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    High wall in 30-30

    Hello friends,

    I am growing more fond of single shot rifles. I really like casting, loading and shooting 30-30. And I like the looks of Winchester's highwall design.

    How common are highwalls in 30-30? I check Gunbroker and other places and they are practically non-existent.

    Am I wasting my time on an impossible dream?

    Thanks in advance.


    Steve in N CA

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    If you want an original, they are very uncommon in .30-30. Iíve seen a few originals in .30-40, but the only .30-30s Iíve seen were a couple of aftermarket rebuilds.

    Best bet would be to find an action or wreck you could have rebarreled in .30-30, or get one of those Uberti Highwalls and have it rebored or relined.

    Properly set up, the cartridge is very accurate. A friend had a Martini-Enfield that somebody had put a heavy barrel onto, chambered in .30-30. He never loaded any cast boolits in it, but it shot factory ammo like a target rifle.

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    Bent Ramrod,

    Thanks for the info. I wouldn't mind a reproduction of course. An Italian rifle is no problem for me.

    I have a Pedersoli Sharps and it is excellent.

    I read somewhere that Uberti made a highwall chambered in 30-30. Did I read that wrong? Or maybe my memory is wrong.

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    My Browning Model 1885 is chambered in 30-06, and came with no sights. I drilled and tapped the barrel for a front sight, and added a Williams aperture rear sight. The front sight I installed (a silver blade from Track of the Wolf), is a bit short, and I can't zero the rifle with full-power 30-06 ammo. So I download it to 30-30 equivalent, and shoot 170 - 200 grain bullets at around 2100 fps. It works out fine. Just FYI.

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    I believe C Sharps offers their Highwall reproduction in 30-30. I know 38-55 is there. These are fine rifles with a lot of options to chose from.

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    For your money you'll get a true High Wall from C. Sharps. Although my Browning looks like a High Wall, internally it is very different. IMHO, neither better nor worse, but just different.

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    Considering how prolific the 1885 in .30-40 is, compared to how rare a .30-30 is; I'd consider buying one in .30-40 instead. The brass is cheap still, and plentiful. You can load it to the same specs and it would do whatever the .30-30 did and more. Unless you're just dead set on it being a .30-30.

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    Good point. The Krag cartridge has a nice long neck, like the 30-30. Excellent choice.

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    Browning made a run of their Traditional Hunter model in 30-30 some years back. It is their version of the Hi-Wall with a tang sight and heavy half round, half octagon 26" bbl. I have one and it is super accurate. If you do your stuff right, and have good Karma on the day you shoot it, it is a reliable MOA cast bullet rifle.
    Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. It is just my opinion based on my experience and knowledge. Your mileage may vary.

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    I have an 1885 Browning in 30-30 with the long range sights... They only made 300... PM me if you want to talk.... Dale

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    I also have one of the Browning Traditional Hunter Hi Wall rifles in 30-30. Often wondered how many they made for this cartridge. Mine has a short throat and I have difficulty chambering my powder coated cast boolits in it when they're seated to the crimp groove.

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    Here are a few pics...

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    I am not good on a computer....

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    I'll try again....Click image for larger version. 

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    Pardon if I am hijacking this thread... But Denver.. How and what does your rifle shoot? Mine is a safe queen.....

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    Uberti did make a low wall in 30-30 ,have one and it shoots good .Its a nice light lil rifle just not fond of the red stain they slather the wood with LOL

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