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Do you use a scope on your 30-30?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by LarryD1130, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. LarryD1130

    LarryD1130

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    I recently got a 30-06 that I want to put some nice glass on (any suggestions?) and I was wondering what I should do with my 30-30. Right now it has this old scope on it that I was considering replacing. I like scopes on my rifle because it helps me make out the deer better and take better shots. Now I'm kind of considering taking the scope off of it and just use the iron sights. I will have to go to the range and see how I do with just the irons but knowing me I'll probably put another scope on it.
     
  2. bubba803

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    I used to have a scope on my Marlin 30-30. Now I just have a Lyman peep sight. Could never hit anything with the stock sights but I really like the Lyman. A scope along with Hornady LeverEvolution ammo can really extend the range of a 30-30. Last year I was shooting a 10 inch metal disc at 325 yards off a bench with the Hornady ammo and peep sight. Took 2 shots to get dialed in but after that, all shots were hitting metal. Switched to Winchester ammo and shot all over the place. I've thought about putting a scope back on but most of my shots while deer hunting are 200 yards or less. Whatever you do, I suggest using the Hornady ammo. That stuff is awesome!
     

  3. 4x fixed power scope on my Marlin .30-30. it was on the gun when my B.I.L gave it to me.
     
  4. K.Kiser

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    Anything over 75 yards and I'm using a scope, no reason not to... No need for a high end scope, and on My 30-30 I just use a Bushnell 3x9 that I had lying around... I don't use My 30-30 over about 150 yards so no big $$ on glass, anything past that and I use a little faster bolt rifle..
     
  5. Jonesee

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    Winchester Model 94. and, no, it has never had a scope on it.

    All my other rifles do though.
     
  6. mdhandyman

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    I got the Leupold VX-3 Riflescope 3.5-10x50 mm, on my 30-06

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  7. LarryD1130

    LarryD1130

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    That's a really nice gun. I think I'm going to get the VX-3 for my 30-06. The cheapest one I seen online was $460. I'm still not sure what to throw on the 30-30. I want something that is really good and I won't ever have to replace it and not break the bank. Three hundred at most. More like two hundred or lower.
     
  8. EL COLONEL

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    Used to have a leupold vx ll 3x9x40 on a marlin 30-30 Awsome !
     
  9. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

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    No, no, no, no, no, no, and no-no!

    It throws off the balance and portability. They are short-range woods guns.

    If you want to stretch your effective range by using a scope, put that scope on a rifle that will benefit most from it. Let's say a Ruger bolt-action in 308. Then you will have a brush gun 30-30 and a ridge-top 308.


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    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  10. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

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    Not me. God designed iron sights for .30-30 lever actions.

    I agree with bustedknee. Nononono!

    What a bunch of sissies.
     
  11. K.Kiser

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    That's just funny... A 30-30 has sufficient deer killing power to 150 yards or a little more... Go have a shoot contest at 150 yards with open sights against a scoped 30-30, or whether or not your bare eyest can pick a clean shot @ 100 yards through underbrush compared to 6x scope... And there's no such thing as a "brush gun" with any bullet weight resembling the size of a deer rifle cartridge, it's a wives tale... No deer rifle cartridge will retain a reliable flight path after hitting hardly anything...
     
  12. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

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    There is such thing as a brush gun!

    You are talking about a brush cartridge. Two totally different things.

    A brush gun is short, fast, with not too much recoil but with enough power to kill deer and black bears efficently at "brush" distances.
    A brush gun is easy to maneuver and fire offhand at running game at fairly close ranges.

    You are correct about the cartridge. There have been lots of tests and no bullet will plow through brush then continue on in a straight line.
     
  13. K.Kiser

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    10-4, I misread the intent of post...
     
  14. Jonesee

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    You can drive a nail by hitting with a wrench too. But it isn't the most appropriate tool for the job.

    If you re taking 150 yard shots, the 30-30 is not the optimal gun.

    My 30-30 has a purpose and an intended job. So does my 30-06. The 30-30 doesn't have a scope, all the others do.
     
  15. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

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    I don't on my Win 94, but my 1895 45-70 has a 2x7 variable on it.
     
  16. OJ

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    Count me in here - somehow a scope has just never looked quite right on my lever guns - for me, at least - I use Williams FP94/36 apertures on my 30-30 Winchester 94 rifles and remove the aperture to make it ghost ring (just hadn't done it yet on the Buffalo Bill one)

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    And a Williams FP71 on my 30-06 Winchester 95

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    And, the 95 produced these less than 1/2 MOA at 100 yards when I zeroed the sights five years ago - shooting with just a fist rest on the range table.

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    Works for me -

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  17. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    Nice target - my eyes are getting pretty bad. I have a target like the red/white and can't see the middle. Did you put that black circle (another target) over the red/white? Or did you buy the target as seen?

    I have no problem with someone putting a scope on a 30-30 - but I wouldn't do it on a classic lever gun. To each his own... If I were going to scope a 30-30 it would be a Savage bolt or a Remington 788 (my preference / also a bolt gun).
     
  18. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

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    Guns are made for shootin'.

    I'm happy to see someone else shooting their purty guns.

    I have a couple WWII Commemorative Colt 1911's that I shoot. They look better than the average 45 and maybe that is why I shoot them better than the average 45.
     
  19. NDCent

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    I had a couple years of letting early morning and late afternoon shots walk by when it was too dark for open sights. Yeah, I know your not suppose to be shooting before sunrise or after sunset. Anyway, with my eyes also getting worse with age I decided to throw on a 3X9 compact I had lying around worth more than the gun. I like being able to see and pick my shots better, gather light, and not to bulky. I can still use the iron sights too, but not as quickly as before. Overall I like it better with than I did without, although I did like it just fine most of the time without. If you mainly hunt from a tree stand I would go with a scope, if you walk and stalk I would go with open sights.