Geesh, gotta say, for some reason the 30-30 is somehow belittled by many and gets no respect.
Hey the good news is that that these rounds are NOT in short supply right now. Ok with me. My marlin 336SS loaded with cor-lok 150 bullets will stack up against anything...for hunting...personal (home ) defense...trip to the range....whatever.... I think it's a great Cal
"No Respect"!!!!!! Are you KIDDING? Not much by most of the gun press, that's true (well, they seem to give it lip-service, but only hunt with the 30WCF when they want to showboat) but just visit the 336 forum here. Most of 'em would trade their wife, Harley, retirement $$, eternal salvation, and a date with a 20 yr old nymphomaniac for another 30-30 in their gun cabinet! Man, they ARE devoted!
I don't know about a Harley, but I'm going after my 9th 30-30 tomorrow.
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+1 on that! Trigger job + it's favorite ammo and a steady rest you'll be able to hold your own very well against alot of bolt actions, maybe even turn a couple of them fellas on to a good hunting rifle, made to get up close and personal. Mr fixit
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Like I said....DEVOTED!
Stan, will you be missing your wife, then?
I wouldn't trade my wife or anything else. I'm greedy!! I would not sell any of my thirties, and I always have room for one more!! Or any lever action for that matter. Sold all my bolt guns, except my rimfires.
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Well the 30-30 certainly has my respect. In its hey-day it ruled. It has been a favorite cartridge with hunters and trappers of the far north. Also with cattlemen of the southwest ranches and ranges of Texas and Mexico. South of the Rio Grande it is called the trienta-trienta probably all the way to the tip of south america. I also hear it is admired by our close friends and brothers from down under.
There is no doubt that Eskimo and early 1900's sportsmen used it for the white, brown and black bears. Eastern hunters tabled many a meals from venison that was brought home by the cartridge.
For 105 years is has been refined by ammunition makers and reloaders to where it provides maximum power out of every grain powder that can be stuffed into its case. Hornady coming out with the LE should be proof enough that it is still being refined.
I am no expert but I can only think of possibly one other sporting cartridge that might have been chambered in as many barrels as the 30-30 and that might be the .22 rimfire. I'll bet my hat it has been chambered in more firearms than the .30 caliber Remchesterby magnums.
At 105 years of age it is doing quite well. It would be interesting to know of how many of todays contemporay designer cartridges will still be around in say just 25 years. I am willing to bet the 30-30 will be 130 years old and doing just fine.
I tip my hat in respect to the 30-30.
I would take the 20 yr. old nymphomaniac!
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I have used the 30-30 of and on for years, it always worked well enough for me. I like the 35 Remington better though. One of the guys on our lease is a no shooting sob and every year I end up tracking deer he has wounded with his 30-30. It's guys like him that make the 30-30 look bad, it is used by a lot of DKS types.
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