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30.30

What do you think about the 30.30 for whitetails and what gun would you suggest for them

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Location: Nova Scotia
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The 30-30 is an excellent caliber as long as you keep within its limits(around 150yds). The winchesters and marlins lever-actions are the most popular. If you are thinking of a scope you may want to look at the angle eject rifles. I personally feel the open sights on this rifle is the way to go.

Location: Arkansas City, Kansas
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Been many a deer shot with that ole cartridge. Thumbs up

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Location: Middle Tennessee
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30-30 is an excellent caliber for deer out to 150 yds. Any farther I go with a 7mm or 30-06.

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A 30.30 is perfect where I hunt here in Ky. I never really shoot a deer over 50 yards and they usually never run further than 10-15 yards. Accuracy is the key though with any gun.

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Location: Oklahoma
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I like a 30-30 for walking canyons and through woods. However I don't like it for shooting over 150 yds it just isn't as accurate as my 270. But I imagine its perfect for some hunting areas like ky hunter said. Not much use for a long gun most of the time there, I would imagine.

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Location: Utah
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The 30-30 is very underrated and when first introduced, was viewed as a powerful round compared to other cartridges.

It can still get the job done under 200 yards and is still one of the top selling deer rifles on the market. More modern carttridges might overshadow the 30-30, but that doesn't make it less effective.

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Location: Illinois
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Check out the Hornady website. I believe it is http://www.hornady.com
They have some new rounds out for the old lever guns that are supposed to really extend the range of the round. I just found them yesterday and watched the promo video-it sounds like a great round. They are calling it the Flex Tip round and are claiming that it will reach out to 300 yards with a flatter trajectory and greater velocity/energy. I personally can't wait to try them. They are also making the new round for the .45-70 which is supposed to be out in the spring of '06. Think

I personally have never taken a deer with a 30-30 due to IL not allowing rifle hunting for deer. However my step-dad has hunted with a 30-30 ( the Widowmaker) for most of his life and swears by them for TX deer. He even gave me a Marlin 336 for Christmas last year so I could come to "the Great State" and deer hunt.

Good luck!

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Location: Nova Scotia
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That looks like interesting ammo. I have reloaded spitzers in a bolt action 30-30 and the results are great.

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I love the 30-30. Really great round, and fun for target shooting, too.

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While I have never hunted with a .30-30, I've seen them in use and they are indeed effective woods cartridges when combined with a handy lever action rifle. I prefer the Marlins because they're so easy to mount a scope on them. I've owned two Marlins in .35 Remington that were capable of three-round, one inch groups across the 100-yard bench. The .30-30 chambering should be equally effective in the Marlin. The .30-30 is an easy round to shoot and seems tailor-made for whitetails.