Nice rifle. Very beautiful.
When I was a kid in high school, I really wanted one of those too.
The lever action .30-30 was the state of the art saddle gun of the U.S. Cavalry of the 1890s. It then became popular with frontiersmen and it has since become a classic for entry level deer hunters.
The USMC issued me an M-14 back in the day and said, "take this, this is your only friend." I soon forgot about the .30-30 thereafter.
Enjoy yours. I had to skip that step.
Obviously the military does not use the .30-30 or the M-14 anymore. They prefer the newly designed M-4 instead.
If it were not for deer, the .30-30 would have disappeared a long time ago.
Hogs too. It is great for bagging hogs as well. And black bears. It has probably also killed a lot of mountain lions also, but you don't see many of them anymore. In fact, you would need a dog pack to help you find one now.
But there are still plenty of deer, hogs, and black bears everywhere, in most states. So you will enjoy it.
Since it was originally a military weapon, it also works well for home defense too.