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Thread: What bolt rifles were offered in 30-30?

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    What bolt rifles were offered in 30-30?

    Only ones that come to my mind were the Savage 325/340 and the Remington 788. I'm sure there were more of them. I've always wanted a 788 in 30-30 but they seem to be pretty scarce. I've seen a few Savages but not sure how reliable they would be. What are your thoughts on the various 30-30 bolt guns?

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    The Winchester Model 54 was cataloged in .30-30; no idea how many were actually produced.
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    I liked the Savage I had Ms killed hog with it . I keep reading about the extractor being a fail part but never had an issue .

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    Practical folks get a .308 or 30-06 and load to 30-30 level.
    Good for them.
    Rem 788s and Win 54s were always just out of my reach.
    My desire won out so I rebarreled a 1916 Spanish Mauser to 30-30 and it is one of my favorite rifles.
    It'll never happen but I think the Ruger American would sell in 30-30 if they chambered it so.
    I've owned 2 of the Savage/Stevens bolt actions but never warmed to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    Practical folks get a .308 or 30-06 and load to 30-30 level.
    Good for them.
    Rem 788s and Win 54s were always just out of my reach.
    My desire won out so I rebarreled a 1916 Spanish Mauser to 30-30 and it is one of my favorite rifles.
    It'll never happen but I think the Ruger American would sell in 30-30 if they chambered it so.
    I've owned 2 of the Savage/Stevens bolt actions but never warmed to them.

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    I've got a Swedish that I'd like to convert to .308. Maybe a 20" med. contour tube, globe front sight and peep rear. With a fine trigger it would be great for long range pot shots. Probably make the most sense to just rebarrel it in 6.5.
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    I paid $69 for my used 788 30-30.
    A few months before I bought a 788 in 44 Mag for $65 new.
    I have owned 3 different 340 Savages. All cost about $65.
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    No more than a year ago I watched a 788 in 30-30 sell for 1000$ and a 44 go for 2100 at a sale. Neat as they may be I consider that a bit high. The 340 is still going for sub 200$ around here.

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    I had an uncle who owned one. He didn't hunt with it, that I'm aware of, but a couple of his sons, as teenagers hunting deer down on my grandparents' farm would on occasion use it. I haven't seen that gun in nearly 40 years but I think it's probably still in his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlchucker View Post
    I had an uncle who owned one. He didn't hunt with it, that I'm aware of, but a couple of his sons, as teenagers hunting deer down on my grandparents' farm would on occasion use it. I haven't seen that gun in nearly 40 years but I think it's probably still in his family.
    While I was typing a bunch of other responses came in. My own response was about a Winchester Model 54 in 30-30, just to clarify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDG View Post
    I paid $69 for my used 788 30-30.
    A few months before I bought a 788 in 44 Mag for $65 new.
    I have owned 3 different 340 Savages. All cost about $65.
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    I have a Savage 340A in 30-30. Its a hoot to shoot. It eats everything. Just got done doing a light trigger job on it a few weeks ago. Now it is even more fun.
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    The little Savage 340s are better rifles than they are given credit for. Scope mounting really isn't a problem, Sun Optics makes a good machined aluminum one piece mount that is better than the traditional Weavers.

    I have a 788 I got for $00 even about three years ago and as much as I have liked the 788s I've owned, couldn't really justify having another bolt action .30 caliber and I generally liked my 340 better so it went down the road.

    If it was me, I'd get a Savage 340 if I had to scratch a bolt action .30-30 itch.

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    When my daughter started hunting she was 13 and used my Marlin 30-30 CB. She got a few deer with it over the few years she used it. I wanted it back, as I gave it to her to use and ended up working over a Chilean Mauser converted to 300 Savage (it was rebarreled with a Remington barrel) A Savage 340 would have been an excellent choice for her and they are a bit scarce around here. Most "kids guns" are cut down 243's or something along that line. A 30-30 would be an excellent choice for that market. Ammo costs alone are attractive.

    While Texas Shooter has a point about using reduced recoil loads in a 308 or 06, the 30-30 has certain attractions in itself. Ammo is cheap enough that it takes a lot of shooting to pay for reloading for one. The 30-30 is about one of the best cast bullet cartridges around. Its more limited case capacity and longer neck really facilitate cast bullets. I have read more than one testimonial as to how accurate a Savage 340 or Rem 788 is with cast. I have a 32-20 and enjoy using it with its normal loadings. While I could load down a 30-30 to those levels there is a certain advantage to the smaller case. Same principle as loading down a bigger cartridge to 30-30. They would also benefit using the new Hornady LE's.

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    The Ruger American Ranch carbine in 7.62x39 is probably 'more available' than the unjustly much-maligned Savage 340 (I haven't seen one for sale at a gun show hereabouts in maybe 40 years) but oh my! the COST!!! CDN$700 out the door here is a 'good' price. Handload ballistics can be similar with cast: the Lyman Handbook says so.
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    Back in the 30's Savage made the Super Sporter Model 40 and 45, in cal. 250-3000, 30-30, 30-06 and I think.303 Sav or 300 Savage. I have a 30-30 and killed my last deer with it. The model 45's with the factory reciever sights are really nice rifles.

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    theres is also a stevens( and savage) model 325. i know that is nothing more than a savage model 340, but what the heck....
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    I have 2 Savage Super Sporters in 30-30 love them! one with the receiver sight and one that has been drilled and tapped for a scope. Both are superbly accurate.

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    I think Husqvarna(sp?) made a rifle in 30-30. It was a single shot but technically a bolt action.

    Or, maybe it was a bolt action the was technically a single shot.

    I don't know about the semantics, I do know that I have always wanted one.

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    I have a Remington-Lee sporter in 30-30. Currently being saved from a tough life but will remain 30-30.
    Not one you'll come accross in any of it's offered calibers very often but a 30-30 bolt action sporter none the less

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    Quote Originally Posted by sghart3578 View Post
    I think Husqvarna(sp?) made a rifle in 30-30. It was a single shot but technically a bolt action.

    Or, maybe it was a bolt action the was technically a single shot.

    I don't know about the semantics, I do know that I have always wanted one.
    I have been keeping my eyes open for a 91 Mauser with a washed-out barrel just to create a rifle like you speak of. I would rebarrel it to 30-30, machine a feed tray and solder or epoxy it in place. The bolt face would have to be opened up a bit but the extractor should snap over the 30- 30s rim with minor modfication. Then I would remove the bottom metal and patch the hole with Walnut and slim the stock down to Sporter profile. I should end up with a very light well-balanced stalking rifle.
    The 30-30 is just such a wonderful cartridge that it shouldn't be limited to single shots and lever actions. I know Savage made the model 170 pump action 30-30 but it is a poor design in my opinion.

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