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30-30 for trophy hunting?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by T.R., Mar 8, 2006.

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  1. T.R.

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    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.

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    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.
     
  3. Spec ops Grunt

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    With the right load you can easily take elk, black bear, and maybe even moose if close enough.
     
  4. Sistema1927

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    Nice.

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

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    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.
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  6. birddog

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    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. ;)
     
  7. Art Eatman

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    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
     
  8. cavman

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    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.
     
  9. FLORES425

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    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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