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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I need some help!

I feel like a moron because i am 13 years old and me and my dad go rifle hunting every November. He uses his 30 06 and i use a stupid 20 gauge. A 20 gauge is not a deer hunting rifle at almost 30-50 yards away. This year im going to use his 30 30 and i was wonder if any one could give me some pointers. tips, and or advice!

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 08:55 AM
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Don't feel bad cause I'm 34 and still feel like a moron. My son shot a nice buck last season with a 20 gauge youth model. He used Hornady Sabot 3". The shot was about 30 yds away. I don't know much about 30-30 but I do know that many people have used it with great success.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 11:59 AM
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Welcome to the DHC forum. The 30 30 rifle has taken as many deer as a lot of the other calibers combined and is a great short and intermediate caliber.
Up to 200 yards it should work just fine but beyond that you really need a lot of practice.
Man you complain about a twenty gauge when I started hunting I used a 410 shotgun so you are way ahead of me. That was in the 50's (man I'm an old crock! lol)
As you progress in your hunting you will do just fine as long as you can distinguish between hunting and killing.
Good luck and BE SAFE!
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 12:35 PM
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What type 30/30 is it? If it's a typical lever action 30/30 there are some things you will need to practice doing with it to be safe and comfortable with it. Depending on it's age, that L/A may or may not have a cross bolt safety on it. If it's an older rifle, it will not have that addition and you will need to be familiar with loading, unloading and using the half-cock safety it has.

Make sure your Dad shows you these important features and how best for you to load, carry and ready it to fire at both targets and game. Next step will be to become familiar with it at the range and try to get a good number of practice rounds through it, so you are sure it's sighted in properly and you are familiar with where it shoots at specific ranges.

Does it have a scope? If so, you'll need to ensure that you get proper eye relief set so you have no problems with recoil and the scope possibly hitting your forehead when you fire it. These are all things you will be able to learn from your Dad and enjoy doing. Use caution and remember safety is always the most important factor when both shooting and hunting.

One last thing; safety always begins between the ears! It is very important that the way you handle, load, unload and fire that rifle is always done in a safe manner. There are no do-overs after a trigger is pulled, whether accidentally or on purpose.

Good luck to you and I hope you spend some very enjoyable hours learning your new hunting rifle with your Dad!
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 07:17 AM
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I still deer hunt with a 20 ga
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 07:55 AM
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I,ve killed several deer in my day with 20 gauge buckshot. Today there are 20 ga slug guns that are as accurate as a rifle at moderate ranges (under 100 yards).
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 11:12 PM
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The 30/30 will suit you fine with good shot placement. Make sure you practice with it before you take it out into the woods though.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 11:23 PM
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Can't say much more than what's already been said as there's plenty of good advice already provided.

What I can and will say is that safety is literally in your hands. Any weapon is only as safe as the one holding it. Never take for granted the condition (loaded/unloaded) you may THINK it is in. Always check and know for certain. Open the bolt/breech and make certain the chamber is cleared before doing anything with it. Safety, safety, safety.

Once the bullet leaves the barrel, you can't get it back. Enough said about that . . .

Enjoy the time hunting with you dad. It will make memories that will last you a lifetime.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 11:30 PM
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well said!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-01-2011, 08:47 PM
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My first deer rifle was a Marlin 30-30.I killed 16 deer with it,6 bucks and 10 does.I consider it good to 150 yards.I only sold it because it did not have the crossbolt safety.
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