Yes, people do hunt with the .30-30. And they put meat on the table. Here's how: They put a box or two through their gun before the season so they know where it shoots at different ranges. They get close. They learn how to hunt, how to make a clean kill. If blazing cross canyon is your game, this ain't your gun. No, it's not as versatile as higher powered rounds, but for deer sized game, it's plenty. And my Marlin is likely older than you, has put lots of meals on the table, and still goes hunting.