The Winchester 30-30 has been around for over a century and is still the most popular deer cartridge in the United States. Why has it become a bestseller after so many years, especially with all the modern shooting cartridges available to today’s hunters?
Here are some reasons for the popularity of the little “Thutty Thutty”.
For one thing, a gun with room for 30-30 is inexpensive compared to other guns with room for another round. It is not uncommon to find a 94 Winchester or Marlin 336 in good condition at a pawnshop for under $ 200. These guns can produce acceptable deer hunting accuracy up to 100 yards or more with little training.
Ammo for 30-30 generally costs a few dollars (nothing of significance) cheaper than other ammo. Bonus138
The 30-30 Winchester equipped with the light recoil rifle makes it desirable for new hunters, women and those who shoot a pistol only a few times a year not to mention the recoil sensitive hunters.
Finally, the game itself is a solid game. I think it’s safe to say 30-30 Winchester may have taken all that goes to North America.
Bullets from items 150 and 170 carry enough hits to get the deer within about 200 yards. Personally, if I had known there was going to be a hit, I would have used 170 shots or the new Hornady LeveRevolution.
Speaking of the new Hornady LeveRevolution, I haven’t used this round yet. But from what I have gathered from Hunters on the pitch and on the bulletin board, this round is all to mention. Shoot flat and hit hard.
For those of you who haven’t heard of LeveRevolution, they are pointed cartridges with a polymer crest designed for use in tubular magazines. The tip is soft and crumbles. Hornady and several gun writers have reported incredible accuracy of up to 250 meters with this new round.
I wouldn’t classify the Thutty Thutty as a Deer or Grizzly Bear round, but they fall at 30-30. I’ve read stories about some Black Bear Guides in Canada who favor the 30-30 over the rifle because of the handling characteristics and short-range stopping energy of the 170-round bullet.
Hunters using the Winchester 30-30 have several options when it comes to ammo.
Remington offers 125-grain accelerators, and most ammunition manufacturers offer 150-grain and 170-grain factory payloads. I always enjoy the 170 cereal offerings out of the 150 cereal offerings. Don’t ask me why, I prefer heavier bullets. LeveRevolution comes with a 160 grain tower tip.
For several years I have been using Remington 170 grain blanks. These are deadly deer predators! I stopped using it when I shot a big 8 point from about 80 yards. I then found a broken bullet in the farthest forefoot, a few inches above the elbow, which had a broken bone. I’m not crazy about finding my bullet pieces, even if my bullet is around and my leg is broken on the other side. I went back to 170 soft point bullets.
Many so-called professional gun writers have disparaged Thutty Thutty over the years, saying it doesn’t exceed 75 yards, isn’t accurate enough for deer hunting, etc. It’s clear he never took 30-30 or just borrowed one to write an article.
I have a theory as to why blunt-tipped bullets in bullets like 30-30 Winchesters kill more deer than many gun writers like. 303 British ammunition for sale
I believe that blunt-tipped bullets, whether round-tipped or flat-tipped, deliver more kinetic energy on impact than turret-tipped bullets. Even a polygon-tipped bullet must penetrate a certain depth before it begins to expand and transmit its kinetic energy force. Honestly, many of the pointy towers dissipate most of the kinetic energy on the ground on the other side of the beast.
Blunt-tipped bullets are also known for penetrating deeply. Combine that with the shock of a sudden blunt bullet and you have a recipe for killing game quickly.
Whether you’re considering buying a shotgun for your first hunter or buying a shotgun for yourself, don’t count the Winchester 30-30 and their built-in shotguns. They are perfect for first time hunters or for old farts who just want a lighter weight hunting pistol. Stick a quality scope in your shotgun and you’ve got a lifetime pistol that will bring Venison home when the shooter does his job!