Do people still deer hunt with 30/30s

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  1. Guy Gregory

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    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.
     
  2. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Thank you, that's what I was going to say as well (and Bullwhacker said it right too). Knowing your gun is the key, and putting ROUNDS through it helps to zero that thing in. Like the guys who bowhunt, but NEVER shoot their bow except the day of the hunt.

    I've never had a problem with a marlin 30 30. But I shot an older one. Only thing I didn't like about the Marlin was it's a bit bulkier for a saddle gun. I like the Winchesters for that. But haven't pack hunted in awhile.

    I agree COMPLETELY about the 270 or the 30 06. Have 30 06 in both L and R handed (I shoot ambidextrous) and looking to buy another 270 since my son wants to hunt (the 270 I learned to hunt with was sold out from under me a LONG time ago, wish I could've bought it). But the 30 30 is a great round. Personally, I don't like long distance shots, though I can make them and practice them. I like taking my shots in the 100 yard range.
     
  3. jcnewbie

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    Right on, Jerry.

    Was watching a cable Outdoors hunting show the other day where the guide and his “Butter-Bean” client were in semi-arid mountainous open country glassing for elk across a deep draw/ravine when they spotted a small herd of elk across the ravine. The guide is using a spotting scope and the client is using his rifle scope and the guide says to the client, “That’s a nice bull right there in the middle!”
    The client says, “Where?”
    “Right there in the middle of all them other ones, says the guide.”
    “Middle of where, what other ones” says the client.
    “About halfway up the side of that draw way over there just to the left of that clump of trees, see ‘im?
    Uhhh, no…., where are ya lookin’?
    “See that clump uh trees ‘bout halfway up the other side of that draw? Just to the left of them trees and down a bit.”
    The client lifts his head up from the scope, peers over the top, then around the side of the scope then lowers his head to the scope again, shifts the rifle around on the pack it’s resting on and says, “Ohhh, got ‘em!” “How fur do ya figure that is?” The guide takes out his Laser Rangefinder, aims it at the other side of the ravine and says, “”Bout 562 yards I reckon.”
    “Should I shoot, says the client, that’s pretty far.”
    Guide says, “Well, you wanted a big bull Elk, there he is, take ‘im or leave ‘im!”
    The client shifts around some more and settles in behind the scope.
    Minutes pass as the video zooms in on the elk quietly grazing, looking up every now ‘n then to check on the girls grazing around him, completely unaware that “Dead-eye Dick” has ‘im in his sights!. Video zooms back out to show the client and guide and the hillside which is very, very far away. So far that with the camera zoomed out like that you cannot see the damned elk with the naked (camera) eye.
    Guide says, “If you wan ‘im ya better shoot soon cuz he’s gonna be headin’ fer that clump of trees soon.” Camera zooms back in as the bull takes a couple of steps towards the trees, stops, looks around and takes a few more mouthfuls of grass and…..BOOM!....a big cloud of dust over the top of the bull and into the dirt behind him. Hard to tell from the camera angle but looks to be about 2-3 feet high. Client says, “Did I hit ‘im?” The bull just flinched a little, looked around very alert now but not yet panicked.
    Guide says, “Close, but just a little high.”
    Client says, “Thot I hit ‘im?”
    Guide, “Nope, little high.”
    BOOM!!…..a splat of rock shrapnel and dirt kicks up under the bulls belly. He hunches up like a gut shot animal will do and in two sproings is into the trees.
    Guide says, “Good shot….little low,” with a big grin on his face as he leans over towards the shooter to give ‘em a high-five. The camera zooms back in to show the cow elk just sort of milling around in confusion. Suddenly the camera shifts to the clump of trees and the bull pokes his head out, looks left and right and cautiously steps into the open towards his girls who seem to settle down when they see him.
    Guide says, “Quick, there he is again…take ‘im now!” No!.... wait till he stops, he’s still walking!”
    BOOM!!…..another splat of stone and dirt, this time behind the bull who acts like he just got slammed in the ass with the shrapnel and lunges forward, stops and looks behind him as if to say, “What the fuck was that?”
    Camera zooms back out to show the shooter as he’s frantically trying to get another round into the chamber, fumbling with the bolt, as the guide says, “Good shot, quick shoot again, he’s stopped!”
    BOOM!!....Over the top of the bull again, splatting into the dirt and rocks scattering shrapnel into a couple of the girls who figure, “Enough of this shit, whatever it is, were outta here,” as they take off down the hill soon followed by the rest of the ladies and finally, somewhat reluctantly it seemed, by the bull who just sorta meandered along behind them, swinging his massive antlers from side to side and his chin held high….sort of a “strut” if you will, as if to say, “Mister, you are clearly an inferior idiot, a lousy shot from waaay to far away and I’ve given you all the opportunities you’re gonna get, fuck you dumb shit.”
    The camera zooms back out to show the guide grinning from ear to ear, exclaiming and high-fiving to the client, “Good shot, good shot, really, really close that time, not to worry, we’ll get ‘em next time!”
    “Butter Bean” rolls over onto his back exposing his massive girth and grinning from ear to ear, exclaiming, “I’m pretty sure I hit ‘im that last one, as he high-fives the guide!!!”

    By now I’m so disgusted and pissed off at the thought of someone actually having the balls to film and publish this kind of crap on a cable television “Hunting show” that I was ready to puke! I switched channels but stewed about it for hours if not days, afterwards! (still stewing about it!)

    I know shooting & hunting stuff like this happens in “real life” all the time….but to air this kind of stupidity on television, well, it takes some major “brass balls” for sure!!

    If I ever see an idiot like that in real life I’ll shoot the sorry S.O.B. myself…jeeeezuz!

    Rant over…bye!:beathead:

    Jc:beer2:
     
  4. Blake Harmon

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    This will be my first season of hunting deer and im using a 30/30, I love the caliber and being left handed it offers me the advantage of not having a bolt in my face.
     
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    The 30/30 is a fantastic weapon and will serve you extremely well for many many years.
     
  6. Blake Harmon

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    So I went out for my first day of deer hunting. and at 8 am, shot my first buck! nice whitetail... and with my 30/30, he ran maybe 15 yards before dropping. I love the 30/30 I personally feel it is the perfect deer caliber. I hunted Iron sites as well. which worked out alright because the buck was 50 yards away. maybe.
    It was awesome
     
  7. Split Bamboo

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    Very cool, congrats!
     
  8. Guy Gregory

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    congratulations on a safe, ethical, and successful hunt. You'll savor every bite.
     
  9. jcnewbie

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    Good gun....good job! Although outclassed ballistically by many modern calibers, the 30-30 is a great gun....my first three deer were taken with a 30-30....and that was about 55 years ago. Good to know it still works! :thumb:

    What brand did you get, Winchester or Marlin?

    Jc
     
  10. Gary C. Brown

    Gary C. Brown Les Paul Lover

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    I will be using one next weekend on the late hunt. It is a second generation Model 94 that was my Dad's, he purchased it in 1968 and this was his first buck with it in 1969, I was 11 or 12 in the picture. Still shoots the lights out at 100+ yards.