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.