Originally Posted by NymphoGnome
So I am trying to decide if I want a 30/30, my bosses suggestion Mosin Nagant or maybe just a Shotgun.
For the 30/30 I am looking at the Marlin 336 (I think that is what it is called) just looking at it I am in love with this rifle! I could hunt deer which is something I really want get into.
The Mosin Nagant, Im only 23 and I am obsessed with anything WWII. I could get 440 rounds for $100 plus the rifle it self is only about $100. I don't think I would be able to hunt with this rifle, though my boss says I could. Also I am not clear on what I am going to have to do get that thing cleaned up and ready to fire, because my boss said you have to clean it before shooting.
The shotgun is very versatile, turkey, deer and skeet shooting, even home defense. But you do have to get kinda up close and personal with what you are about to shoot and that makes me a bit nervous.
So how about a little help, let me know if something I have mentioned is wrong.
Sounds to me like you "need" BOTH
a shotgun and a rifle!
The most versitile shotgun would be a 12 gauge with a 28" barrel and with screw-in chokes.
For deer hunting, the most widely available, and usually least expensive, ammo is for 30/30, 270 Win., 308 win. and a 30/06 cartridges. They are all very good choices for deer hunting.