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kasper89 05-01-2012 03:30 PM

bolt action 30-06, or a lever action 30-30
Lookin to buy a new rifle. Don't know much bout the differences as far as pros and cons of the two...

mountainman13 05-01-2012 03:38 PM

Any specific models you are looking at?

Model70 05-01-2012 04:01 PM

Bolt action 30-06 is gonna shoot a lot further and flatter. Kill an elk out to 500 yards. Big bullets selection. 110-220 grain. Spitzer round nose whatever.

30-30 lever gun is a good up close brush gun, kill an elk out to about 100 yards. Small bullet selection. Round or flat nose only. If you go with the 30-30 look into leverevolution rounds from Hornady.

Both good choices. Just depends on what you wanna do.

sputnik1988 05-01-2012 04:09 PM

Again, depends on what you plan to do with it, ammo is similarly priced but the 30-06 will reach waaay out, like Model70 said, the 30-30 is more close up. The 30-06 has more knockdown also, if I'm not mistaken.

cottontop 05-01-2012 04:12 PM

That's like comparing an Indy car to a Model T. Of the two, the .30-06 bolt action is the only one to consider. If you want a 30 caliber, you might also consider a .308.

towboater 05-01-2012 04:16 PM

30/30s kill many a deer every year. Where I hunt its all that's needed.

mountainman13 05-01-2012 04:20 PM

I love my marlin 30/30 lever and am quite confident it will drop anything I need it to in my state be it on 2 legs or 4.

cottontop 05-01-2012 06:17 PM

A Model T will get you from point A to point B within reason, but I wouldn't want to start a cross country trip in one.

JTJ 05-01-2012 06:21 PM

Why not a lever action 30-06 or 308?

pioneer461 05-01-2012 06:56 PM

I guess it would depend on what you want to use the rifle for. The .30-06 is a more powerful caliber, with a wider choice of bullet designs for hunting major game animals.

The .30-30, it is said, has taken more deer than any other type of rifle, at least in North America. Traditionally considered a "brush gun," which means the ability to shoot through small brush without much bullet deflection, .30-30 ammo options are somewhat limited, but time proven. A few years ago Hornady developed their LeveRevolution ammo, which can turn a .30-30 lever gun into an honest 200+ yard rifle.

In those endless gun forum "what if" discussions, if I could only take one rifle in any given situation, I would take my Marlin .30-30 with LeveRevolution ammo. Also, Marlin is now making a tactical lever gun that you might want to look into as well.

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