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Animal
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Member since Dec 2017
2954 posts

30-30 question

Unnecessary background:

My Grandpa had one. Gave it to my dad. Dad gave it to me but then forgot he gave it to me and took it with him when he moved across the country.

anecdotal...when I was 15 I damn near blew my Grandfather's head off with his own gun. Long story... wont get into that.

I want a 30-30. I seek recommendations for make and model.


lsufan1971
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Zachary
Member since Nov 2003
14145 posts

re: 30-30 question
Marlin model 36. I have one of the older guns made in 1967. They have crept up in price the last few years since Marlin went out of business. Ruger bought the Marlin brand out of bankruptcy and slowly getting guns to market.

I would try and find a good used 36.
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upgrade
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Member since Jul 2011
10828 posts

re: 30-30 question
Marlin 336 before they got bought by Remington. Before 2007.

You can scope it if you want, or there are several different choices for aperture sights. The buckhorn rear sights on just about every lever action rifle are garbage.

Love my 30-30. If we didn’t have long right of ways on the lease it would probably be my only deer rifle.


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LSUlefty
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: 30-30 question
Get a 35Rem instead


upgrade
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Member since Jul 2011
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re: 30-30 question
quote:

Get a 35Rem instead


Great cartridge, but ammo will probably be hard to find in this post 2020 world

Even 30-30 was a little challenging for a while.


LSUlefty
LSU Fan
Youngsville, LA
Member since Dec 2007
25576 posts

re: 30-30 question
I inherited my Grandfather's Marlin 35Rem and ammo has been difficult but not impossible. I've been able to stock pile quite a bit.


upgrade
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Member since Jul 2011
10828 posts

re: 30-30 question
When I bought my Marlin new in 2001, I think a box of Super X 30-30 was $9.99.


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bbvdd
Alabama Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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re: 30-30 question
My 1st rifle was a Marlin 30/30.
If I were buying a new one it would no doubt be a Winchester Model 94.


Homey the Clown
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Member since Feb 2009
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re: 30-30 question
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Winchester Model 94


This is the only deer rifle I own. I only deer hunt once a year, but for anything up to +/- 100 yards, its golden.


TuckyTiger
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Central Ky
Member since Nov 2016
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re: 30-30 question
Winchester if using open sights
Marlin if you want a scope on it


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Animal
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re: 30-30 question
Appreciate the suggestions thus far from everyone.


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TrueTiger
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re: 30-30 question
Don't overlook Henry.

Very nice.


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TrueTiger
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re: 30-30 question
DP
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ForLSU56
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Rapides Parish
Member since Feb 2015
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re: 30-30 question
As a youngster I had the Winchester 94 and later a Marlin 36 and loved both of them.

Henry makes one hell of a good firearm.

Henry


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aduke05
Alabama Fan
Ohio
Member since Aug 2022
149 posts

re: 30-30 question
Marlin for sure.

I just got built an AR in 350 legend. Almost identical ballistics to a 30-30. We can't hunt with a 30-30 where I live.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: 30-30 question


Just a beautiful rifle, fun to shoot too. Regret selling mine 20 years ago.
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WeagleEagle
Auburn Fan
Folsom Prison
Member since Sep 2011
1640 posts

re: 30-30 question
I’ve got an old marlin my dad won for selling the most raffle tickets for his school in 1967. It’s a great gun and has folded up a few deer through the years. My buddy just bought a Henry. It’s pretty sweet.

ETA
He also bought the leverevolution rounds for it. I told him downshift didn’t approve and he now has corelokts.
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Rufus T Firefly
Member since Aug 2022
483 posts

re: 30-30 question
I prefer the pre-Remington Marlin's if for no other reason than I don't care of the top ejection of the Winchester. I know they changed that in later models but still not enough to make me trade my Marlin for a Winny


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257WBY
Baylor Fan
Member since Feb 2014
4062 posts

re: 30-30 question
Get a .308.


Ol boy
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Member since Oct 2018
2177 posts

re: 30-30 question
Marlin 336 with a low power 1-7 scope in detachable scope rings is all that most deer hunters need. From 0-200 yards with rem cor lokts you will stack deer.


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