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30-30 for hunting

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


  1. indigent

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    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.
     

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  2. A_Swede_17_1911

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    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

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    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

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    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. vafish

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    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. Sharker

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  7. noway

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    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.
     
  8. wade farley

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    :) The 30-30 is just fine!:supergrin:
     
  9. Ak.Hiker

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    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.
     
  10. Kasinefect

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    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.
     
  11. Rustydude

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    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.
     
  12. Ak.Hiker

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    The Partiton would be a great choice if you want deep penetration.
     
  13. A_Swede_17_1911

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    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.