A 30/30 lever action for hunting would be just about perfect for most of Florida. Lever actions are very reliable and handle well in thick cover. At some point you might want a 30/06 for extra range but the lever would still be perfect for 90% of your needs.
Exactly. Particularly if while you are hunting the cape deer an alligator starts hunting you.
Although I am a .30-06 man, first, last and always, I really think the .30-30 will srve you well.
The Marlin is a very nice gun, but heavy and bulky. I'd look for a good used model 94 Winchester. The classic among classics.
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