I have always loved the 30-06. I own several Garands, Springfields and Enfields. I used to do some NRA High Power and Service Rifle shooting but as of recent, I really have gotten bit shooting F Class Open matches. I have had a custom 30-06 built and I did so using all the knowledge that German Salazar brought to the table. My first rifle that I had custom was a regular Remington 700 LA and I had the 29" 1:11 twist heavey palma barrel put on it. The reamer used of course was the PT&G Serengeti. I shot the hell out this rifle, really learned on my own what works and what doesnt work with the 30-06 for competition. So, about a year ago, I had a custom rifle made buy a rifle-smith that does excellent work. The rifle is built upon a Kelbley's Atlas Tactical receiver, this barrel is a Proof Research 26" 1:10 twist M24 contour (same PT&G reamer used), sitting in an XLR Element chassis. There is a Triggertech trigger installed and is set for 1.5 lbs. I have a mercury filled recoil reducer installed in the buffer tube of the chassis and this tames recoil a lot. Overall,the rifle comes in just shy over 19lbs. I love the look on peoples faces when I shoot competitions and they ask me what caliber I am shooting. I get looks like I have three eyes when I tell them the rifle is a 30-06. My primary goto load for this rifle has been shooting a 190 Berger VLD over 51.5 grains of IMR 4350, using Lapua cases and a Tula magnum primer. The bullet is jammed into the lands and I am pushing it out as 2585 fps. This is by no means the fastest velocity, but I have learned the hard way that faster many times doesn't give you precision. This velocity is like Cinderella and her glass slipper. I have shot very well with it at 300, 600 and 1000 yards. I can honestly tell you that I have set aside my .308 and all my other caliber rifles because I have been enthralled with the 30-06 caliber. It's one thing reading all of the posts, articles and threads German Salazar has put out in the past. However, the real deal is actually doing this on your own, learning about your own rifle's internal and external ballistics. I will continue to shoot the 30-06 for as long as I can. LOL...I actually shot my very first sniper match with it and for a newbie in that discipline, I cam in middle of the pack. Here are some pics of the rifle. I have named her The Black Bitch. She is mean and sexy and can reach out and touch things out to 1800 yrds. Pictured is the rifle itself, some recent midrange match scores and my son shooting her at a 1000 yrd F class match.