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NatalbanyTigerFan
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.30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?

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
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Choirboy
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
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.


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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
.410 only for shooting gar.


Choirboy
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oleyeller
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
its just not sexy

i have one and love it


wiltznucs
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
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.
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TrueTiger
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
I think its fun. You hand load cast rounds for plinking and for light stuff like rabbits
or you can zip it up with modern lever evolution and drop deer at 200 yards.


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Clames
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
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.


Tiger2763
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
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.


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Hammertime
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
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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


lsushelly
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
Still have mine. Dad bought it for me about 35 years ago. I basically just carry it now when tracking. Nice and light


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
I'm sure more .30-30 bullets are being sold these days than in years past.


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Clames
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
I think the lever action rifles are becoming a bit more in vogue than they used to be. Love to get a 1895SBL to match with the Gunsite scout.


aVatiger
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
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i have one and love it


probably still my favorite, i just love lever action rifles though


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
The lever action isn't going anywhere. The .30-30 might though. The marlin 336 is the only thing keeping it alive.

Don't get me wrong, I love my pop gun. It's even rumored that the .30-30 is powerful enough to knock down 3 lunch room ladies


Monticello
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
It's still my primary hunting rifle. First deer rifle my Dad taught me to hunt with 20 years ago. I'm attached to it.


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Ace Midnight
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
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The lever action isn't going anywhere. The .30-30 might though.


I agree with this - and speaking of revolver guys, I think the market for levers in .357/.38 and .44, so you can dual purpose the cartridge may outlive the .30-30 itself.


Nodust
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
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Who says it's unpopular?

I see more 9mm on shelves. So either it's getting bought up or not being produced as much.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
My buddy has a very old winchester in 38-40

I'd give my left pinky toe to own that thing in .357

I think the .30-30 will be far less common a generation from now. My generation doesn't seem to like it all that much. The internet has convinced them that it isn't good for killing deer.


Ponchy Tiger
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re: .30-30 Winchester. Why so unpopular now?
My brother and me are splitting my Dad's gun arsenal. His .30-30 is the only I specifically wanted.


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