I think there are a LOT of cartridges better than the .30-06 for certain various purposes. I'm just not sure there are very many cartridges better than the .30-06 for nearly all purposes in North America. I think the cartridge is mundane, pedestrian, and unexciting. I have avoided it all my life for calibers of more intrique. Tell me what caliber for general big game hunting in North America you believe is a better choice, and why. I'll reveal my choice late in discussion. It may surprise some.