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#6447381 - 09/11/16 10:18 AM Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range?
mason15 Offline
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Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 107
Loc: Harris County
Having problems sighting in my marlin 30-30 any ammo suggestions? What distance should i sight it in at?

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#6447386 - 09/11/16 10:20 AM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
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What kind of issues are you having?

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#6447400 - 09/11/16 10:32 AM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
mason15 Offline
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Registered: 11/26/12
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Loc: Harris County
what groups should i expect from a Marlin 30-30 at 100yds?

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#6447407 - 09/11/16 10:39 AM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
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With iron sights, it's dependent upon your eyesight and ability to use irons but I've heard of guys being able to keep three shots under three inches or better. With a scope I'd expect about an inch and a half. I recently surprised myself shooting my 94 with open sights at 50 yards...I managed a three-shot group of 0.9 inch. My eyesight is nothing to brag about anymore, either.
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#6447489 - 09/11/16 12:06 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
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Need more info. Factory irons? Peep sight? Scope? What size are your groups?
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#6447496 - 09/11/16 12:18 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
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I switched to LeverEvolution ammo in all my lever guns. Love that stuff.

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#6447535 - 09/11/16 12:46 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
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Edited by Brother in-law (09/11/16 12:47 PM)

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#6447556 - 09/11/16 12:55 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
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Groups and 30-30 typically don't go hand in hand. I could get mine to 2.5-3" which is pretty good. Had to play with different ammo and weights to get to that. That's with a scope at 100 yards. Open sights I'm not that good couldn't even get that at 50 yards open sights.

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#6447576 - 09/11/16 01:14 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
mudd Offline
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Registered: 10/21/09
Posts: 200
Loc: Shreveport, La
I never felt comfortable over 100yds. I mainly used mine for less then 75. My uncle has made many shots up to 150yds with his and killed many deer

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#6447670 - 09/11/16 02:38 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
maximum Offline
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Originally Posted By: mason15
what groups should i expect from a Marlin 30-30 at 100yds?

you can get 2 inches or less with the right
ammo if your gun and scope are right.
for some reason, folks seem to think a
30/30 makes a 90 degree turn into the
ground at the 100 yard mark. i wouldn't
feel handicapped if i only had my 1950
vintage marlin to use for my one and only.


Edited by maximum (09/11/16 02:38 PM)

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#6447712 - 09/11/16 03:10 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
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Registered: 07/22/07
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Loc: McKinney, TX
mason15, I have a Glenfield (Marlin) that the barrel was cut down to 16.25", have it topped with a Leupold VX-Hog scope. Sighted it in 2 weeks back using Federal 150gr softpoints, at 100yds. my final group size was 1.18". Next outing I'll have some 170gr. Remington and 160gr. Hornady, to try.

1) go to the Marlinowners.com site, lots of good information on there about tuning up your rifle.
2) most Marlins will like one weight of bullet better than another, and manufacture.

Does your rifle have barrel bands? Some like the barrel band screws just snugged up, other rifles like them tight.
If using a sandbag rest under the forearm make sure it is just in front of the receiver.

Try out several brands of ammo in different weights to find what your rifle likes, and check out Marlinowners, without more specifics on your rifle this is all I can offer up at the moment.

Do not get discouraged, as Marlins are more accurate than a lot of people think, they are not bench-rest quality, but can hold their own against most factory bolt rifles.

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#6447905 - 09/11/16 05:17 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
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Loc: San Angelo
2" groups and about 250 yard range.
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#6447932 - 09/11/16 05:30 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
7x57 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/15
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Loc: Laredo, TX
Buffalo bore makes some hot ammo that'll stretch about as far as a 30-30 can.

I use my .357 rossi 92 on deer/javelina out to around 75 yards, would imagine the 30-30 would get at least double that.

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#6448097 - 09/11/16 07:46 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: mason15]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
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My Marlin 336 will shoot 2 inch groups at 100 yards with iron sights and my Winchester Model 94 does even better.

I've also found that Hornady ammo outperforms Remington in both of my 30-30's.
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#6448145 - 09/11/16 08:18 PM Re: Marlin 30-30 accuracy and range? [Re: 7x57]
okstatefan Offline
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Registered: 01/26/13
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Loc: Forney, TX
Originally Posted By: TheWhiteMexican
Buffalo bore makes some hot ammo that'll stretch about as far as a 30-30 can.

I use my .357 rossi 92 on deer/javelina out to around 75 yards, would imagine the 30-30 would get at least double that.


On a lead sled solo, I can get about 1.5" groups with 158gr sjwc and 16.3gr H110 at 100yd. I get about 2" groups on 6.0gr of Titegroup. Since the groups are both close enough for kill shots, I generally only reload with Titegroup; being that the powder cost the same per pound and I get almost 3x the reloads.

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