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Old July 17th, 2016, 12:05 PM   #1
 
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1st Deer Rifle / New Loaner Gun

I grew up in North Miami. My first experience with hunting was riding a swamp buggy as we set out a line of standers while others prepared to release dogs on the other side of the hardwood hammock. We all carried shotguns, and many of the dog handlers had lever-action rifles. The first rifle I hunted deer with was my mid-eighties vintage AR-15A1 (5rd mag w/55gr SPT), but luckily I never got a shot while carrying it. My girlfriend (now married 26yrs) bought me my 1st real deer rifle. This Marlin 336 in .30-30 was wrapped up under the tree Christmas 1988. It has only taken two deer, both quick one-shot kills taken offhand inside of 100yds. It still wears the same 4x Simmons scope it came with, and it still groups well. The Marlin just got retired when I began hunting open croplands and got a bolt-action .30-06. I'm thinking I might take the Marlin to deer camp with me this year. The last two guys I've invited to hunt with me that have shown up with .300Magnums both wounded deer with poor shots. Both deer were broadside inside 100yds, a shot the 336 makes with no fuss or bother. The next guy with any magnum deer rifle is going to have to prove he can use it, or be handed this proven deer killer right here...
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You have a classic deer rifle there! Good hunting.
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If you had a dollar for each deer taken wirth a 30 30 lever action you would be rich indeed.
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that is a nice looking gun. good luck on the hunt.
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Excellent rifle. A classic!
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Great looking 30-30 rifle.
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ngashooter, I really like your attitude. I too have a 30-30 different brand though but it unfortunately has never taken a deer. I have kicked people out of camp for disrespectful shooting of a deer, wounding because "any hit with a magnum will drop a deer".
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nice 30-30 classic rifle. I love mine. it has killed a few deer.
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Very nice!
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Killed my first Deer with a 30-30 too 1894 Winchester
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ngashooter, I really like your attitude. I too have a 30-30 different brand though but it unfortunately has never taken a deer. I have kicked people out of camp for disrespectful shooting of a deer, wounding because "any hit with a magnum will drop a deer".
I have never kicked anyone out of camp, but I have not invited certain guys back to hunt. I was a rifle shooter before I became a hunter, and believe as you do that game deserves to be harvested respectfully. To me that means the hunter should be proficient with his/her weapon (rifle/bow/handgun) so as to offer the best chance of cleanly killing the game animal. My friends who show up with .243, .270, .308, and .30-06 caliber rifles usually leave with a full cooler. It just so happens that the last two guys with .300 Win Mags were inexperienced riflemen who bought into the hype about needing a magnum rifle for deer hunting. They had not spent time shooting their guns and both blew easy shots wounding deer. I've come to realize why all the hunting shows on tv show the guide having his client "check zero". You not only make sure a baggage handler hasn't knocked the scope loose, but you can make sure the guy can shoot his rifle. My premise is that novice hunters are better served by a soft shooting .30-30 rather than a loud, hard kicking magnum. I think gun counter salesmen get higher commissions selling the big boomers that take expensive ammo.
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I hear ya ngashooter, I shot my first whitetail, using my Iver Johnson single shot 20 gauge shotgun, since that time I've used 30-30, 270's, 30-06, muzzle loaders, and the compound bow, not to mention one of my 45-70's. The key is patience and common sense before pulling that trigger or releasing that quiver.
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I use my sons Trapper with scope or my old 94 with iron sights most shots are within 50 yards and they drop every time but its in the woods sometimes I go south and use one of my cousins long guns to what ever distance needed hope to buy a bolt this year but its hard to beat a 30-30 in this neck of the woods. I did nail a doe between the eyes at about 60 yards with a 22 hornet and it never twitched.
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Never needed a big ole boomer for any deer. Mostly used shotguns cause we couldn't use rifles where I hunted. I used a Savage smokeless powder muzzleloader for the last 30-40 deer I took in Maryland. When I was in Alaska I had 2 rifles..a 338 Win Mag and a 270. 338 for moose and the 270 for almost anything else. Where I am in Wyoming now for deer I use a Winchester 64 made in 1954(30-30) or a 25-06...Elk either an extremely accurate 30-06 or an almost as accurate 300 win mag. But I do know how to shoot the big boomers. Deer don't NEED a 300 win. My camp loaner is an OLD Remington Model 30 in 30-06. For those who don't know the M-30 is just a civilian version of a 1917 Enfield. It be ugly but it shoots. Heck the scope on it dates from the late 40's. The OPs 336 is too pretty to hunt with.... except for maybe my deer stand. Our breakfast nook is a great stand... hunt deer with the 30-30 a cuppa coffee and a good warm bathrobe for when you open the window to shoot out of. Sometimes it gets cold here. LOL! Nice Marlin ngashooter
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When I was still working full time, part timer retired now, one of the guys who also was a 'expert' of every topic in the world, was shooting off his mouth in the break room one day about the best "deer rifle". It seems he had a 300 win mag and was spouting off about how that is what was needed to bring down a whitetail deer at any range. One of the other guys finally got him to shut up long enough to take a quick survey among us hunters in the room about what caliber and how many deer we had taken in the last 2 seasons. At that time we had a HUGE population of deer and could get extra licenses to hunt. The majority in the room had .243 wins and had taken an average of 2 deer each with some of us shooting as many as 4, because thats how many tags he had. The guy with the 300 had shot at one but could not hit it, cause it was to 'far' away. My son has a .223 and he has killed many deer with it. It is not what you shoot, it how you shoot it. Jack O'Connor who worked for Outdoor Life for a couple centuries it seemed like, liked smaller calibers cause they did not hurt as much and you could shoot all day.
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