30-30 for trophy hunting?


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T.R.
March 8, 2006, 09:30 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/fallowwinchester.jpg

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http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/axis30-30.jpg

I guess it's true after all. 30-30 has what it takes to put meat on the table and trophies on the wall. Nice bucks but I'm not in any of these photos. Perhaps some day.

TR

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'Card
March 8, 2006, 10:28 PM
No big surprise here. This is just my personal opinion, but I'd be willing to bet decent money that if you could take a survey of every deer killed in North America in the last 8 decades or so, you'd find the .30-30 in the top three as far as the cartridge that did the killin'. I don't think it's ever been the dominant choice for deer hunters, but it's remained consistently popular while others (.35 Whelen, .30-06, .270, .45/70) have gone up and down over the years.

Spec ops Grunt
March 8, 2006, 10:36 PM
With the right load you can easily take elk, black bear, and maybe even moose if close enough.

Sistema1927
March 8, 2006, 10:43 PM
Nice.

Not just a "thutty-thutty", but a short barelled carbine to boot. Some gun writers would say that it can't be done.

Rpriestlyjr
March 8, 2006, 11:06 PM
You can kill anything with a rock if you get it pinned to a fence.
Show me a real deer that you can't buy in a grocery store.
:neener:

birddog
March 9, 2006, 08:12 AM
6 hours to track? I don't hunt with a .30-.30 anymore, but my first 20 or so deer were killed with one. The tracking consisted, for the most part, of walking from where I pulled the trigger to where the deer was piled up in a heap. These shots weren't all broadside. Many were neck shots, many quartering shots, anywhere from 15 to 150 yards. A 180 grain, 30 caliber bullet is a formidable hunting tool.

That said, I've since switched to the 30-06. ;)

Art Eatman
March 9, 2006, 03:18 PM
THECOHIBA, not everybody is as time-limited as you.

Further: If you truly know your rifle, and you do know the range to the trophy buck, there's no reason a skilled shot cannot kill a deer at 300 yards with the .30-30.

Your point is understandable, but it's irrelevant to the point of this thread: A skilled hunter who's competent with his lever-action .30-30 can indeed kill large, trophy bucks.

Art

cavman
March 9, 2006, 03:33 PM
Don't forget the Wunderbar Hornady rubber tipped .30-30 Lever Evolutions that are just coming out. They are purported to greatly increase the range of a .30-30

That'll save your walkin' shoes some.

FLORES425
March 11, 2006, 10:17 PM
A 30-30 was my first deer rifle when I was young and I killed a handful of game with it. When I had that gun it made me feel like I was in a western movie.Great gun but you have to practice your shot placement or you will be tracking that deer all day long.

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