In defense of the 30-30 winchester the sixgun simple and easy ways to make money journal

With the turn of another century well behind us, the development of rifles and cartridges continues with the trend simple and easy ways to make money toward bigger, hotter, and flatter shooting rounds. Today it is no trick at all to find a simple and easy ways to make money basic bolt-action that throws big, boat-tail spitzers close to 3000 feet per second. While they are entertaining to read about and probably fun simple and easy ways to make money to shoot, I hardly ever hunt brick outhouses at a mile and simple and easy ways to make money a half.

The availability of all this heavy hardware leads some to simple and easy ways to make money question the usefulness of the old standard offerings and the simple and easy ways to make money 30-30 winchester has suffered its share of derision. I still hear an occasional “expert” say that they are no good past 50 yards and simple and easy ways to make money tell stories of cronies who emptied one into a big simple and easy ways to make money buck- only to have him run away and be seen the simple and easy ways to make money following year. I believe these tales can generally be placed in one simple and easy ways to make money of two categories- “baldface lies” and the “chronicles of them what can’t shoot”.

The lever-action 30-30’s virtues are many. New rifles are available at moderate prices and used specimens simple and easy ways to make money can be found at about a third the price of simple and easy ways to make money a really nice sporter. The more recent versions are capable of mounting a scope simple and easy ways to make money over the bore and even the old lever-actions are adaptable to receiver sights. The rifles are mechanically accurate enough for any sensible hunting simple and easy ways to make money chore. I have put many a winchester or marlin on paper simple and easy ways to make money at 100 yards, and the vast majority would place three shots in two simple and easy ways to make money inches or less with good sights or a low-powered scope. Many would hold close to one MOA and a couple simple and easy ways to make money have been scary accurate. The groups in this target were fired with the post-64 rifle above using the factory iron sights.

Ammunition for the 30-30 is available anywhere and remains economical compared to other simple and easy ways to make money hunting cartridges. Still, reloading the 30-30 is a worthwhile endeavor and the best-shooting loads I have ever fired were born of my simple and easy ways to make money battered old pacific press. Brass is abundant and the cartridge lends itself well to simple and easy ways to make money reloading. Go easy on the case lube and spring for a simple and easy ways to make money factory crimp die, which preempts a lot of problems associated with case length. It does not eliminate the need to trim entirely. Best accuracy comes with sorting cases by manufacturer. Do NOT try to make the 30-30 into a brevet magnum by overloading it. If you can shoot, you probably don’t need the extra powder anyhow. If you do need it, pass on the 30-30 and buy more rifle to begin with.

When the 30 WCF arrived on the scene in 1895, with its 160 grain bullet at 1900 feet per second, it was viewed as a fine long-range hunting rifle and it quickly established itself as a simple and easy ways to make money reliable killer. Today, this seems ridiculous; but consider that its predecessors posted velocities in the 1300-1600 fps range, and it all comes into perspective. It was far easier to punch the boiler room at simple and easy ways to make money 200-250 yards with the flat-shooting winchester. I have fooled with the 30-30 to about 330 yards and I can see why simple and easy ways to make money westerners soon came to like it.

Yes, lawmen- and that application is by no means limited to the simple and easy ways to make money last century. I have a few decades behind a badge, and many miles traveled, with a 94 winchester within easy reach. Its presence has been comfort to me and a terror simple and easy ways to make money to the few wayward souls who got a social introduction simple and easy ways to make money to it. An awful lot of people have seen the 30-30 do its dirty work on junk dogs and deer; and they want no part of that on the third simple and easy ways to make money button of their shirt. For criminals in and behind autos, I am convinced that it beats a .223 all hollow. There are far worse choices in a defensive carbine and simple and easy ways to make money no less an authority than jeff cooper noted that fact.

As a handy hunting rifle to about 200 yards, the 30-30 excels. It has ample power for the clean harvesting of deer simple and easy ways to make money at that distance, provided that the shot is well placed. This requires usable sights and considerable practice. Getting the most from your lever-gun requires careful regulation of those sights, a common-sense approach to their use at various distances and the simple and easy ways to make money restraint to pass up shots where a specific, vital area of the target cannot be engaged with confidence. Confidence is the product of practice.

Several years ago I was hunting with a 94 winchester simple and easy ways to make money made in the 1970’s, fitted with a williams “foolproof” receiver sight, and a fine blade mounted up front. Which I had zeroed for 200 yards with 150 grain simple and easy ways to make money winchester factory loads. I was still-hunted a heavily-wooded waterway, between two big bean fields, and I was sure I’d heard a deer moving around timber. But frankly I was cold, tired of the rain, and ready to go home for the morning. I was slogging out uphill over the harvested field, when I stopped on a terrace to catch my breath. As I rested I looked back at the timber and simple and easy ways to make money saw a nice fork-horn buck, walking out from the trees.

Going prone on the muddy terrace, I guessed the buck to be about 250 yards, so I held the tip of the front sight on simple and easy ways to make money the top edge of his shoulder as I waited a simple and easy ways to make money few seconds to get my breathing under control. The buck turned nearly broadside, and lowered his head to forage. I pressed the trigger and as the rifle bucked I simple and easy ways to make money heard the solid impact of the bullet. The buck stumbled forward a step and fell on his simple and easy ways to make money chin. The slug had taken a 1″ section of bone out, upon exiting his shoulder. After the advent of google earth I ranged that shot simple and easy ways to make money at about 235 yards. My ballistics charts tell me that a 150 grain winchester simple and easy ways to make money silvertip has slowed to around 1600 fps, but it was enough to accomplish the task at hand.

I used the old-school winchester 150 grain silvertip and power-point for decades and have seen enough deer fall to simple and easy ways to make money them to be confident in their effectiveness. The last 20 years saw the old 30-30 get a boost with new powders and factory loads simple and easy ways to make money like the ‘ballistic’ silvertip, nosler’s partition and hornady’s leverevolution. These are nice additions but I don’t see them as critical to the survival of the simple and easy ways to make money cartridge or rifles that fire it.

In its heyday, common 30-30 loads were used on all manner of game including simple and easy ways to make money some large, irritable species with a propensity for vacuuming the human gene simple and easy ways to make money pool. In 1895 john horton of kalispel, MT used one to kill a huge grizzly that had simple and easy ways to make money terrorized that area, killing men and cattle, for nearly 20 years. In 1965, a world-record grizzly fell to one .30/30 bullet fired by jack turner. In dire circumstances we use what we have. While dangerous game is not the forte of the little simple and easy ways to make money cowboy gun, a 30-30 lever action is handy enough to always have along. For all the developments in ammunition for this cartridge, I’m a little disappointed that nobody makes a flat-nosed, heavy-jacket FMJ bullet more suitable to these purposes.

It is great fun to explode jugs of water at simple and easy ways to make money 400 yards with a necked-down lightning bolt and for quarter-mile hunting, the 30-30 is a waste of time. But about 85% of real-world rifle chores can be handled by a good shot simple and easy ways to make money with a 94 winchester and 110 years of technological advances simple and easy ways to make money hasn’t changed that. If you see beauty in utility, it is the sophia loren of hunting rifles.

For many years I have had nothing but disdain for simple and easy ways to make money the lowly 30-30. I wondered why any thinking individual would want a slow simple and easy ways to make money round ball hurling at less than impressive speeds when a simple and easy ways to make money 308 could do the job better. After receiving one in poor condition in return for payment simple and easy ways to make money for some smith work I had done I restored the simple and easy ways to make money post 64 top eject that looked as though it had simple and easy ways to make money spent much of life as a tomato stake. I figured I would refinish and resell it in short simple and easy ways to make money order. After fondling it and doing some reading I started to simple and easy ways to make money like the way it felt. It was slim and light and easy to handle. I loaded some shells for it and headed to the simple and easy ways to make money range with the stock open sights and made a few simple and easy ways to make money adjustments. With the stock sights I put 3 rounds repeatedly in simple and easy ways to make money under 1 1/2 inches. It is the ak-47 of the west. I just can’t seem to let it go now. I just came across a 94 pack gun with a simple and easy ways to make money walnut stock and a burris scope and decided to add simple and easy ways to make money it to my collection. Carrying one of these in the trunk of your car simple and easy ways to make money in our politically correct anti gun atmosphere turns much fewer simple and easy ways to make money heads than an AR or an AK evil black guns simple and easy ways to make money out there and is just as, or even more effective. A whitetail will never know the difference if it was simple and easy ways to make money a super magnum oober thumper or if it was the simple and easy ways to make money 30-30 that ended it days. Thanks for the article reflecting on a great rifle that simple and easy ways to make money will hopefully remain appreciated for many years to come.

“…I can recall instances where morons were taking potshots at simple and easy ways to make money folks from what would be considered long range in defensive simple and easy ways to make money circles. Even had such an exchange myself late one night involving simple and easy ways to make money some drunk coon (I suppose) hunters some 200 yards away, where they had stopped along my creek to raise hell. My dogs heard the ruckus and woke me up. They had lit themselves up; I hadn’t. I yelled, from behind a tree, that they were trespassing and to get moving along, our brief exchange of words soon turned into cursing and simple and easy ways to make money threats, spiced with a barrage of what sounded like .22 semi-auto fire up the hill toward the sound of my simple and easy ways to make money voice.”

“four rounds of 30-30, directed into the hillside about 50 yards above them, resolved the matter w/o apparent bloodshed; or at least the deputy and I didn’t find any blood among the dropped booze, .22 casings and garbage left in their wake. He seemed to find it all rather humorous and mentioned simple and easy ways to make money to me later that is was the talk of bars simple and easy ways to make money and coffee shops for several weeks.”

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