View Full Version : Ruger Mini 30

November 8, 2001, 03:53 PM
I bought a Ruger Mini 30(7.62*.39) today. I bought it to shot for fun but I would like to use it for deer as well. Does anyone have any experience with this rifle or cartrige on deer. I live and hunt in eastern TN and it is rare to have a shot over 100 yards. Thanks for the help.

November 8, 2001, 06:22 PM
I have taken several Deer with my Mini-thirty. Keep it under 100-yards and you will be fine. Don't use cheap surplus ammo, Pick your shots and have fun!


November 8, 2001, 07:58 PM
Thanks Mike. Which ammo have you had the best success with?

November 8, 2001, 08:45 PM
I've had good luck with Winchester Super X soft points. I think they are about 125 gr....or something like that. Happy Hunting!


November 9, 2001, 01:20 AM

I've take deer, boar, and coyote with my Mini 30 using Cor-Bon 150 grain soft points. They are loaded to about 2300 fps in the Mini. All kills have been one-shot. Accuracy has been very acceptable as well.

November 13, 2001, 10:07 PM
Not a bad little carbine at all. I had a low power variable scope on mine.