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Old 02-09-2013, 01:18 PM
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Hi I'm new to the rifle game. I've always hunted with a muzzleloader or a slug gun. However I'm getting tired of it and want to change it up. I'm in the market for looking to buy a 30-30 for whitetail hunting but I'm having a lot of trouble deciding on one. I'm not looking to spend more then 700$ if anyone has any type of opinion and would like to offer suggestions I'd really appreciate it!
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:16 PM
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Take a look at the Marlin line.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:39 PM
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Agree. Marlin makes some real nice lever guns.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:10 PM
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Those old 'cowboy' guns are ok I suppose but very limited.

Consider a rifle that will take both varmints and deer.

A 243 will do that if you have chucks and if no chucks then a 243, 270 or 30-06 etc.

Good luck
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:47 PM
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Where are you hunting ? What's the conditions ? How long are your shots ? If you're hunting areas where your shots are less than 150yds. the 30/30 is a good option. I personally prefer the Marlin 336. You can a package gun such as Remington and Savage for quite a bit less than $700 in good deer calibers such as .243 ,270 , 7mm & .308.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:47 PM
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From your last it post sounds like a 30-30 will do the trick.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:28 PM
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A 30-30 is a very good choice and if You can use the newer shells I would reccomend the Hornady LeveRevolution cartridges/bullets to reach out further and touch those Deer!
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:34 PM
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go with marlin my wife and I both have one. she went with the stainless steel model,
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:48 PM
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I would suggest a bolt action and a caliber larger than a 30-30 in case you decide hunting something other than deer, like maybe elk or black bear.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:12 PM
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Proud owner of the Marlin 336C in .35 rem.

Great for the one gun deer hunter who might have the opportunity to hunt black bear as well.

....but.30-30 ammo is available everywhere.
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