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Old 02-23-2013, 04:10 AM   #31
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Was your friends 30-30 a Marlin as well ?

Damn shame about your 35 though, worse than one of those infamous FTF boat trips...

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The .35 Remington would be a better big game round in a lever gun. The lever action carbines how ever have been the choice of the woodsmen. The 30-30 is considered a better all around caliber for back country use. The 30-30 rounds can be bought in C stores or Walmarts all over the U.S.

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I can't remember what kind of 30-30 he had. It was a lever action and I want to say it was a winchester but that was along time ago. I know my gun was new but the fit and finish on that gun spoke for itself.I bet that to this day not very many people experience mechanical problems with them new or old.

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I never got to shoot anything with mine but I always wondered if that round would be good for elk at close range.

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I have been down this road before - Brief Historical note: the most popular Elk caliber prior to WWs was the 30-30 according to G&A. Now: W the new 30-30 rds w plastic tip a gent dropped an Elk w one shot @ 80 yds. G&A (have also heard of new rds not expanding in a hog w 35 cal) We all know bullet placement trumps all.

My Grandfather left me his Rem pump in 35 Cal - it was his Canadian hunting rifle. He went after moose w it but never filled the tag. He had an almost religious belief that anything he shot w it, would go down. (probably because for him, it did)

In the 1980s, the 30-30 was a fine deer rifle but unsuited for anything larger. The 35 Rem was considered more effective but still not suited for big game. Grampa sure as hell didn't see it that way but the Magnum craze was in full swing n the gun writers were along for the ride.

Who is right ? Have these old calibers been relegated to the dust bin of history or can a chunk of lead at moderate velocity still be effective in the modern age?

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I seem to remember a hunting show where a guy shot an Alaskan bull moose with a .30-30 and dropped the animal with one shot.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xZsgwPlLM0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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