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Gadabout
07-17-2010, 02:59 PM
Thinking about using the Ruger mini 30 in 30 cal for Calif deer hunting this year. Anyone have an opinion.

DUNNIGAN JIM
07-17-2010, 07:11 PM
My dad shot several whitetail w/30cal. carbine . Make sure you are not shooting more then 100 yards. Go get um..

smithstation
07-19-2010, 09:34 PM
A mini-30 has about the same trajectory as a 30-30. Great guns for out to 100+ yards. Just focus on shot placement and accuracy. I killed my first buck with a 30-30 at 100yds. and he walked about 10 feet and fell over dead. Good luck!!

1969glasspar
10-12-2010, 02:31 AM
Ey a ruger mini 30 should be nice.. Just don't use a mini 14 cause it is small..
Actually a 30 carbine is extremely weak, with a 110 grain bullet average energy at 100yds is 600 ft/lbs. A mini 14/223 rem. with a 75 grain bullet has over 1200 ft/lbs of energy at 100 yds, you would get much better penetration as long as you selected the right bullet.
I guess if your referring to caliber and wound channel size you would be correct. I just can't stand how everyone knocks the 223, it is a great hunting round. Kind of the same thing with the 357mag. drives me nuts:unfair5zy:

conron
10-13-2010, 06:48 PM
Actually a 30 carbine is extremely weak, with a 110 grain bullet average energy at 100yds is 600 ft/lbs. A mini 14/223 rem. with a 75 grain bullet has over 1200 ft/lbs of energy at 100 yds, you would get much better penetration as long as you selected the right bullet.
I guess if your referring to caliber and wound channel size you would be correct. I just can't stand how everyone knocks the 223, it is a great hunting round. Kind of the same thing with the 357mag. drives me nuts:unfair5zy:
The Mini 30 is not a 30 cal carbine round,it is a 7.62X39 MM same Rd. as the SKS & AK-47 use and as stated above it has about the same ballistics as the 30-30 Win. When used with the 128gr.sp ammo it is a much better round for deer sized game then the 223 rem. The 223 is a good round for coyotes and the smaller varmits. Shooting anything bigger is in my opinion only,not very responsible.

1969glasspar
10-14-2010, 04:58 AM
I stand corrected. I don't know why I have always thought the mini 30 to be chambered for the 30 carbine. well then... don't I feel like an ass. Bill

1969glasspar
10-14-2010, 05:58 AM
Oh ok, i think what had happened was I mixed it up with the m1 carbine chambered in the 30 carbine. If I remember right they have a similar action as the mini14/mini30 and the same stalk style as an old beat up ranch rifle style ruger.....my bad. Bill
PS-- and i think the .223 in the right hands is a responsible deer round. Practice practice practice, thats all it takes to ensure proper shot placement. Of course I agree with the fact that many other rounds are much more appropriate for deer. Heck my main deer rifle is a 30-06, which imo is overkill, bigtime.

conron
10-14-2010, 01:16 PM
Oh ok, i think what had happened was I mixed it up with the m1 carbine chambered in the 30 carbine. If I remember right they have a similar action as the mini14/mini30 and the same stalk style as an old beat up ranch rifle style ruger.....my bad. Bill
PS-- and i think the .223 in the right hands is a responsible deer round. Practice practice practice, thats all it takes to ensure proper shot placement. Of course I agree with the fact that many other rounds are much more appropriate for deer. Heck my main deer rifle is a 30-06, which imo is overkill, bigtime.

I agree with you 100% on the fact that a 223 with good shot placement such as the head or neck will take a deer no problem. I just think for the "average" deer hunter there are better calibers available. Your right about the 06 I pretty much used a 243 when I used to deer hunt in Calif. in the old days prior to zones and such.

1969glasspar
10-15-2010, 05:53 AM
Yah i definately should look into getting a 243, thier potent, fast and flat. Perfect for these ca blacktails