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Old 04-19-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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Hey guys, been looking to buy a new deer gun. My dad always used a 30-30 up here in Maine and I've always loved it. Wondering your opinions on the best make/model? Been looking at a Marlin but I'd love some advice from others! Thanks!

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The Winchester 94 and the Marlin 336 are respectively the #1 and #2 most popular deer rifles in the US. I am partial to the Marlin for several reasons, but have heard complaints of quality problems lately. You may also want to look at the Henry 30-30.

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The best 30-30 is the one kept in the closet. Actually the best 30-30 is the .35 Remington. The 35 is available in the Marlin 336 and using a heavier bullet at close to the same velocity as the 30-30, it hits harder and is a much better killer of deer sized game. I have also found the accuracy to be much better. I would never use a 30-30 on game.
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I would say a marlin...I had a Winchester but I had to cock the scope to the side on it because that's where the spent rounds eject...I like both but I like the marlin the best.

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My choice would be a good used Marlin. Next would be an angle eject Winchester. I too like the 35 Remington but they are not as readily available as the 30-30. I have been seeing quite a few used Remington pumps in 35 caliber lately.

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Many moons ago, I started out with a Winchester 30-30, but after one hunting season, I went with the Micro-grove Marlin 336. 30-30 because it ejects the shells out the side. I was so pleased with the Marlin, I added a 35 caliber to my collection. You may want to consider going with the 35 right off the bat! Great knock down power and with the new Hornady loads, you can reach out and touch with it very good at 200 yards or more.

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The best 30-30 is the one kept in the closet. Actually the best 30-30 is the .35 Remington. The 35 is available in the Marlin 336 and using a heavier bullet at close to the same velocity as the 30-30, it hits harder and is a much better killer of deer sized game. I have also found the accuracy to be much better. I would never use a 30-30 on game.
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huh? look, i'm far from an expert, but last i remember reading, the 30-30 has taken more deer than any other caliber. i've never heard of anyone who said a 30-30 was inadequate for deer hunting within 100-200 yards. its pretty common to use them hunting black bear as well from what i understand.

it may not be the best out there anymore, but its been getting the job done a long time now.

btw, i own a marlin 336. AWESOME rifle.
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i have a 336 and a 94 and they both have taken deer flawlesly i would not hesitate to recomend either one for a beginner shooter or a newbie.

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Marlin possibly? My uncle has one I'm not sure of the model

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I would suggest you look for an older Model 336 Marlin in 30-30.
I also have been hearing that the newer ones are not as good as the older ones? The good thing also about the older ones is that a lot of people bought them and hardly ever shot them. So they are like new! A gun show is a good place to find a dealer with one or one of the people attending the shot who have their own rifle for sale! Also can usually get a good deal.
I like the Marlin also because of the ease of mounting a scope on it.
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