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Old 01-03-2005, 02:30 PM
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I believe i'm going to purchase a 30-30 winchester (Probally in a marlin). I'm hunting in Maine where there is a lot of bursh but there are a few clear areas. what is the effective range of the 30-30 for deer? i've herd 175-250 yards. But i think you guys will know. also is the 30-30 a humane choice for moose? shots under 100 yards.

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Old 01-03-2005, 02:42 PM
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what is the effective range of the 30-30 for deer? i've herd 175-250 yards. But i think you guys will know. also is the 30-30 a humane choice for moose? shots under 100 yards.

thanks for your help.
well shooting distances of rifles depends alot on how often you practice with the gun at that distance. If you practice taking 200 yrd shots with your 30-30 and feel you can put a KILLING shot in the vitals go ahead. But practice practice practice!! As far as the moose thing goes, i dunno Ive never shot a moose, but Im betting you could take one down if the right bullet is used. Bullet selection, is far more important then caliber size.
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Old 01-03-2005, 02:43 PM
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I think 150 yards would be pushing a 30-30's bullet?As to shoot a Moose?I don't think i would venture to try that!I'm not saying it can't kill one but it have to be a very well placed shot!
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Old 01-03-2005, 03:42 PM
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Buy it, shoot it so you get good with it, and you'll kill any deer that lives in Maine out to 150 yards.
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:03 PM
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eh id say about 150-200 yards, and mebe 150 or closer and a extremely well placed shot for moose. It'll get'er done!
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:07 PM
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For moose I would feel better using something else. For that matter I would feel better using something else on deer if shots will be over 100 yards.
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:17 PM
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150 yards for deer. I would not try Moose past 100 yards Max. The 170 grainer will take moose out to 100 yards. This I have seen done quite a few times. However the guy that I saw do it often was a crack shot and that 30-30 was the only rifle he ever owned so it got the call for everything in Canada.
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:34 PM
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Default RE: 30-30 winchester

If you're going to go with a 30-30, then a Marlin is the one to get. Good guns.
However, if you really expect shots on deer, etc. out to 175-250yds. then you should
look to another rifle/cartridge. The 30-30 is at its' best within 150yds. Suggest you look
to cartridges such as 270Win., 280Rem., 7mmRem.Mag., 308Win., 30-06, etc.
As for moose, yes, a 30-30 can do the job if the range is limited, and the shot placed
precisely, but there are better cartridges for moose, such as those noted.
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Old 01-03-2005, 07:13 PM
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30/30 is not for long distances for sure. I wouldn't shoot over 100 yards with it for deer, even though it is capable of 150 yard shots if you are a skilled shooter. As for moose, I wouldn't reccomend it even at close range, not saying it won't do the job, just saying I would use a caliber with a little more wallup to it.
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Old 01-03-2005, 08:31 PM
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i aint sayin nuttin that aint be said before, i love the 30 30, great deer gun, for the deer i use 150gr pmc starfire, but i hear the deer get big in maine so you might wanna go with a 170gr, i dunno about moose never even seen anything more than a track, all i know is the track was HUGE bigger than any cow track i;ve ever seen. i;ll say it can be done just get close aim good. and be picky with your shots. oh and i heard good things about the federal 170gr nosler partitions. keep those in mind.
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