D15 Rifle and Caliber

Blueman

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Hello All,

I haven't been able to post here as much as I would have liked when I joined up due to family and work obligations, but I have a question for those familiar with the D15 rifle season. I have a mid 20th Century Winchester M94 in 30-30 Win. that I would like to try out this coming deer season . I know its rather limited on range, but for economic reasons, I probably won't be able to acquire another rifle and scope before the start of the season. I have done some light scouting already in an area of D15 I might be inclined try out. Due to the thick vegetation, my thoughts are that if a rare shot on a legal buck were to present itself, the range wouldn't be that far. A light quick handling carbine with open sights might work . Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated from those familiar or who have had success in this zone.
 

Truduct

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More deer have been shot with a 30-30 than any other caliber. Use what you have and put a deer in the freezer. If you put a Vortex Diamondback 2-7 on it for $120 you will have a gun capable of making ethical kills out to 200 yards no problem. With modern bullets you have a great deer gun. Most of your shots will be under 200 yards anyways plus closing the distance on an animal is one of the best parts.
 

ilovesprig

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Blue,

Totally agree with Drew (statement above).....Most your shots will be close.....Just think archery.....Stealth, camo, and wind.....Your iron sights will be more than efficient inside of 100 yds.
 
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SurfNHuntSD

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Give it a go. I have the same rifle and it's very accurate with just iron sights, shooting Hornady Leverevolution 160 grain. I haven't shot a deer with it but a couple friends take pigs regularly with theirs, in similar close quarters hunting situations. Heck, now you got me thinking of using it to fill a doe tag next season.
 

msailor

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I agree as well my first rifle was my grandfathers Winchester 32 special. Not much different than a 30-30 and yes still have it. Great brush gun and open sites are not that bad. Daniel Boone shot a lot of bare with open sites!!


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