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#6925467 - 10/19/17 12:23 AM Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer?
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I usually take my 270 or 6.8 for deer season.

My uncle gave me a 1971 Marlin 30/30 with a old weaver scope. Very original, he only hunted once with it.

Most my shots are around 100 yards and closer. May 120 yards.

What do y'all recommend to put down a whitetail? , drop at 50 and 100 yards....

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#6925472 - 10/19/17 01:29 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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isn't the standard bullet a 150 gr?

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#6925584 - 10/19/17 07:34 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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150's or 170's JSP are the two most common. I load and shoot mainly 150's.
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#6925593 - 10/19/17 07:39 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Teal28]
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Originally Posted By: Teal28
150's or 170's JSP are the two most common. I load and shoot mainly 150's.


Yup. I've had extremely good luck with handloaded Remington core-lokt 150's.
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#6925656 - 10/19/17 08:21 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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It's hard to go wrong with these, if your rifle shoots them well:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/775263...nding-box-of-20
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#6925725 - 10/19/17 09:10 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Interestingly enough both of my 30.30's shoot everything well except for the Hornady leverevolution bullets and loads. I was pretty disappointed as I really like Hornady's flex tip bullets in my revolvers and have even loaded the 45's in my 1911.
For my 30.30 handloads though I prefer Speer hotcor 150 grains.
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#6925755 - 10/19/17 09:36 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
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Originally Posted By: oaktreeplanter
Interestingly enough both of my 30.30's shoot everything well except for the Hornady leverevolution bullets and loads. I was pretty disappointed as I really like Hornady's flex tip bullets in my revolvers and have even loaded the 45's in my 1911.
For my 30.30 handloads though I prefer Speer hotcor 150 grains.


You are not the only one. Hornady LE ammo accuracy in mine is sub par compared to corloks & Win PP

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#6925776 - 10/19/17 09:54 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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My Win '94 is in love with Winchester Power Point 150gr.

And they will kill a whitetail completely dead.
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#6925805 - 10/19/17 10:16 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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I like the 150 grain PPs too.
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#6925929 - 10/19/17 11:58 AM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: PKnTX]
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Originally Posted By: PKnTX
And they will kill a whitetail completely dead.

How can you be sure? Completely dead is much harder to determine, no?

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#6925947 - 10/19/17 12:11 PM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: oaktreeplanter
Interestingly enough both of my 30.30's shoot everything well except for the Hornady leverevolution bullets and loads. I was pretty disappointed as I really like Hornady's flex tip bullets in my revolvers and have even loaded the 45's in my 1911.
For my 30.30 handloads though I prefer Speer hotcor 150 grains.


You are not the only one. Hornady LE ammo accuracy in mine is sub par compared to corloks & Win PP


Mine as well. Don't know why but they wouldn't group worth a darn. Switch over to Federal blue box or Winchester PP in 170 grain, and the groups tighten right up.

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#6925958 - 10/19/17 12:15 PM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: garyrapp55]
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Originally Posted By: garyrapp55
Originally Posted By: PKnTX
And they will kill a whitetail completely dead.

How can you be sure? Completely dead is much harder to determine, no?


In my experience " completely dead" is the easiest dead to determine.
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#6926013 - 10/19/17 12:56 PM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: PKnTX]
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Originally Posted By: PKnTX
Originally Posted By: garyrapp55
Originally Posted By: PKnTX
And they will kill a whitetail completely dead.

How can you be sure? Completely dead is much harder to determine, no?


In my experience " completely dead" is the easiest dead to determine.


I Second

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#6926041 - 10/19/17 01:23 PM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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go to walmart or academy or your lgs and find some
remington or winchester or federal plain ol' 150
or 170 grain ammo, whatever shoots best out of the
gun. you don't need any special ammo out of a 30/30
to make clean one-shot kills.
and no, it won't turn down into the ground at 100 yards
despite what the gun writers have been saying for decades.
a properly zeroed 30/30 is adequate for deer for every place
i've ever hunted in Texas. you shouldn't feel undergunned
at all if you can hit the pump house. it's got plenty of soup
to poke a hole

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#6926095 - 10/19/17 02:13 PM Re: Marlin 30/30 ammo for deer? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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The reason the Hornady Leverevolution and Superformance ammo doesn't shoot as good is because they are using a very slow burning powder and using a lot of it to get the speeds higher than normal. They run faster, but at the cost of taking the round out of the sweet spot. When working up a load, you can go aggressive with a slow burn rate powder to get the speeds up, but the sweet spot for accuracy has a much smaller accuracy node. If you keep everything the same but go to an adequate burn rate powder (or normal burn rate powder for the cartridge and bullet weight), the sweet spot is easier and much bigger to find. Anytime I can not get a round to shoot well with a slower burning powder, I will switch to a faster burning powder for a larger sweet spot.

This is the same idea why some ammo runs slower, but shoots good in MANY rifles. A faster burn rate powder is used for a larger sweet spot and speeds are slightly reduced some.
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