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    .30-30 - This Ones for You Old Hunter

    Inspired by Old Hunter's mention of using his .30-30 as a timber rifle, I finally took mine to the range for a little fun. For you tack drivers out there this seems like a poor group, measuring about 3 inches, but with these eyes, and iron sights, it looks pretty good to me. (Not sure if I remember how to post pics, hope they come out OK!) A6F

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    Using factory ammo, this is pretty good. If you reload, you can do better. I recently read (can't remember exactly where) that the ammo producers do not take the time and $$$ to produce ammunition for certain calibers that are held to really tight QC standards as they know the rifles that they will be shot in are inherently not too accurate.

    I remember years ago a friend of mine picked up a 30-30 bolt action (Marlin I think) and we worked up some pretty good loads for. I think they were 125 or 130 grainers. He shot a lot of deer with it and it would shoot minute groups easily.
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    Nothing wrong with that group for iron sights. What will you hunt?

    I use a Winchester 94, and don't look for MOA groups. You can do better with yours, but really, that will kill anything.

    I suspect it's the sights more than the gun/ammo.
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    You might suspect the loose nut behind the trigger too, OH!

    CC, No doubt in my mind the rifle can perform better than shown, even with this ammo, and certainly a custom load. The limiting factor is definitely my ability to use the iron sights. My eyes aint what they used to be.

    I am actually surprised that the group is this good. I could not see the center target (using center hold) and had to center the front sight as best I could in the middle of the 4 outer targets. So I'm very happy with the results.

    I plan to use this as a thick timber gun for deer and elk. I thinks she's shooting minute-o-elk at 100.

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    Good luck, just get one to stand still and give em hell!
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    What make/model rifle is that? I thought all 30-30's were lever actions lol

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    I thought so too, MM! But this one is a Savage 342 Series E.

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    I believe Sears had one too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aught6Fan View Post
    I thought so too, MM! But this one is a Savage 342 Series E.
    Neat gun! How old is it? Bet you could have some fun handloading with bullets that wouldnt be safe in a tube magazine. I have 3 30-30's, all Winchesters. 1894 with octagon barrel made in 1896. 1894 SRC made in 1929. Model 55 takedown that was my grandfathers. I am thinking about taking 1 of them or my model 70 .243 with open sights on my WY antelope this fall!

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    I always use a 6 o'clock hold with iron sights. That way the front sight doesn't block the target. Much easier.

 

 

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