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Hunting with a 30/30 Winchester

Old 04-10-2014, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by UncleNorby
I read on the internet that the 30/30 will no longer kill deer...........
It won't.......

Guns don't kill deer. People kill deer.

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Old 04-13-2014, 12:34 PM
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Its more than enough gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I let my old timer friend hunt my property and was worried about putting him where I did. There was a deep ravine running down to the creek bottom and all I could think about was him shooting a buck and having it run down in there and my whole day would be spent getting the deer out. He used a model 94win 30-30 with 170 gr bullets. He took off the back sight and put on a long eye relief pistol scope with a post rectilcle and the scope didn't gather that much daylight in low light but it was a real shooter for the woods. He hunted back on my ridge for 7 yrs and killed 6 bucks and not ONE of them went more than 30 yds. I was a real believer. He passed away a few yrs ago but I always will remember he when the 30-30 comes up.
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by redgreen
A 30 30 is more than adequate for your intended purposes. Keep shots 200 yards or less and it will not fail to do its job, providing you do yours.
Yep, Just be aware of your bullet drop past 100 yds. Typically store/factory ammo is zero drop at 100yds but starts dropping past that...just read your box to compensate for bullet drop.

My wife shot a buck last season at 110yds spine shot and it dropped. she had to take another shot to finish it off. but it was well within the kill range. 200yds I prob wouldnt take a shot with a 30-30....thats just me though.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:28 AM
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Using Winchester's Ballistic Calculator, if you use Winchester Supreme Ballistic Silvertip 150 gr., and sight it in 2.5" high at 100 yards (175 yard zero), you would have a 2.0" below zero at 200 yards. That would easily make it a whitetail kill zone rifle out to 200 yards.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:02 PM
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The only gun I regret selling is a Marlin 30-30. Wish I'd kept it.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:02 AM
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Trust me 30/30's are good guns VERY good for deer too i like the marlin 3030
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:22 AM
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Shot a lot of deer with my Winchester 30/30.Great rifle out to 100 yards,so I would have no problem heading out with it.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:20 PM
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Once and a while I take out my Savage '99 30-30. It is nice and light to walk around with, but in my experience you will have deer going farther than with something with more velocity. Two years ago I shot a medium sized doe broadside through both lungs and she skipped off (Not ran flat out) and made it about 100 yards. There was plenty of blood, but at about 50 yards I was starting to worry. 30-30 is O.K., but you may want to allow a little more tracking room depending where you are hunting.

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Old 05-06-2014, 05:27 AM
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I like the Winchester too
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:11 AM
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30-30 is absolutely fine for whitetails. When I was growing up in northern Wisconsin, most of us hunted with guns in that class. 30-30 was the most common. I had a slide-action .30 Remington (still do, but finding ammo for it is a pain), which was Remington's now nearly extinct answer to the 30-30. Several friends used .32 Specials. They all killed deer just fine.
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