A 30-06 will do everything a .308 will, only better.
Yes it will with more weight, size and more recoil.
To me sounds like you overstate the power of short actions underestimate the 30-06 family and jump straight to magnums. Not a critter in North America I would feel handicapped chasing with a 270, 280, or 30-06 with an appropriate bullet.
I never said a short action would do everything a 30.06 based cartridge would do. I said that a 30.06 is over power for most and under power for others.
280AI will always be interesting to me.
The 280AI did make my long list. It really is a very capable chambering. I really loved my last two 280's.
I don’t have anything against all the “latest and greatest”, but I do feel like posting this meme (with appropriate newest ‘hot’ caliber inserted) sometimes.
Dude, that's just wrong on so many levels.........
The '06 family of cartridges aren't going anywhere.
I pretty much agreed with you already.
Is the 30.06 dying off? No, I hope not
Is the 30.06 obsolete? Not really.
I have lots of different calibers just because I want them.
But I’m under no illusion that I “need” them. I could get by with two rifles for NA and three for the world without a sweat. Maybe one and two, respectively-but I might sweat just a little bit.
That's how I think of rifles too.
I guess I should predicate my semi-uneducated opinion little more.
I currently own and shoot a few rifles. From left to right.
223 Rem, 243 win, 6.5x47 Lapua, 7mm-08, 30-30 (My absolute favorite rifle. Ask me why later), 338 Edge. (Not Pictured for some reason or another, 7mm LRM and 6XC and a few others that I was too lazy to pull put of the safe)
I owned quite a few 30.06 based rifles and ended up selling them over the last few years. None of these had any real sentimental value to me so I never looked back and always invested the funds in a new rifle. I am a bit of a long range junkie even though I have taken a lot more animals with a bow than I think I ever will with a rifle so I tended to look towards downrange ballistics and terminal performance. Over the past couple of years that has started to change.
I have started looking at what I hunt, where I hunt and what it I need to harvest it.
For me the long action, standard calibers have always been an option but I found that I could most often get by with a short action, usually the 7mm-08 or the 6.5x47 Lapua. When I thought I really needed something with more knock down power I considered a 280 or 30.06 but always went with the 7mm LRM and 180 gr. bullets.
I took my first elk cow with a 280 but since then I have always carried either a 308 or 7mm LRM. There was nothing wrong with the 280 but I have wanted either a lighter, more compact rifle or something that could shoot a better, heavier bullet with a lot more authority. Since then I really haven't looked back. I even sold one of my Hill Country 280's on this forum.
I don't think the 30.06 will ever go away or really be obsolete but I do believe that there are better choices if you take the time to think about what you are hunting and what you need.