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30-06 accelerator

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by vmfrantz, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. vmfrantz

    vmfrantz Member

    Sep 5, 2004
    lebanon pa
    I was thinking of getting a 30-06. I was woundering if you can use the accelerator round for varmint hunting?
  2. Jim K

    Jim K Elder

    Dec 31, 2002
    That is what they were made for.

    Note, though, that the accelerator round will probably not shoot to the same point of impact as whatever regular round you are using, and might not be as accurate. For example, my .30-'06 Remington 700 was and is sighted dead on at 100 yds with 150 grain bullets. But accelerators shot about 8 inches high and 3 inches to the left with a 2" group. I chose to forget them rather than resight the rifle, but then I have a .22-250 for varmint use that is a lot more accurate than the accelerators.

    At the time they came out, there was talk of sabots being made available for reloaders, and a few companies made them, but I have not seen any for a while. The problem is that to provide the necessary resistance for proper burning of the powder, the factory sabots are heat sealed into the cases, something a reloader is not set up to do (and which could be highly dangerous to try).

    For the "one gun" hunter, they do give a degree of flexibility to a "deer rifle" that is not available otherwise even with light bullets.

  3. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

    Sylvilagus Aquaticus Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Dallas, Texas
    Yep, the Accelerators are splendid for varmint shooting. I've used them on coyotes with splendid terminal results.

    Oh, BTW, I did some 'research' with them many years ago. The 30-06 models will penetrate steel plate like a high speed drill. There's an abandoned oil storage tank out at the farm- about 20 feet across; went through both sides at a distance of maybe 100 yards.

    Amazing what they can do.

  4. Chuck Dye

    Chuck Dye Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Oregon-The wet side.
    My two .30-06s both did very well with the Remington Accelerator™ when I tried them. Both rifles run ¾-1 inch with their favorite loads (Federal High Energy 180 grain Partition and Hornady Light Magnum), both opened up to 1-1¼ inch with the Accelerator™. Check out E. Arthur Brown Co. Inc. as one source of the sabots. Brown also provides a link to reloading data.

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