Cut N Run, I didn't take your comment wrong at all, but I have taken SEVERAL deer with the 30-30 and this is the first I've ever lost. After many days of searching and not finding anything, I did run into another hunter in the area that did take the deer I had shot. Apparently it was hit in the leg and low in the chest but it wasn't a mortal wound. After talking to that hunter, I did go back to the area that I had originally shot the deer and found a thumb sized branch with a nick taken out of it. The shot hit the branch and deflected low. That is still my fault for not noticing it. I take the blame 100% and I threw out the tag for that deer (my punishment to myself). Two weeks later in the same area, I took a large doe with the same 30-30 at just under 100 yards and she only went thirty yards at best. Sure there may be some guns out there with more knock down power but accuracy and a well placed bullet or broadhead are the key.
Goal: 1 shot= 1 kill