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    Anybody Shoot 30 30?

    Just joined the forum out of interest. I'm in the US and an avid deer hunter. My .30 06 is my primary rifle for whitetail deer, but I love my Marlin lever action 30 30 for hunting in the woods where shots rarely exceed 100 yards. Anybody shoot the classic 30 30?

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    Here is a pic...I love lever action rifles for the short barrel and quick action. It is really good for the woods here.


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    well in Canada i would be suprized to find a farm house that doesnt have a winchester or marlin 30-30 and a old bolt 303 lee enfield army rifle. 30-30 is old but gold they take plenty of deer in the bush and black bear even moose up in Sask and Alberta

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
    well in Canada i would be suprized to find a farm house that doesnt have a winchester or marlin 30-30 and a old bolt 303 lee enfield army rifle. 30-30 is old but gold they take plenty of deer in the bush and black bear even moose up in Sask and Alberta
    Yep...it is often said the 30 30 has killed more deer in North America than any other caliber. Granted it does have it's weaknesses but it was the first smokeless powder ammunition available to the American public in the late 1800s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UTGrad View Post
    Yep...it is often said the 30 30 has killed more deer in North America than any other caliber. Granted it does have it's weaknesses but it was the first smokeless powder ammunition available to the American public in the late 1800s.
    yes you right, they have killed more deer in north america, some people have them for deer in the uk ,but some of our police firearms dept don/t like giving them for deer ,i love to have a 30/30 for deer ,nice rifle atvb steve

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    Yes I do however my 30-30 is a little different being s bespoke bench made rifle:-








    With some factory 150 Grn Winchester ammunition. Edit:- Ahhh should have been clearer, the Box is for Winchester Silver Tips which have flat points, the actual cartridges are my hand-loads with the 130 Grn Hornady bullets.



    I shoot Hornady 130 Grn SP's over a charge of H335 for a velocity of 2800 fps and very effective it is too. Not quite what you expected but it is a 30-30 rifle.
    Last edited by Brithunter; 03-11-2011 at 08:18.

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    OMG!!! That is an amazing rifle! A bolt action 30 30 is extremely rare in the US, it is almost exclusively made in a lever action format. Who makes that rifle?

    To the other gentleman, why would the police car what gun you own? As long as it's not a fully automatic rifle or an RPG who cares lol?

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    Rare yes ................... in fact it's the only one ever made like it. The makers a small Husband and Wife team made this one for a client and it seems getting the feeding perfect from a straight walled Mauser type box was a right swine. Mauser and Enfield's of course used a slanted magazine which helps. The firm was Medwell & Perritt, I say was as it seems they are not longer in existence . It was Miss Perritt who did the stock work and the engraving by hand or so I was told. She had a degree in engineering. Ian Medwell was ex army with a talent for metal work and a passion for guns. Seems he built one as a school project which he passed with then the Police took it to be destroyed. That bit came from a magazine article on the pair some years back.

    Although I spoke to Julia on the phone about the rifle and have a couple of letters about it from her but I never got around to visiting the works which I now regret.

    Bolt actioned 30-30's in the US ................. well there were a couple. Winchester offered the Model 54 in this chambering (Ken Waters used one in working up a Pet Loads article) and of course Savage made the model 219. Not sure if Remington ever offered the 30-30 as they had their own rimless version in the 30 Remington.

    The Police here in the UK would rather no one but them have access to guns and sadly they are the ones who run the licensing system which is a very bad arrangement especially as most or them, in fact the majority of them, know absolutely nowt about guns. In their eyes the lever action is a cowboy gun and as I have found out pointing out the truth and facts gets you on their hit list. Truth and facts have nothing to do with the way they run things and mostly they only play lip service to the law when dealing with the licence applicants and make the rules up as they go along

    Edit:- Ahhh I also forgot to mention that the 30-30 althoguh legal in England and Wales for deer would be troublesome in Scotland due to the daft velocity restriction. A bullet must weigh at least 100 grains with a minimum velocity of 2400fps producing a minimum od 1700 ft lbs for all deer except Roe. A top hand load using the 130 grain bullet just squeeks past the 2400fps barrier but get a low shot and you in the mire as it's below and your in the smelly stuff. Although the 30-30 cartridge can be loaded hotter safely as I do for that bolt action they are not suggested for the lever action guns as the pressures are running up around those for .243 and 308 Winchester cartridges which the levers in most cases are not chambered in.

    . Although of course my saying such things will bring howls of anguish and anger from certain quarters here and no doubt poor admin will be hit with complaints once more . Read through the legal section at the hassles and the lack of comformity from the licensing departments never mind the total lack of any knowledge about firearms and the laws about them by the FEO's (Firearms Enquirey officer) who do the home visits etc and you understand what I am on about.
    Last edited by Brithunter; 03-11-2011 at 08:39.

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    Now don't be alarmed or dismayed by what Brithunter has said as his is a particular set of circumstances which are peculiar to him. What he failed to mention is that he is in the middle of legal proceedings, dispute call it what you will with the authorities over his rifle collection. This collection, 50 + rifles, has been seized by the authorities and are at present the centre of his dispute. That is his story in an extremely small nut shell, to find out about it chapter and verse you would have to do some research on the site.

    The gun laws here in the UK are a world apart from what you have in the US, here we have to have a licence which we apply for and on it we ask for specific calibres stating what we require them for, and where it is going to be used. The weapons have to be stored in an approved gun cabinet and there is a home inspection to ensure this is so and the security arrangements are suitable. We are restricted as to how much ammunition we can own and how much we can acquire at any one time. There are numerous do's and don'ts associated with gun ownership and use here in the UK but by and large most folks manage without too much trouble, and have numerous calibres, home load etc. We can also hunt all year round, species and sex dependant, if you have access, no tags to buy or draws to enter so there are benefits .

    So that is our system, and Kevin's story in a nutshell.

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Just a small correction John:-

    The weapons have to be stored in an approved gun cabinet
    Please show me where in the UK law it says this?

    Also can you honestly say what I put in my previous reply is wrong? Or are you saying that the FEO's really do know their stuff and apply the laws and regulations as they are written?

    As for the 30-30 Winchester have I got that wrong? Would it be legal in Scotland? Could I honestly take my 30-30 Medwell up to Scotland stalking and not expect problems with it being accepted as legal?

    I look forwards to you reply.

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