If you own a rifle in .30-06 Springfield, you know how powerful, accurate, and effective this cartridge can be, but do you know how well Fiocchi .30-06 Springfield ammunition shoots? The .30-06 was developed to match the German’s 8mm Mauser. The .30-06 outstrips the .303 British and 7.7 Japanese for power.
Early development of the cartridge resulted in changing the original .30-03 to the .30-06—surprise! The change happened about 1906. The cartridge is very accurate in the proper rifle and responds well to a careful handloader. The problem is that many of us do not handload, but need an accurate practice loading.
Those firing the classic Springfield bolt action rifle or Garand semi-automatic need a loading that is readily available, accurate, and affordable. That loading is available from Fiocchi. Fiocchi has a modern plant in Ozark Missouri where it manufactures some of the finest ammunition in the world. They make good, quality, hunting-grade ammunition with modern expanding bullets that will serve well for North American game.
I own several vintage rifles, including a very nice 1932 Springfield 1903 and a late model M1 Garand. A good supply of reliable ammunition is important. I keep in stock, in the ammo larder, the Fiocchi 150-grain FMJ loading. I use this load to test the occasional bolt-action rifle in .30-06 for accuracy, and also to test the M1 Garand for function. If a rifle does not function with this load, then something is wrong with the firearm. The Fiocchi 150-grain FMJ loading breaks at 2,700 to 2,750 fps from most rifles.
While the loading uses an economical full metal jacketed bullet, the loads are put up with the same care as hunting loads using more expensive ammunition. I have test fired the loading in a modern Savage Axis rifle. This rifle features the Bushnell Dusk and Dawn scope and a smooth action as well as a nice trigger. Firing the Fiocchi 150-grain FMJ loading from a solid bench rest at 100 yards, the loading exhibited a three-shot group of .95 inch. This is good enough for practice.
Firing the loading in the Springfield 1903, the FMJ load fed smoothly with no trace of hesitation. 100-yard groups with the iron-sighted rifle were about 2 MOA. When I break out a Garand, I fire it a lot. This is a fun rifle that is accurate, hard hitting, and reliable. I seldom fire it for groups but fire at targets at known and unknown distances. The Fiocchi load is reliable, easy feeding, and accurate. This is a stand out load with many good qualities that is well worth the price.
Do you own a .30-06 rifle? Have you ever shot Fiocchi .30-06 Springfield ammunition? What was your experience? Share your answers in the comment section.
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