Yup.Saw223 said:7.62X39 cheaper and about the same power. Best bang for your buck!
Yeah, I almost mentioned those old savage bolts--I've never seen one yet that wasn't accurate as hell.gordo63 said:Personally, I like the .30-30. I have had a few 94's as well as a couple of Marlin 336s. All have shot within 2 MOA with 170 grain bullets. I also had a Savage bolt action that I handloaded some 110 grain spitzers, over a charge of 748, and it consistently shot 0.5 MOA!
I dont place alot of value on muzzle energy. I bet the .30-30 has a slight penetration advantage due to its weightier bullets, which is offset somewhat by the 7.62x39s pointed tip, particularly at maintaining velocity at longer ranges. On medium game like deer and human beings I bet the terminal performance would be almost identical just as the ballistic trajectories are very close. In softpoint they are both going to have a pretty large permanent cavities with generous temporary cavities and a pretty deep penetration of whats left of the bullet trailing out of that in both cases.Gary W Trott said:I don't think that the 7.62x39 is even close to the .30-30 in performance. These are the muzzle energy numbers from Chuck Hawks website: