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traction
09-03-2010, 7:54 PM
I have been scouring over old posts about the 788, but I am still unsure on what to do.

I am very new to firearms and hunting. I inherited a couple firearms from an uncle about 20 years ago. One of which is the 788 in 30-30. After looking up the date code the rifle is from 1967.

My question is: Before I invest any money for a scope mount and scope, should I sell or trade the 788 to obtain a different rifle for hunting? I have been bowhunting for deer, pig and bear...I would probably pursue the same animals.

Thank you for any help and suggestions.

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Fjold
09-03-2010, 8:01 PM
It will work great for California deer. It's not a 600 yard deer rifle but if you are used to bow hunting you certainly know how to get closer.

X-NewYawker
09-03-2010, 8:02 PM
30-30 has probably harvested more of those animals than almost any other cartridge. Scope Uncle's bolt gun and go to town -- perhaps get one of the reissued Redfield scopes to make it feel "period"

shadowofnight
09-03-2010, 8:13 PM
And if you dont reload, it would be a good time to start because you could use some really nice pointed spitzer type bullets that you just cant use in a tubular magazined lever gun.

Throw some 150 gr Nosler Ballistic tip bullets in those 30-30 reloads and your ballistics will really improve. I used to use them in my T/C Contender 30-30 pistol barrel and it made worlds of a difference.

BigJB
09-03-2010, 8:33 PM
Great gun for Ca hunting

traction
09-03-2010, 8:46 PM
Looks like the consensus is to go hunting with the 30-30. After reading about how accurate they can be, it sure sounds like I will be the weak link.

I am interested in reloading...thanks for the tip Shadowofnight.

Any suggestions on what kind of scope mount and scope? I am very new to rifles and appreciate the input.

shadowofnight
09-03-2010, 9:13 PM
http://egw-guns.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_128&products_id=257


Make sure you pick the Long action and not the extra long action mount.

Part number : 2060

Long Action - 3.00" (Middle Spread)calibers are - .222/.223/22-250/30-30


And then any number of the million picatinny rings available .

emcon5
09-03-2010, 9:17 PM
And I have yet to hear from someone who owned a 788 that wasn't a fan. Nice light, handy, accurate little rifle.

M. Sage
09-04-2010, 8:29 PM
I wouldn't bother with a scope. The max range you're going to want to take a shot is around 200 yards. It's more practical to expect and impose about a 100 yard limit, though. .30-30 is a great cartridge, but a .308 it isn't.

buffybuster
09-04-2010, 8:32 PM
M788 in 30-30 is an excellent rifle for deer out to about 250yds. Locate extra magazines, they can be hard to find and pricey when you find them. If you reload you can really wake up the 30-30 with Spitzer bullets (which cannot be used in a tubular magazine) but can be used in a box mag.

traction
09-05-2010, 9:18 PM
Wow, I sure hope it will do more than 100 yards. If that is all it will do I might as well just close the distance and use the bow.

After the majority of responses here and some research, I am already looking into locating spare magazines and I am assembling what I need to make up some spitzer bullets.

Thanks for the great tips. I definitely need them.

ADAM
09-05-2010, 9:50 PM
some of your shots will be 300 plus yards across canyons 30/30 wont do the trick

M. Sage
09-05-2010, 9:55 PM
Wow, I sure hope it will do more than 100 yards. If that is all it will do I might as well just close the distance and use the bow.

After the majority of responses here and some research, I am already looking into locating spare magazines and I am assembling what I need to make up some spitzer bullets.

Thanks for the great tips. I definitely need them.

Let me put it this way: Ballistics of .30-30 are on par with the 7.62x39mm in an AK. The more or less official max effective range on that is 300 yards, and a military isn't looking for a one-shot quick kill, just a good incapacitating hit. Even with spitzer bullets, it's not going to have an impressive amount of energy once it gets out 250-300 yards, and (I'm sure I don't have to remind you) as a hunter a humane kill is your responsibility.

IMO 200 in a hunting scenario is about the max you should even consider, but 100-150 is a pretty "safe" max range with a .30-30.

ADAM
09-05-2010, 10:05 PM
there will be times where you may have to take that long range shot or you wont have a second chance.for sure you need to practice at the range and in the field at your max comfort range, off season i will go to the mountains and take shots at 400 plus yard targets just to stay in tune. range and field are not the same so in a perfect case you can take deer at 300 range but 30/30 gives you no margin of error it just runs out of steam it is not humane to loose the animal

Trapper
09-05-2010, 10:21 PM
I've been hunting for 25+ years and have never taken a shot at a big game animal past 250yds. Get close, wait for a good broad side shot and your 30-30 will be fine.

stitchnicklas
09-05-2010, 10:42 PM
horandy makes a new 30-30 round that has a ballistic tip already,perfect for this rifle..