Most everyone hunts with a bolt gun now, almost all Ruger M77's or Hawkeye's but that little 30-30 sure handles nice and shoots as nice as it did when I bought it in H.S. back in the 70's,
Can't speak for new Marlins, but any of the calibers they are chambered in may not be glamorous by today's standards but they will make anything just as dead.
Hit something with the pumpkin size slug from a 45-70 rumbling along and the stuffing will come out of it pretty quick.
shoot straight and shoot often. GF
Buddy of mine wanted to go to Cabela's and buy of bunch of fishing stuff for next season. I went along for the ride and spent most of the time in the gun department, looking at this and that, and looking at the Marlin 336.
It seemed kind of "junky", quite frankly.
Maybe I'm just used to the precision of a nice bolt action rifle, or even my Dad's old Winchester 94 32 Special. The Marlin 336 was certainly LIGHT IN WEIGHT, no doubt about that. But I think it had a synthetic stock and the action seemed all ratchety and not smooth at all. I really didn't like the gun and I most certainly will not be buying one.
Kind of "disappointing", really......
I'll have to print this out and have a look-see when I get home tonight.
SAY....are you trying to diminish my enthusiasm for purchasing yet another firearm?!?!?
*insert little red flaming guy emoticon*
Yeah, I could see adding one of those to the collection.
As far as the 30-30 caliber, lemme tell ya, I've been shooting 30.06 (Remington 700BDL and Browning BAR) as well as 35 Whelen (Remington 700CDL) for the past 30 years or so and either of those calibers are "way more than enough" for whitetail at the distances you mention. In my own whitetail hunting (Nicolet National Forest) many shots are at less than 50 yards. I've shot whitetail at 10-15 yards. At those distances, the 30.06 is plenty and the 35 Whelen borders on "gross overkill".
The last deer I shot (a doe) went approximately 0.8 inches after being shot with the 35 Whelen at 20-25 yards.
It would be nice to add a lever action gun to the collection. I have my Dad's old Winchester Model 94 in 32 Special but, being a top ejector, I can't mount a scope on it without hacking the gun all up (my LL colleagues convinced me to not "butcher" my old 32 by adding a scope). I like the certainty of putting the crosshairs on the chest and BLAMMO, dinner is served.
Marlin Model 336 30-30 hey?
I'm going to check this out.
The 30-30 is a very good deer caliber out to 150 yards with standard ammo. I have used it with very good success in a Marlin 336 and now my sister bought mine from me and killed a number of deer with it.
Back in the 1950s and 1960s the 30-30 was the #1 deer killing caliber out there. My dad and grandfather killed a HUGE number of deer with that caliber back in the day. Deer now are not any larger, stronger, or tougher to kill, so it should work very well for you. The primary reason I don't use it anymore myself (having bought a 270) is because I hunt marshes and field edges where 200+ yard shots are fairly common. The 270 is better for those. But, if your shots will all be closer, the 30-30 is an excellent choice.