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#7121975 - 03/24/18 08:41 PM 30-30 for hunting
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Who uses a 30-30 for hunting? What game and favorite load.
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#7122068 - 03/24/18 10:48 PM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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I do on occasion. Deer, hog, axis. 160gr FTX.

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#7122071 - 03/24/18 10:57 PM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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Registered: 09/24/04
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Loc: North Texas
I do sometimes. WT deer and javelina. 160 gr Leverevolution load.

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#7122114 - 03/25/18 01:04 AM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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Hogs. Remington 150 grain Corelokt.

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#7122147 - 03/25/18 07:28 AM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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I consider my 30-30 to be my "brush gun", not because 30-30 bullets are better at cutting brush, but because it works great when hunting in brushy areas were shots might be 40 yard or less. Want some people call brush guns don't exist because ANY bullet is going to be negatively impacted if it hits anything between the shooter and intended target. I like the 30-30 for being easy to handle and carry in areas where a heavier and longer rifle becomes more difficult to maneuver.

While I've traditionally been a Core Lokt shooter, I recently switched to Federal Fusion because they seem to perform better at just about the same price. IMO, 150 grains of lead is plenty to sling at deer and hogs.
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#7122168 - 03/25/18 07:51 AM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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The reason I ask is where I'm going on a whitetail hunt is dense wooded areas. The 30-30 package with open sights seems a better choice in those conditions. Also I have a box of Speer 130gr hot-cor I'm working up a load with. I notice that ya'll are in the 150gr range, do you see any problem with the bullet selection? I'm using W748 powder.
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#7122170 - 03/25/18 07:55 AM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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Originally Posted By: BassCat'99
The reason I ask is where I'm going on a whitetail hunt is dense wooded areas. The 30-30 package with open sights seems a better choice in those conditions. Also I have a box of Speer 130gr hot-cor I'm working up a load with. I notice that ya'll are in the 150gr range, do you see any problem with the bullet selection? I'm using W748 powder.


I shoot 150 grain bullets only because they seem to be the smallest off-the-shelf loads you can most frequently find in the 30-30 caliber.

I also shoot an open-sighted 30-30 because at such close distances a scope just gets in the way. The last deer I shot with my 30-30 was just 15 yards away. The last feral hog was no more than 30.
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#7122235 - 03/25/18 09:23 AM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
I consider my 30-30 to be my "brush gun", not because 30-30 bullets are better at cutting brush, but because it works great when hunting in brushy areas were shots might be 40 yard or less.

Of course any bullet will/can be deflected and change course by hitting something before the target. I only have 1 experience shooting the 30-30 through brush and it was positive. Walking back to the house after an unsuccessful deer hunt I heard something in the thick under brush of East Texas. I took a knee and quickly realized it was hogs. It was so thick I couldn't tell which end was the head or the hind so I aimed for the center and fired. When I got in there, sow was hit dead center from about 20 yards. I consider it a good experience with what many call a "Brush gun". 2cents

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#7122247 - 03/25/18 09:39 AM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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I've used most 30-30 loads over the years. I haven't found one that will not work. Just find one your gun shoots well and you're going to be happy. Right now my favorite is a 165 gr cast over trailboss for a whopping 1400 fps. It works pretty well for pigs.

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#7122257 - 03/25/18 09:55 AM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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#7122274 - 03/25/18 10:10 AM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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Use mine occasionally for old times sake. Owned it for almost 50 years...corelokt, white tail and hogs.

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#7122394 - 03/25/18 12:37 PM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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Whitetails. Winchester 150 grain Power point.

Kills them completely dead.
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#7122400 - 03/25/18 12:48 PM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: PKnTX]
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Originally Posted By: PKnTX
Whitetails. Winchester 150 grain Power point.

Kills them completely dead.


Yes it does
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#7122407 - 03/25/18 12:53 PM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: BassCat'99]
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I have an inherited 94 in .30-30 that I have never hunted with (but I do hope to get around to it). I chose 170s because I tend to have a little more faith in a heavier bullet's ability to penetrate. How much difference there really is in the field? I wouldn't expect a hell of a lot of difference. It's only about a 5% difference in weight between a 150 and a 170.
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#7122426 - 03/25/18 01:18 PM Re: 30-30 for hunting [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
I consider my 30-30 to be my "brush gun", not because 30-30 bullets are better at cutting brush, but because it works great when hunting in brushy areas were shots might be 40 yard or less. Want some people call brush guns don't exist because ANY bullet is going to be negatively impacted if it hits anything between the shooter and intended target. I like the 30-30 for being easy to handle and carry in areas where a heavier and longer rifle becomes more difficult to maneuver.

While I've traditionally been a Core Lokt shooter, I recently switched to Federal Fusion because they seem to perform better at just about the same price. IMO, 150 grains of lead is plenty to sling at deer and hogs.
brush guns lol35
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