Does any one else usa a 30-30?

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RE: Does any one else usa a 30-30?

Postby bigwisconsinbucks » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:24 pm

I shot my first deer with a 30-30, but have since changed to a 30-06 for more power. The 30-30 is a great gun, but I prefer the ol 06.
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RE: Does any one else usa a 30-30?

Postby Everyday Hunter » Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:11 am

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I shot my first deer with a 30-30, but have since changed to a 30-06 for more power. The 30-30 is a great gun, but I prefer the ol 06.

I shot my LAST deer with a .30-30. (Usually I use a 7mm-08 in a Remington Model 7.) As old as I am (insert wrinkled smiley here with long white beard), it's surprising that I had never shot a deer with a .30-30 until this year. My younger brother passed away in Alaska back in March, and I now have the old Westernfield (Marlin 336 clone sold by Montgomery Ward) that he used to hunt deer with when he lived in PA.

My brother always wanted to play a part in me getting a bear, so I decided to use it on a bear hunt. I put a new scope on it, contacted Federal to get some advice on the best ammo for bear, and took it to Ontario back in August. (Federal recommended the 170 grain Fusion.) I didn't even see a bear, but decided that I'd hunt deer with it in PA during the firearms season.

On the second day I shot a small doe. It was late in the day and I was crossing the creek on my way home when the deer got up in some brush on the other side, about 70 yards away. I hit it broadside in the middle of the chest cavity, breaking two ribs. There was no exit wound, and I found that the bullet entered sideways (probably had hit some brush before getting to the deer), then angled back through the abdomen, broke the hip just below the ball joint on the off-side, and came to rest under the hide.

I recovered the bullet when I skinned the deer. It mushroomed very well and the 170 grain bullet still weighed 161 grains (if I recall correctly.) That's very good performance from a .30-30. I don't like loading and unloading it, and I'm not fond of pulling back the lever rather than just flipping a safety off, but I like carrying the gun and I think I'll try to buy it from my brother's wife. 

I made most of the deer into jerky and I'm eating some of it right now. [:D]

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RE: Does any one else usa a 30-30?

Postby passin through » Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:09 pm

We had an old Marlin 336 in 30-30 that belonged to my step grandmother.  Most of us kids and my step mom used it at one point or another.  I took my largest doe ever with it (and won a doe pot)  153lbs live weight.  Nothing at all wrong with the bullet or the gun.  I loved shooting it but when the time came to buy my first rifle---- the entire rest of the family were Remington bolt gun people so that's what I had to have to.  My wife dearly wants a savage? pump 30-30 that her uncle bought a couple years ago...I doubt she gets it though as he is a weird duck  (& I told him so[:)])  

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RE: Does any one else usa a 30-30?

Postby danesdad » Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:25 pm

I still have the model 94 I got 30 years ago.  While I mostly use a Remington 7600 (in 243 and .06) hunting these days, when I know I'll be walking a lot, I'll grab the Winchester.  It is a delight to carry in the woods.  I've taken more deer with that rifle, than any other I have.

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