Do people still deer hunt with 30/30s

JasonG

Active Member
#1
I have been thinking about picking up a Marlin 336 30/30. Anybody have any advice on this gun or the 30/30 round. Thanks Jason
 
#2
I know they are used alot back east in the close range timbered areas. Good round and readily available. Sometimes you can buy them in the gas stations:eek:!
 

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
#3
Jason,
A 30/30 is more than enough gun for close-in shooting at deer, especially in western Washington. If you are hunting in more open country where you might need to shoot 200+ yards I suggest something like a .243 or 6 mm. A .270 is another good choice. If you buy a 30/06 you can hunt anything, anywhere in the State including deer, bear, elk, and moose. IMO, the 30.06 is a great firearm for it's knock down power plus it's always easy to find a wide variety of ammo. If it's raining during your deer hunt you want to drop the animal in it's tracks so you don't risk losing it if it runs a ways away before dying. I've shot deer with .243, .270, and 30/06 at ranges out to 300 yards. Shot a moose with the 30/06 at 300 yards and antelope at 250 yards with the .270. They all dropped in their tracks. I think the 30/06 is the best big game rifle.

I don't know if this helps.

Good luck on the deer hunts.
 

Michael Thompson

the flavor of BADFISH
#5
they now make special soft tip 30/30 rounds that are said to double the accuracy, but thats kind of like lifting your corvette for rock crawling, and a dude that lifts his vet for rock crawling is dumb enough to screw his sister.:thumb:
:ray1:if your just going to be busting brush or strictly close up shots a 30/30 is fine, but your screwed when you spot that 5x5 in a clearing 300 yards away when your heading back to the truck (never fails). listen to karl and the powder monkey, 3006 is the best all around gun money can buy.
 
#6
I love the "Dirty 30".As sated great for the thick stuff and close quaters..Nothing beat a scopeless Winchester Mdl 94 with some 170 grainers..If it wasnt for magnum hype the 30/30 would be all anyone needed

 

colton rogers

wishin' i was fishin'
#7
the only problem with it would be your choice on manufacture! i dont know anyone who has had luck with marlin firearms. i like an 30-06 cuz of its knock down power and capability to shoot 300+ yards. but i know lots of guys that use 30/30's for deer in heavily wooded areas, and there fun target rifles as well :D
 
#8
earlier post hit it on the head...here in the east...30/30 is an old standby. Reliable...gets the job done. I don't know of too many places where you can take a 300 yard shot at a 5x5 out here.
 
#9
I had a 32 Marlin that I used when I was a kid in Southern Oregon.
I bought a 700 Remington in 30-06 and never used the 32 again.
I gave the 32 to my son and he kills a deer with it every year in Southern Oregon.
I have a buddy that likes his 30-30 model 94.
The morning he missed a nice buck at 200 yards and I shot it with the 30-06. He bought a 308 shortly after that.
30-30 is a damn good round and will do the job. I would not make shots over 100 yards but it's do able.
My dad had a 35 Marlin and it was a good gun also.
Marlin makes good guns, so does Remington. My .02
 
#10
My grandfather and uncle have had good luck with the Winchester Model 1894. With the topside ejection, you can't mount a scope (at least not easily), but with it's range, that may not be a problem for you. It's a great brush rifle, and seems to be more reliable than the Marlin.

Other issue is that they stopped mfg. them in the US a few years ago. You could look for a good used one.

I'm hunting with an old bolt action .30-30 this fall, here on the westside. I'll let you know how it goes in a couple of months...

Good luck
 
#11
Thousands of deer and elk are killed every year with long bows and I'm pretty sure a 30/30 can out perform a long bow. If you shoot it and learn it, their is no reason you can't harvest any deer or elk with it. Know your firearm and know it's limitations.
 

TC

I live with wind knots
#12
Weatherby 270. bar-none. but I'd also take a 30.06 any day. Grew up with both. No two finer guns out there.
 

SightCast6X

americanshotgunner.com
#13
Jason,

You sound like your new to hunting. There is nothing wrong with the 30/30. I'm sure more deer have been killed with that round than any other. All I can say is if that is your firearm in the field. Be proficent with it. Shoot a 100 rounds if its in your budget. Know your limitations about taking a shot, distance, terrain and whether the animal is quartering or broadside. Even in Eastern Washington my shots are under a 150 yards well within the range of a 30/30.
I carry one when I draw a doe tag and use it with open sights for a challenge. Makes taking a meat deer fun.
Take time to shoot and get used to the rifle and the 30/30 Marlin can do you well.

Also you might look at the budget priced Stevens and Mossberg ATR rifles in .270 or 30.06. They are really well priced and great shooters.

G
 

Rooselk

Flyfisher Wannabe
#14
The 30/30 will more than suffice for deer at short ranges. And the Marlin 336 is an excellent levergun that won't let you down.
 
#15
I watched my mother drop a 4 point Mule Deer running at 200 yards with one shot of her 30-30 Winchester. People that say they're good close gun's are right but they are good enough long guns as well!

I can hit anything I point at with my Model 94, and knock the crap out of it, they hit hard too :)