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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-30-2008, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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30/30 Marlin Lever Action

If not 12 gauge, I take my 30/30 Marlin Lever Action Rifle into the woods with me. Anyone have thoughts about this rifle as a deer slayer?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-30-2008, 01:16 PM
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Back in the day, that was THE deer killing gun around here. Not much for long shots, depends on how much you shoot it. I know some guys that can reach out there with that caliber. And there are better calibers for that, but still a good woods gun. I own one also. Winchester lever tho...

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-30-2008, 02:25 PM
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no problem here, I have several in 30-30 and would not hesitate to use them for deer. I do prefer 150 gr bullet weight.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 12:42 PM
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The Marlin 30-30 is a good gun. My personal favorite for 100-125 yards is my Marlin 35 caliber.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 06:45 PM
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When I'm hunting property on the natural gas mainline I use a 7mm Remington. Anytime I'm inside the woodline I will always have my Marlin 336 30/30 with me.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-29-2009, 08:25 AM
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30/30 marlin

I am glad I came across this site,I am getting ready to go hunting for the first time at 48, my son is very eager thanks to my father inlaw (avid hunter) I am looking for a 30/30 marlin so I can start shooting and get to know the rifle. If things go right next year I can be in the woods with my father in law and my son, hopefully this will be something that lasts for many years.
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I love mine and the newer hornady ammo is much safer unless you use blunt nose bullets.

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I am glad I came across this site,I am getting ready to go hunting for the first time at 48, my son is very eager thanks to my father inlaw (avid hunter) I am looking for a 30/30 marlin so I can start shooting and get to know the rifle. If things go right next year I can be in the woods with my father in law and my son, hopefully this will be something that lasts for many years.
I applaud your willingness to enter into the world of hunting and be able to share those times with friends & family especially your son, those times will soon become priceless, just you wait and see...

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-01-2009, 02:58 PM
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I have a Marlin 30/30. It's all I have ever used. I use a 3x9x40 scope, and have shot up to 125 yds. I love my Marlin.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 11:34 AM
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It doesn't get any more classic than a 30-30. I support your decision to use a 30-30. This caliber is responsible for the demise of more deer than any other caliber with the exception of a 30-06. The whole marketing blitz on magnums for deer hunting over the last decade has taken the 30-30 out of the spotlight.
I sold one almost 30 years ago and wish I didn't. It did buy a .35 rem in 1990 which is why I haven't bought another 30-30. With the on slought of the Hornady LE the 30-30 is a bonifide killing machine at 200-250 yards.
If you feel shots for deer will go beyond that range then I would recomend a good bolt action in a .243-.280 range caliber.
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