I think most folks’ first deer rifle was a 30-30 lever action, whether it was a Winchester, or a Marlin. Those same folks passed-down their 30-30 to their kids. The reason for that is simple, the 30-30 is a strong and reliable cartridge and it was made for deer hunting. It’s a good brush gun and I cannot ever remember my trusty 30-30 ever letting me down when I went deer hunting.
It was originally designed by Winchester and was first marketed in early 1895 as one of the calibers available for the Model 1894. The original loading used a 160-grain soft point bullet and 30 grains of smokeless powder. Thus the name 30-30 for 30-caliber bullet and 30 grains of powder.
The 30-30 is really a great medium-range deer cartridge because of the lever-action rifles commonly chambered for it. In this era of overly built, overly long, overly bulky, overly heavy rifles, a good, old-fashioned “cowboy gun” is not only reliable, but it’s alot of fun.
Some people ask : “What is the best lever-action 30-30 out on the market?”. Well, there are a few, but I think it’s all a matter of personal preference.
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Here’s a list of four:
- Henry .30-30 Model H009
- Winchester Model 94
- Marlin 336:
- Mossberg 464
You could not go wrong buying any one of the rifles mentioned above, because like I said, it’s all a matter of personal preference. For me, I went with the Marlin, I thought it handled well and was very accurate, but again, it’s all about what you like best.
I could ramble-on about the 30-30, but I’ll let Ron Spomer give you his two-cents in the video below, me personally, I think Ron does a pretty good job and you’ll enjoy the video.