most states its perfectly legal to use the .30 carbine round. illegality in most states is restricted to rimfire rounds.
i am also of the opinion that it is a REALY poor choice of bullets for hunting anything over coyoted or rabbit sized critters. it was also a poor round for dispatching humans during WW2 as well. this does not however detract in the slightest for it being one of the most fun rounds and guns for recreational target shooting and collecting.
if your looking for a similar weapon to feel size weight etc for deer hunting pick up one of the old tubluar magazine fed ruger .44 magnum carbines. it has about the same heft size and feel of a M1 carbine but chambered in a really great 100 yard deer killing round. it holds four shots. most states restrict magazine size when hunting carbine mags are 15 or 30 rounds. i do not remember seeing 5 round mags for it.
Well if the carbine isn't appropriate for deer hunting can anyone recommend a weapon, used/new that would be good? In NC, most deer are Whitetails. I say used because I am a HS student don't have too much money to be throwing around, maybe $200-$350 tops. I figure I will hit up some pawn shops around here to see what they have to offer.
My gosh can we give the OP a break and talk about scopes here???
Geez... so judgmental here on this forum? i am SURE he regrets mentioning his use for the carbine rifle but he did ask some opinion about scopes for it!!!
can you guys get over the Bullet and its effectiveness, and please discuss some optic suggestions? I also would like to hear some. I saw 2 out of about 12 posts mention some relevant info, thank you guys for that, still got my eye open for more.
I'd say look for used scopes. I have a tasco golden antler on my .54 muzzleloader that works great. I just bought another one for 20 bucks. If it holds zero for my muzzy it should be fine for the m1.
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