Ep 19: 30-30 Winchester

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The 30-30 Winchester – Still Going Strong A Century Later


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When they close their eyes and try to imagine a deer rifle that best represents classic Americana, many hunters likely picture a lever-action chambered in .30-30 Winchester. That shouldn’t be surprising because after all, the .30-30 Winchester has been around for well over a century and has arguably taken more deer in United States than any other cartridge.

In this episode, I discuss why the .30-30 Winchester remains so popular after all of these years despite its advanced age.

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What We Covered

1) History of the .30-30 Winchester

2) How the cartridge compares to the .30-06 in terms of external dimensions, trajectory, recoil, and accuracy

3) Overview of good .30-30 hunting ammo and rifle choices

4) Recommendations on hunting situations are best suited for the .30-30 Winchester

Show Resources

1) 30-30 Winchester: Still Relevant A Century Later – Blog article referenced in podcast


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If you have a 30-30 Winchester and a hankering to hunt black bear with it, then you should check out my other site, BigGameHuntingAdventures.com. We offer some great bear hunts up in Alberta that are an excellent opportunity to take a really nice black bear. These hunts also take place in terrain perfectly suited for the old 30-30. So, head over to BigGameHuntingAdventures.com to learn a little bit more about those hunts. Mention that you found about Big Game Hunting Adventures through The Big Game Hunting Podcast for a special bonus.