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Old 11-25-2019, 09:26 AM
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Anyone out there still using a 30-30 lever action for whitetail hunting?
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.35 Lever action is my preference.
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Originally Posted by Rferrell View Post
.35 Lever action is my preference.
Find ammo pretty easily?
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There's really nothing wrong with the round inside of 200 yds. I think the only guys ever went to higher velocity rounds like 243, 308, 30-06, etc is for the range.
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That's an easy cal. on the shoulder that's for sure.
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I want one so bad...saving up now.
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My son uses mine. It was originally my grandfather's.
For Michigan rarely a shot over 100 yard.
At the range he can hit a clay pigeon set up as a target at 100 yds every time with a 2x power scope. side mounted
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
There's really nothing wrong with the round inside of 200 yds. I think the only guys ever went to higher velocity rounds like 243, 308, 30-06, etc is for the range.
I can tell you what's wrong with the 30-30...


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Originally Posted by commuter boats View Post
I can tell you what's wrong with the 30-30...


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Fortunately nothing that ominous in South Louisiana
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I have a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem (which I load myself).
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I still have my father's it was the first rifle he bought when he was a teen. But it's pretty much a gun case queen. I hunt with a Marlin 444 now. The reason was I was planning on doing some black bear hunting yrs ago because Vt gives both sets of tags for the deer license and I wanted something a little heavier. The bear hunting didn't really pan out but I kept the rifle.
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Originally Posted by KeithS View Post
I still have my father's it was the first rifle he bought when he was a teen. But it's pretty much a gun case queen. I hunt with a Marlin 444 now. The reason was I was planning on doing some black bear hunting yrs ago because Vt gives both sets of tags for the deer license and I wanted something a little heavier. The bear hunting didn't really pan out but I kept the rifle.
I really like large slow-moving bullets for deer hunting, I've killed a lot of deer with high velocity rounds but for the last 15 years or so I've been shooting the biggest and slowest rounds that I can get for a 375 H&H and I like the way the deer just tips over and the minimal damage done around the hole.
And I worry less about those big brown things... I 'm willing to be much more tolerant of them.
I'll avoid talking about the thousands of grizzlies that it been killed with a 30-30 because it doesn't fit my objection...
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I have a friend who deer hunts exclusively with a 30-30 with iron sights. He has become very adept at snap shooting with that rifle. He can see, aim and fire accurately in about three seconds which can be a real advantage when hunting in the woods and heavy brush. Not so easily done (at least by me) with bigger and/or scoped guns.
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Originally Posted by commuter boats View Post
I can tell you what's wrong with the 30-30...
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Might as well cross 308 and 243 off the list as well.

You're a little off the mark on this one. He's asking about deer. Not bear.

30-07, 7mm, 300WM for bear. Along with traditional calibers like 45-70.
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Originally Posted by commuter boats View Post
I really like large slow-moving bullets for deer hunting, I've killed a lot of deer with high velocity rounds but for the last 15 years or so I've been shooting the biggest and slowest rounds that I can get for a 375 H&H and I like the way the deer just tips over and the minimal damage done around the hole.
And I worry less about those big brown things... I 'm willing to be much more tolerant of them.
I'll avoid talking about the thousands of grizzlies that it been killed with a 30-30 because it doesn't fit my objection...
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Absolutely agree! Been saying this for years.

Went hunting with my 35 year old Winchester 30/30 on Friday. I've shot exactly 1 deer that didn't either drop in its tracks or within just a few feet.

My belief is that within 100 yards, the 30/30 has more "killing" power than a similar sized round going much faster. Because the bullet isn't going as fast, it has more time to expand after impact and the animal ultimately absorbs more energy from the round.

Years ago I noticed the difference between animals that I shot and the ones that my friends shot with their .270's, 7MM, etc. in terms of the entry/exit hole. The deer I shot had entry holes about the size of a dime, but exit holes at least as big as a quarter, while the faster rounds produced exit holes that were almost identical to the entry holes.


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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Might as well cross 308 and 243 off the list as well.

You're a little off the mark on this one. He's asking about deer. Not bear.

30-07, 7mm, 300WM for bear. Along with traditional calibers like 45-70.
all too often while out looking for a deer you find a bear or, right after you shoot a deer a bear shows up,
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Anything less than .500 Nitro Express is child's play


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My favorite gun in the woods or pretty well anywhere I am hunting without a good rifle rest. I have a pair of 336's, both pre-safety. One has a pistol grip, and the other is a straight stock. Prefer shooting the pistol grip variant, topped with a peep site from Skinner Sites. To me it's about like plinking with a .22 in the yard. Not sub MOA accurate, but completely pie plate accurate shooting off hand out to reasonable distances.
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I don't, but my FIL uses his old 30-30 Marlin lever on deer and hogs in the woods. He's got an old scope on it and he never misses. OK- once he missed.
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I was given one as a college graduation present 30 yrs ago. A Marlin 30-30. Have many other rifles, .270. .308, etc. For deer here in AL, nothing like a 30-30. Still have it, with the same $30 scope that is 30 yrs old. Great gun. When I gun hunt, it's the first one I pull out, every time.

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