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Peterson Cartridge Co. of Pittsburgh, PA today announced the addition of .30-06 Springfield to its growing family of rifle casing calibers.
A while back we received a “complaint” where an older gentleman contacted us and asked, “Why do you make so many dumb calibers that no one ever heard of, instead of the Normal Common calibers?”
Here at Peterson Cartridge we do a good business in “competition” calibers like those used for Precision Rifle Series (PRS), Extreme Long Range (ELR), F-Class competitions, etc. Towards that end we make:
- 6 x 47 Lapua * 6 XC * 6 Creedmoor
- 6.5 x 47 Lapua * .284 Win * .300 Norma Mag
- 33 XC * .338 Norma * .375 EnABELR
- .375 CheyTac * .408 CheyTac
I think by, “dumb calibers no one ever heard of” he was referring to ones like these.
For the hunters though, we do make:
- .22 Creedmoor * .243 Win * .260 Rem
- 7mm-08 * .308 Win * 6.5 Creedmoor
And now we have added .30-06 Springfield.
Although, each and every one of our casings is made to match-grade specs. And even our .243, .260, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 we offer in a small rifle primer pocket size (SRP) for shooters who use these calibers in competition. But we also offer these with large rifle primer pockets (LRP) for hunters.
Of historical interest, the .30-06 Springfield was the nation’s first 1,000-yard competition caliber. But today it is more thought of as simply one of the most popular sporting cartridges in the world
Another driver behind us coming out with the .30-06 Sprg is we had a customer who makes .30-06 blanks – like they use at military funerals or in movies. To make casings that can be used to form “blank” rounds the necks need to be much longer than what is used for a normal round. So we make those now also.
But for any customers who wish we made more of the “Normal Common” calibers … here you go - .30-06 one of the most common calibers there is.