With standard ammo and a scope, a 30-30 is effective out to whatever range you can cleanly hit a deer! For most people with an unscoped lever action that would be about 100 yds. Add a scope and you can gain another 50-100 yds. if you know your gun. With the new Hornady LeverEvolution ammo you can gain another 50 yds. I have a very old Marlin 30-30 with a small 4x scope that I can shoot 1" groups at 100yds with my reloads on a bench. With factory ammo it shoots about 2" at 100 yds. Even if it opens up to 4 or 5" at 200 yds that's still a dead deer anywhere inbetween. $300 is too much for a used Marlin considering Wal Mart is selling brand new ones for $340. The Marlin is probably the best lever action currently made, andIMO was better than the Winchester. I have both, and the Marlin is like a swiss watch compared to the Winchester - much smoother action, more comfortable to shoot, and a little more accurate.What is the effective range of a 3030.
Is $300 too much for a used Marlin?
That's because Virginia doesn't try to discourage the law abiding from excercising their rights. Three months in NY is fast. Less than 1/2 a mile down the street from me is the Vermont border - they don't even require permits, and Vermont is a left-wing haven!RL- C'mon over to Virginia. My CCW took 3 DAYS.
Dang,Are you still living in the former home of the Cowboys? Just drive on over to Grapevine,and go to Bass Pro,they got all the guns and ammo you will need.
Why Walmart? Lower prices? I'd rather spend a few more bucks and get mine at a local gun store. If we keep buying guns and ammo at Wally World, many of the local gun stores will become a thing of the past.
What's wrong with a .30-30? There have been more deer taken with a .30-30 than any other cartridge. Sure, it isn't a mucho-macho short-stroke magnum, tactical, Binford 3000 sniper rifle, but they are more than adequate for any deer and most other N. American game.Why get a 30-30?