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Bolt Action .270 or lever action 30-30? Just looking for an all purpose hunting rifle. Any other recommendations will also be appreciated. (Can't seem to post this in the Hunting or Guns category, sorry)

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

What terrain are you hunting?

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

buckhunter asked the defining question. The terrain factors in heavily, as does the distances you expect to hunt. Lacking additional information, I'd lean to the .270 because it has the versatility and range of bullet weights to serve at any reasonable distance, but if you customarily hunt in densely wooded areas where your shots will normally present themselves at 50-100 yards, the .30-30 lever action handles quickly and will certainly drop your game. Do you have a preference?

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

IMHO~~ The .308Win is a all around cal. short Action
Bolt Gun,Works Well in the woods and open fields up to 300
yrd. If you are a (One gun hunter), as Buckhunter and
ED,said What Terrain do you Hunt, if i hade to pick
The 30/30 with Hornadys Ammo.

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from country road wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

As stated, those two choices are suited to very different styles of hunting. I'd go with the .270 bolt, but that's just my opinion based on long familiarity with one of those guns.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

the .270 is a great choice as is the .308

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from jay wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

for an all purpose gun I'd also add the .30-06 to the mix.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Neither one is a good choice for all around hunting.

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from shane wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Get a BLR in .308 if you can't decide.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Or a Savage 99 in .308 Win. Plenty of them around and they appreciate every year if in good condition.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

The 30-30 is a nostalgic and fun light rifle to carry with no scope in the woods. It is good for shots under about 100 yards in thick brush... not because it shoots through timber but because it is so light and manueverable as you tramp through brush. You can be balancing on one foot in brambles and get a shot off in an instant. The .270 is a highly accurate long range rifle capable of smacking deer out to 600 yards effectively. It is very fast and flat shooting so it is actually possible to hit deer at much longer ranges than the 30-30. After shooting a .270, the .30-.30 will feel like a sling shot but for close range deer hunting it is a lot of fun. I'd go for the .270 if you want versatility. If you are only hunting tight timbers at short range, the 30-30 is great.

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from jbird wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

.270 bolt action.

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from Bill Hyneman wrote 29 weeks 4 days ago

The problem is that uneducated hunters will take a shot 250 yards or farther out and if they are lucky enough to hit a deer all they will do is wound it and it will die days later from infection. If you cant drop it DONT SHOOT! I will not take a shot over 100 yards with my 30-30 and I don't care what ammo you are using. If you want those 400 plus yard shots go with the .270. Nothing ticks me off more than people attempting a 200 plus yard shot with their 30-30. Even if you are lucky, a direct hit will not drop a deer at that range so again I say, DONT TAKE THE SHOT. It is cruel to the deer and idiotic for the hunter.

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from Bill Hyneman wrote 29 weeks 4 days ago

I guess the best way to say this is to know your rifle and it's capabilities or don't use it. A 30-30 is a good gun and outstanding for shots of 100 yards or less, particularly in thick brush because it is a carbine and easy to carry and swing around into firing position however those guns have also wounded more deer and other animals than any other gun in history and most of that is because people attempt shots they never should and just end up by wounding the animal and it will suffer immeasurably before it finally dies. If you want to take shots greater than 100 yards, a 30-06 or a 270 are by far the way to go.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

buckhunter asked the defining question. The terrain factors in heavily, as does the distances you expect to hunt. Lacking additional information, I'd lean to the .270 because it has the versatility and range of bullet weights to serve at any reasonable distance, but if you customarily hunt in densely wooded areas where your shots will normally present themselves at 50-100 yards, the .30-30 lever action handles quickly and will certainly drop your game. Do you have a preference?

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

What terrain are you hunting?

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

IMHO~~ The .308Win is a all around cal. short Action
Bolt Gun,Works Well in the woods and open fields up to 300
yrd. If you are a (One gun hunter), as Buckhunter and
ED,said What Terrain do you Hunt, if i hade to pick
The 30/30 with Hornadys Ammo.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

the .270 is a great choice as is the .308

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from country road wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

As stated, those two choices are suited to very different styles of hunting. I'd go with the .270 bolt, but that's just my opinion based on long familiarity with one of those guns.

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from shane wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Get a BLR in .308 if you can't decide.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Or a Savage 99 in .308 Win. Plenty of them around and they appreciate every year if in good condition.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

The 30-30 is a nostalgic and fun light rifle to carry with no scope in the woods. It is good for shots under about 100 yards in thick brush... not because it shoots through timber but because it is so light and manueverable as you tramp through brush. You can be balancing on one foot in brambles and get a shot off in an instant. The .270 is a highly accurate long range rifle capable of smacking deer out to 600 yards effectively. It is very fast and flat shooting so it is actually possible to hit deer at much longer ranges than the 30-30. After shooting a .270, the .30-.30 will feel like a sling shot but for close range deer hunting it is a lot of fun. I'd go for the .270 if you want versatility. If you are only hunting tight timbers at short range, the 30-30 is great.

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from jay wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

for an all purpose gun I'd also add the .30-06 to the mix.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Neither one is a good choice for all around hunting.

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from jbird wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

.270 bolt action.

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from Bill Hyneman wrote 29 weeks 4 days ago

The problem is that uneducated hunters will take a shot 250 yards or farther out and if they are lucky enough to hit a deer all they will do is wound it and it will die days later from infection. If you cant drop it DONT SHOOT! I will not take a shot over 100 yards with my 30-30 and I don't care what ammo you are using. If you want those 400 plus yard shots go with the .270. Nothing ticks me off more than people attempting a 200 plus yard shot with their 30-30. Even if you are lucky, a direct hit will not drop a deer at that range so again I say, DONT TAKE THE SHOT. It is cruel to the deer and idiotic for the hunter.

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from Bill Hyneman wrote 29 weeks 4 days ago

I guess the best way to say this is to know your rifle and it's capabilities or don't use it. A 30-30 is a good gun and outstanding for shots of 100 yards or less, particularly in thick brush because it is a carbine and easy to carry and swing around into firing position however those guns have also wounded more deer and other animals than any other gun in history and most of that is because people attempt shots they never should and just end up by wounding the animal and it will suffer immeasurably before it finally dies. If you want to take shots greater than 100 yards, a 30-06 or a 270 are by far the way to go.

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