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30-30 for hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by indigent, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. indigent

    indigent Bamboozled

    Jul 2, 2005
    Here's a little background for my question. My father in law and I hunt at family land near his home, about 4 hours from mine. Another officer that I work has asked me to come and hunt w/ him as a way to say thanks for me helping him "acquire" a feeder and timer. I store all my gear(rifle, ammo, etc) at my inlaws house, no sense lugging it 4 hrs when I can just keep it there.

    My buddy has offered to let me use his lever action 30-30 to hunt w/. I have a scope/rings to put on it. The area where my buddy hunt's the shots are no longer than about 100-125 yards.

    My questions are:

    How are those ranges in regards to the 30-30?

    Is a scoped .30-.30 an effective round/rifle for deer in Tx?

    Anyone have any preferred/favorite factory loads?

    Thanks for your help guys.
  2. Yes the 30-30 would be ideal. It will kill as well as anything else you could use. If you want something that would give you a little more range get some of the Hornady Lever Evolution. Or just go buy any 150-170 grain load from either Federal, Winchester, or Remington. I dont think you can buy a bad load for the 30-30.

    The 30-30 is what I plan on using this year in Tx for deer if I ever get the chance to go hunt.

    Depending on the area I plan to use 170 grain if its going to be under 200yds, or the Hornady Lever Evolution if its had the possiblity of being longer.

  3. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY
    I would venture to say more deer have fallen to the 30-30 than any other cartridge. I have a Savage 340B bolt-action 30-30 and a Win 94 that I will be using this year, iron sights for both. The Savage likes the 170gr Remington load, while my 94 likes the 150gr Federal.

    Happy hunting. :thumbsup:
  4. punkture


    Nov 24, 2003
    for 100 yard shots, the 30-30 is ideal. i use 150 gr remmy core-lokt soft points. many deer have fallen to the fury of the marlin 336.
  5. 1. Sounds like perfect country for a .30-30.

    2. Don't know about Texas, Have only deer hunted in Minnesota and Virginia, but the .30-30 works just fine there, no reason it shouldn't work in Texas. (yeah I know everything is bigger in Texas, but your deer really aren't)

    3. Any of the 150-170 gr factory stuff works fine.
  6. ditto with vafish and punkture have stated. A deer will have a big time over coming a 150-170 FP bullet from a 30-30 in those ranges.
  7. wade farley

    wade farley Sonic 357 sig

    Oct 29, 2002
    kent, Wa.
    :) The 30-30 is just fine!:supergrin:
  8. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    I would be tempted to try the new Hornady 160 grain load. It is pretty close to the old 300 Savage. I bet it would do a great job on Deer.
  9. I've a couple of "beater" Marlin 30-30 Model 336's for my son and his buddy to hunt deer here in Alabama. With proper shot placement, I expect good results.
  10. Rustydude


    Mar 7, 2006
    Daytona Fl.
    Change your 30-30 into a 22-250 by using remington's accelerator load, but i realy like a 170 grNosler partition,By Federal? very accurate.
  11. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    The Partiton would be a great choice if you want deep penetration.
  12. I really cant wait to get my 30-30 in to action this year I think i found a place that would be perfect for the 30-30. Right now im working on some handloads, I figure I might try a 130 Grain bullet, but dont know yet, looking at the Hornady Ammo as well. Trying to think of a good scope so far the K Series burris in a 2.5 fixed is sounding good to me.