the ultimate 30-06. I met with moderate success and my only impediment was my own laziness and propensity to abandon one project and begin another. I understand they have medications for that, but it requires a daily dosage, .... Hence, .....

Anyway, I began trying various loads to get the variety of available bullets in .308 to shoot on a vertical axis. I'm going to finish that project someday. I'm sure it can be done.


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30-06 is about the best all around caliber you can get. It will take down anything in North America.

I can sight that rifle in in 5 or less rounds. I use the “lead sled”. It’s no recoil and practically fool proof. They are a worth while investment. Do don’t sight any rifles with out it. Put the gun in the lead sled and fire a round with the cross hairs, dead center of the target. Simply adjust the cross hairs to the bullet. Done!

 

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If that Bushnell loses zero again, broom it and get a Leupold. I wasted a lot of range time on Bushnells and other cheap optics, before I learned my lesson.
Or a Nikon. They're being closed out, worldwide.
 

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I do plan on getting a better scope eventually, but still want to get the one on it sighted in for the time being so it's somewhat useable.

I think my sister's fiance has a decent setup for sighting in rifles, I'll have to ask him about it. I do plan on getting one for myself in the future, though, don't want to have to go to him every time I'm getting a gun zeroed in. I honestly didn't expect it to be so far off, or I would've arranged to have something with me.

I plan on getting a reloading setup within the next year or so (hopefully). It seems like a useful thing to have in general, and .30-06 isn't exactly cheap when you compare it to the 5.56 NATO and 9mm Luger that I'm usually getting. Plus it would be nice to be able to make my own custom loads to my liking.
 

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I think you will find reloading almost as enjoyable as shooting. Why not load your own 9mm and 223/556 too? I do. My 1st rounds i loaded were 9mm and 45 acp. I did 400 9mm this weekend.
 

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I think you will find reloading almost as enjoyable as shooting. Why not load your own 9mm and 223/556 too? I do. My 1st rounds i loaded were 9mm and 45 acp. I did 400 9mm this weekend.
I need to figure out a good way to catch brass before I'll be reloading my 9mm or 5.56, collecting brass is a bit tricky when it's being ejected and flying off into the unknown. In the past I've used a bedsheet hanging from a dowel with a sort of trough at the bottom, but it's not very portable. Of course, it's all moot until I get some reloading equipment anyway.
 

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Yeah that is the fun part catching brass. When i shoot my 9mm i stand in the center of a clearing. I find it all that way. I usually take a few of my 9's out. And they all throw the brass a different direction. I have it all around me lol. My 10mm is the worst for throwing brass. It throws it far. That i shoot off the bench with a tub next to me to catch it. I also collect others brass that is left behind. I go around to the shooting spots out in the mountain on brass round ups. I used to get a lot at the gun club. But the new grounds keeper collects it for scrap.
 

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Here's the pic I promised, I'll have to look in to the slip on recoil pads. I'm feeling it this morning, but the rifle is a joy to shoot otherwise.

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Nice! All you really need is a good scope on it. Maybe a new camo dip to the stock and a new recoil pad. 30.06 is one of the most versatile rounds out there can load from 110 grain to 220 grain.
 

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For a few bucks on amazon you can buy a laser bore sight...saves a lot of rounds. You might need to remount the scope or tighten things up a little. Also use the same ammo loads during this sighting in process.

Reloading really is where it's at if you want consistency. I grew up with my dad building his own hunting rifles from a military Springfiled 30.06 and an Enfield 30.06. He developed hunting loads through much trial and error until he came up with an accurate load that performed well, as far as the bullet mushrooming and imparting that energy into the target instead of passing through. He taught my brother and I to reload...it's what we did for fun on those cold winter days in Northern Idaho!

I do plan on getting a better scope eventually, but still want to get the one on it sighted in for the time being so it's somewhat useable.

I think my sister's fiance has a decent setup for sighting in rifles, I'll have to ask him about it. I do plan on getting one for myself in the future, though, don't want to have to go to him every time I'm getting a gun zeroed in. I honestly didn't expect it to be so far off, or I would've arranged to have something with me.

I plan on getting a reloading setup within the next year or so (hopefully). It seems like a useful thing to have in general, and .30-06 isn't exactly cheap when you compare it to the 5.56 NATO and 9mm Luger that I'm usually getting. Plus it would be nice to be able to make my own custom loads to my liking.
 
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