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a gun for the woods

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BP Hunter, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. BP Hunter

    BP Hunter Well-Known Member

    If you were to go in an area to scout for hunting deer and/or black bear, aside from carrying a sidearm, what of the following rifles would you bring - M1 carbine, Min1 14 in .223 or a MArlin 336 in 30-30? My area is SE Washington, lots of hills and maybe some woods. Deer, black bear, coyote and maybe an occasional cougar are seen.
  2. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    The .30-30, can't believe you asked. I know the .223 fans will start raving about the 75 gr bullet but no thanks, I'll take the .30-30.
  3. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Kind of seems the exact, perfect, precise scenario for which a lever-action .30-30 was designed.
  4. BP Hunter

    BP Hunter Well-Known Member

    You're right. It was silly to ask. That's why I like my Marlin so much. That's the only rifle I can comfortably shoot with open sights accurately up to 200 yards.
  5. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    Marlin in 30-30. If you shoot a black bear with a 30carbine round, you will just tick it off. A 223 will also tick it off, but be bloodier. You might want to consider an SKS, which uses a round similar to the 30-30, but it is semiautomatic.
  6. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    .30-30 without question. Have three of them but typically opt for a .44Mag instead. Hard to even find a place around here where you can see much more than 100yds in the woods. The .44 is more pleasant to shoot and one load takes care of rifle and sixgun.
  7. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    Like others, I would not hesitate to bring that 336 along.
  8. BemidjiDweller

    BemidjiDweller Well-Known Member

    Edit: The 30-30 for sure.
  9. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

  10. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    You took the works right out of my mouth! lol

  11. PapaG

    PapaG Well-Known Member

    I'd feel quite well armed with my 336 30-30. My 94 Win from the sixties in 44 mag would be a little handier and lighter.
  12. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Well-Known Member

    When I hear "woods" and "gun" in the same sentence, I think a lever gun.
  13. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    From the ones you indicated, .30-30 without a doubt.


    The .44 would be good as well as mentioned by another poster.

  14. seasmoke

    seasmoke Well-Known Member

    30-30 for all.. except the cougar.. A bottle of white wine, perhaps some smokes...
  15. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    .444 should do it
  16. Dmitri Popov

    Dmitri Popov Well-Known Member

    I'd carry the lightest one possible. Just saying.
  17. Don357

    Don357 Well-Known Member

    Just to be different...... Ruger Mini-30, 7.62x39, but US built, or a .30-30 ;):neener:
  18. FlyinBryan

    FlyinBryan Well-Known Member

    45-90 sharps
  19. blindhari

    blindhari Well-Known Member

    Take the 30-30 and pick up two boxes of Hornady Leverevolution ammo. Sight it in at 100yds, shoot out to 200, yds easy.

  20. tahoe2

    tahoe2 Well-Known Member

    .30-30 ! Washington law requires .24 caliber or larger for big game, with cougar being the exception, .22 centerfire or bigger!( .22 hornet, .223, 22-250, .222 mag etc..)
    Carbine would be a little light IMO

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