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Old 10-30-2002, 09:37 AM
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I bought myself my first Winchester model 94 30-30 a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it. Here's my question (and forgive what may be a dumb question): I'm planning a special 40th birthday year hunt with my best hunting buddy next year and we are going to Canada (probably Saskachewan)to hunt Mulies, Blacktail, etc. I expect it to be a pretty tough trip, physically, and I sure would like to carry the 30-30 instead of my much heavier and longer Rem 700. Any thoughts on the viability of the 30-30 in longer-range situations..200 yards or so? I'm not too worried about the power, but I'm not sure it will shoot flat enough. Sure would hate to miss an opportunity at a trophy.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts/opinions.

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Old 10-30-2002, 09:57 AM
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LEave the 30-30 in the closet where it belongs and take a rifle capable of making longer range shots since that is what you are expecting. The 30-30 in a 94 is a 150 yard cartridge at best.
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Old 10-30-2002, 10:09 AM
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Frizz gave you good advice. Leave that 30-30 at home for the trip that you described, 150 yds. is the max. range on this round. It's designed to be a short range cartridge used in the thick brush and short distances, don't ruin your trip by using this rifle. What caliber is your Remington 700? It may be a little heavier but if it's in a decent cartridge then you'd be much better off taking this rifle.
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Old 10-30-2002, 10:14 AM
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Wolf--my 700 is a .30-06.
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:05 AM
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Leave the 30-30 at home!!!!!!!
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:30 AM
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Scrider1, first off you won't be hunting Mulies in Saskatchewan and we don't have blacktails. Mulies are for residents only and by draw. The only deer you can hunt here is whitetails. If you do hunt whitetails in Saskatchewan, I will bet your time will be spent in a blind or stand. You won't be toting all over the place, as outfitters have a area they must stick to, camps are in the forest or fringe areas only (exception indian reserves) so bush, you usually hunt funnels, meadows, and cut lines with rublines. The prefered method of hunting is stand/blind type hunting here. FYI, many at this point bait as well(but they are talking about banning baiting...so that may change). So if you decide on Sask. the 700 would be the wise choice. Some camps wil have their stands/blinds in the 100 range, but most like to be 200 to allow more movement and wind swirl...so again a gun that you would feel comfortable shooting 200-250 with ease would be the best choice.

3030 is best suited to shots of 200 or under. I know their are those who will disagree, but I have a 94 and would only want it for those 150 and under shots. Don't get me wrong, great little guns with a purpose and my opinion it is not for chucking them out in open areas 300 yards.

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Old 10-30-2002, 01:56 PM
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poor 30-30 always getting slammed

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Old 10-30-2002, 02:10 PM
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Remember when George Foreman made his "comeback" and just sort of kept hanging around even though there were so many more better fighters than him? He should have just retired and saved himself the embarassment, sort of like the 30-30 Win.
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Old 10-30-2002, 02:21 PM
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Propmahn it has it's place just not shooting across 200 yard wide hayfields. Leave it at home in this situation... You are also going to a new area and the conditions may not be what you imagined and there may be nothing but 300 yard shots where you go .
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Old 10-30-2002, 02:29 PM
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Skeeter...thanks for the info on Sask...we've only just begun to research our plans so I didnt know the info about Mulies being for residents only..thats a bummer. And I was just guessing on the Blacktails. We're really not interested in a canned hunt (over feeders, etc) to us, thats not hunting. Any advice you could give that would help us avoid such an outfitter would be appreciated. As far as the gun goes, I've learned that my 30-30 wont cut the mustard for the longer shots. Thanks for the input everyone.
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