An 8 pt. Whitetail deer is standing still, broadside to you. You have a Winchester Model 94 or Marlin Model 336C (your choice) in .30-30?
with open factory sights. The carbine is loaded with Remington Green and Yellow 150 gr. Core-Lokt bullets (not Leverrevolution). You are standing, firing offhand. How far away can the deer be, for you to have a 90 per cent chance of hitting it (the deer will stand still for 5 more seconds.)
* With me, that distance is 60-70 yards. I know, because I have done it.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Do NOT buy a Marlin! Marlin is own by Remington and production was moved from the Marlin factory to the Remingtons! The Marlin factory made a excellent gun but Remington has serious quality control problems. Unless you can find a older Marlin made in a Marlin factory I would go with something else.
- daniel gLv 71 month ago
The sight is the liability here. Maybe 100 yards or 150 with a peep sight.
200 yards is about tops with any sight.
- JohnLv 41 month ago
FORGET all that nonsense about the .30-30 being a 150 yard deer rifle. With a scope, the STANDARD cartridge will have enough stopping power to get the job done on a whitetail deer out to 200 yards -PERIOD
To answer the question, it isn't a matter of stopping power. It's a matter of being able to place a good shot with the naked eye (using open sights). Therefore, such a feat is possible out to 100 to 125 yards, but no more.
- Adam DLv 71 month ago
I would take that shot out to 100 yards.
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- Staap ItLv 71 month ago
Being honest, I have only once in my life fired a shot at a Deer. That was to help a young boy recover the one he shot on his Dad's Property.
I would run grab my camera. NOT a firearm. I have mostly lived with Deer in our front yard all my life.
- C T MLv 71 month ago
I have a clear line of sight of 100 yards exactly behind my house. (I have laser range findered it) I've shot enough 30-30 at 100 yards offhand as you describe to be sure I could kill a deer at that distance. I would prefer 60 to 70 yards of course.
- BBeanLv 71 month ago
60-70 yards is realistic in my area with any rifle because of heavy undergrowth.