Ok, so I'm headed down to Florida on Thursday and I'm seriously considering going into my forbidden money and bringing back a Winchester Model 94 in 30-30 as a float hunt/moose/carry around the cabin type gun. The more I carry and shoot my Rossi 92 in 357, the more I want to go back to a 94 in 30-30. (I had one once, my first center fire gun. I regret selling it, although I sold it to a friend who gave it to his son, one of my Eagle Scouts from a troop I was Asst. Scoutmaster in. He killed his first deer with it and now won't part with it for me to buy it back-even at a profit-anyway, I digress).
This desire to buy another 30-30 also comes out of an earlier thread discussing rebarreling my 92 to a 32-20, but I can't do that until I find a replacement for the 357 lever gun, which, until recently was planned to be a 44 magnum.
Which brings up the title of the thread. 30-30 versus. I know the 30-30 isn't the heavy hitter that many folks here say you have to have for moose (i.e it's not a 338 etc.). What other calibers in a lever gun can I use on something as big as a moose out to 200 yrds? (That's assuming a 30-30 would do it-I consider 200 yrds to be the outer limit of any bullet from any lever gun, if, for no other reason than bullet design limitations in a tube magazine.) I quickly ruled out 45-70 solely on the basis that the ammo is cost prohibitive. To my knowledge, that leaves pistol ammo-44 and 454, unless you guys know something else. (And 454 ammo ain't exactly cheap.)
Anyway, I focused this question on caliber rather than gun because I already know I'm buying a lever gun (most likely a Winchester or Rossi) but I'm unsure of on the 30-30 part. Is a 30-30 up to being used a short range brush gun on the game up here (sure, it'll kill white tails all day long-my grandfather carried one for 50 years), and it it better, up close, say for black bear etc, than the 44 I would have bought?
Here is the quandary, I need to settle this int the next few days because, even if I don't buy in FL, and use gunbroker instead, I need to buy the ammo while I'm in FL. There was NO 30-30 ammo in Anchorage last week, but I can order online, have it shipped to my mom's home for next to nothing, and bring back 50 lbs as checked baggage. (I'm coming back with 50 lbs of something no matter what lol. Probably brig back some brass and projectiles, too.)
So yeah-there you have it. Thoughts?