You know there's one in the family somewhere. Either your dad had one or grandpa or brother in law. But you never hear may people hunting with them anymore. Why is that? I've killed a lot of deer on Raccourci Island with my Dad's ole 30-30. Still a great gun LINK
I have one and use it as a truck gun. I think everyone should keep one loaded and ready while riding around at the camp/ranch. I have taken deer, yotes, hogs, dogs, cats, coons, armadillos.......you get the point. It makes for a nice truck gun because of how easy it is to get the gun from a resting position to out of the window in no time at all.
I dont think the problem lies with the cartridge so much as the lever gun being seen as an inferior or antiquated firearm. I think the same goes for revolvers vs automatics. Like anything else it's always what's new an en vogue. Right now that's high tech looking semi autos and bolt action sporting gun/cartridge combos built well beyond the abilities or needs of the average shooter/hunter.
Who says it's unpopular? Not as popular as 30-06 but then nothing else really is that category. Occasionally run into a mouth breather that thinks it's obsolete but it's still being made and it's a versatile, rather inexpensive cartridge that you don't have to worry about getting when mouth breathers make a panic run on ammo.
Fine for short range but only as accurate as the user given type of feed. Also beyond 125-150 yards the bullet drops like a rock and almost worthless. Many far better rounds IF shooting anything but short distance.
Hammertime UNO Fan apples Member since Jan 2012 19504 posts
re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?(Posted by Hammertime on 10/30/13 at 7:38 pm to Clames)
quote: Occasionally run into a mouth breather that thinks it's obsolete
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Most people that actually take the time to "hunt" have them, and use them. It isn't too popular with people that pay dues to drive up to a box stand over 1000lbs of corn. Just like everything in America today, bigger is better