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Old September 5, 2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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hunting with a 30 carbine

Does anybody hunt with a 30 carbine besides me? I have a Universal, but it is a good accurate shooter. I have bunny hunted with it, and I plan on short range coyote hunting, or what ever varmint that is in range.
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Old September 6, 2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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My favorite "just for fun" gun of all time. Mines a "45 Rocky. With handloads using Reminington soft points or (better yet) Winchester hollow points it's more than good enough for coyotes and even jack rabbits.
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Old September 6, 2012, 12:59 PM   #3
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I owned 2 of'm at different times. With a FMJ bullet they do ok for shooting small game to eat. If you can find a SP or HP that will expand they do ok on coyote sized vermin.
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Old September 6, 2012, 01:52 PM   #4
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I have several boxes of hp's and sp's as well as fmj. It is legal to shoot deer with it, but it's not enough gun for a brisket shot.
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Old September 6, 2012, 02:34 PM   #5
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I've killed WT Deer, small Hill Country deer, with a .357. I'm not comfortable with anything lighter than that.
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Old September 6, 2012, 03:55 PM   #6
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I don't know where it is now but somewhere, I have a picture of my father with a Water Buffalo he killed with a M1 Carbine and mil ball during WWII in the South Pacific.

Not to be out done, I killed one in Vietnam with a M16a1 with M-193 ball.

IF you limit your range to 100 yards, using soft point bullets the carbine round is plenty for deer.

In normal loadings the 30 cal M1 has more energy then the 357 mag.
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Old September 6, 2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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kraigway, Isn't a water buffalo considered dangerous game?? I know the 30 carbine can be loaded to produce a little over 1000 fp which is considered minimum for dear. I would like to say I did, but I don't want to wound one and not recover it.
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Old September 6, 2012, 04:20 PM   #8
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No sir,

You're thinking cape buffalo.

Don't think I'd use a 30 cal on cape buffalo, I have a 375 H&H, 416 Rigby and a 458 WM for that.
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Old September 6, 2012, 04:26 PM   #9
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I know cape buffalo are ornery, dangerous, and hard to kill, I just didn't know exactly what water buffalo are. I still wouldn't want to tick one off unless I was armed with your 458.
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Old September 6, 2012, 04:35 PM   #10
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I have a good friend and hunting buddy that owns an M1 carbine. We have hunted (erradicated) rabbits and skunks with it, and hunted small pigs. He has also taken a few small(er) deer with it. It is a very nifty little gun, and I look forward to owning one some day.

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Old September 6, 2012, 10:11 PM   #11
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I killed my first deer with a 30 carbine using Winchester hollow point ammo. One heart shot on a SMALL mule deer buck at 100 yards. The bullet barely made it into the heart and stopped there.
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Old September 7, 2012, 02:05 PM   #12
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I have killed most of my deer with a 357 magnum carbine. Power wise the 30 and the 357 from a carbine are very similar. I think you should be fine if you can place your shots.

Most of my shots on deer with the 357 are from my back porch using the rail and a lawn chair like a bench. Never had one go farther than 15 yards. Shot deer from a rand of 20-60 yards most of the time.

When I am actually out walking around to hunt I use a 45/70...
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Old September 7, 2012, 02:27 PM   #13
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Are the 357's loaded for a rifle, or are they factory? As far as I know there are no 357's loaded specifically for a rifle. If there are I would like to know.
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Old September 7, 2012, 03:07 PM   #14
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When I was in Jr high and high school it seemed that every country kid I knew (myself included) had one. We killed jackrabbits and coyotes with them, and also shot them like "big 22s"
Ammo was really cheap then. We bought it by the case at Sears and Western Auto.
Then one day all the surplus ammo dried up and we could no longer afford to shoot our M-1 Carbines and most of us (myself included again ) sold them off or traded them off.
I had a WW2 Inland. It was fun. They were cheap and easy to find then. They sure are not now.
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Old September 7, 2012, 03:41 PM   #15
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Yeah, the price went crazy for the real ones. That's why I ended up with a Universal carbine. It does have a walnut stock and top piece (or what ever it's called). It is reliable and accurate for what I would expect for this gun.
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Old September 7, 2012, 03:56 PM   #16
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as far as the hunting loads of 357 that are simular to a 30 carbine there are some hot factory loads such as buffalo bore 158 grain bullets at 2150FPS or you can hand load and get pretty close with that using slower powder.

https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=102

the 357 magnum gains alot of power from longer barrels unlike most semiautomatic pistol rounds. that is a bit over 1600 foot pounds of energy. Buffalo bore is very good about publishing accurate numbers.

my personal loads are not quite that hot but they still do pretty good. I can get 1950FPS from the same barrel length.

and no they are just normal loads, I also know of no 357 magnum rounds loaded specifically for rifles.
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Old September 7, 2012, 04:00 PM   #17
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Not to be out done, I killed one in Vietnam with a M16a1 with M-193 ball.
Kraigwy, does that mean that you shot some poor farmer's beast of burden, or was there such a thing as wild Water Buffalo in Viet Nam? I know that Australia has wild (Ferrel) Water Buffalo, but do not know if V.N. has.
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Old September 7, 2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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Kraigwy, does that mean that you shot some poor farmer's beast of burden, or was there such a thing as wild Water Buffalo in Viet Nam?
Yeah they were domestic beast of burden to Vientamse, but those suckers hated GIs. We had more then one guy get medivaced because of those critters.
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Old September 7, 2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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Indiana's odd caliber/ammo regs make 30 Carbine NOT legal for hunting, same with 38 Special, but 357 magnum is in either a handgun or a rifle. Go Figure.
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Old September 7, 2012, 05:07 PM   #20
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I've heard of states outlawing 30 carbine, or 22 centerfire. I understand their intentions like good little bureaucrats. I believe P.O Ackley designed a 23 caliber wildcat just to be cute.
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Old September 7, 2012, 07:24 PM   #21
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Wyoming out laws any 224 cal ammo or any CF ammo less then 2 inches in length, which lets out the 30 Cal and 357, even in a rifle.

A cartritge has to develope 500 ft lbs of energy at 100 yards. The 357 is out there also.

But, the 44 mag is good to go in a revolver or rifle as long as its delivers 500 ft lbs of energy (a 44 mag is presumed to meet that criteria).

Go Figure.
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Old September 7, 2012, 07:44 PM   #22
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But, the 44 mag is good to go in a revolver or rifle as long as its delivers 500 ft lbs of energy (a 44 mag is presumed to meet that criteria).

Go Figure.
The only thing that comes to mind is that the 44 revolver won't be used at the ranges that someone with a 357 rifle. Maybe that's what's rattling around in their bureaucratic pee brains.
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Old September 7, 2012, 08:08 PM   #23
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30 carbine is 2000fps. Daughter harvested a small mulie with her blackhawk in 30 carbine. Range was 40 yds. using 110 gr sp.
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Old September 7, 2012, 08:40 PM   #24
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I knew a WWII vet who killed a lot of deer with an M1 Carbine. I questioned him about it once and he pointed out that it killed a lot of Germans so he was sure it would take a deer.

He received a Bronze Star in WWII which would likely have been a MOH today so the man knew what he was talking about and doing.

It wouldn't be my first round of choice for deer. However, I think we have gone caliber/power crazy in the last 30 years with what is "needed" for things.
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Old September 7, 2012, 09:39 PM   #25
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w748 said

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My favorite "just for fun" gun of all time. Mines a "45 Rocky
I always wanted a Rockola. A genuine service carbine made by a jukebox company. There just getting so expensive, so for now I will settle for my Universal.

I just might try it on a whitetail Just so I can say I did. I hope to get off 2 or 3 shots since the recoil is light enough.
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