Hog hunting with a 30-30 (Marlin 336)

Hog hunting with a 30-30 (Marlin 336)

In this video, I am taking a Marlin 336 30-30 on a hog hunt. The 30-30 is arguably one of, if not the best-known brush gun in the U.S. Not only a great whitetail deer rifle, but it is also an excellent pig gun as well. We shot and recovered 3 pigs in relatively quick succession with a soft lead 180-grain projectile.

While necked down cartridges such as the 270, 243, 30-06, 6.5 Creedmoor, etc. play a significant role in the hunting community, they are prone to become off target if they encounter brush along their trajectory. Larger, slower-moving bullets, on the other hand, tend to push through bush and remain relatively accurate and this is where the 30-30 shines.

Although a respectable size bullet at anywhere between 140 and 180 grains, 30-30’s tend to have a lighter than expected recoil for most shooters while also having plenty of knockdown power at ranges between 0 and 200 yards. I would even argue that a heavier wooden stock Marlin 336 chambered in 30-30 has relatively less recoil than a rifle with a light synthetic stock chambered in .243. For those who are shooting at ranges below 200 yards, a 30-30 is a great initial offering for first-time hunters. While shot placement is everything, no one is perfect. A 30-30 does allow for some degree of error and a relatively good chance of finding your harvest.

The Limited recoil of the 30-30 allows me to have relatively quick follow-up shots, especially when compared to larger brush calibers such as 450 Bushmaster. For this reason, it is my personal opinion that a 30-30 is better for follow-up shots compared to some of the other brush gun calibers out there. Although this does come down to a personal preference.

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  1. Marc Speed on February 16, 2023 at 2:13 am

    Great vid & hunt. Last weekend I took my Win94 30-30 out in Central/West Texas. Shot a 175lb hog from about 120yds, give or take 10. 170gr Federal soft point hit him right at the joint between the shoulder blade and upper leg bone, shattered the first one, passed through the lungs, and broke the opposite leg bone on its way out. He was DRT. Not at all what I expected out of the ol dirty 30 but very pleased with the result.

  2. Stephen Reilly on February 16, 2023 at 2:32 am

    Don’t worry about which rifle to use, learn bullet placement. Harvest animals humanly

  3. Peter Salas on February 16, 2023 at 2:33 am

    Great videos !!!! Please do more ar15 & ar10 hunts for deer as well as hogs pleaseeeee

  4. Fragrance Journey01 on February 16, 2023 at 2:37 am

    Dope vid bro

  5. Anthony Crossland, MTB on February 16, 2023 at 2:38 am

    What gun are y’all using

  6. Matt on February 16, 2023 at 2:42 am

    Damn! I’m actually tossing up getting a 336 cs. Found one locally for 800 with 120 rounds. It’s a beautiful gun

  7. Clay H on February 16, 2023 at 2:59 am

    Great Job.. I’ve been slaying hogs on my family’s property too.

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