Congrats on a nice deer RifleFan. Just giving you a little gas on the count (west vs east thing). I to like my 30-30, Winchester 94. Around here the 30-30 has taken lots of deer, elk and antelope, to mention a few. Among the guys I hunted with over the years, the 30-30, 30-06 and 308 were probably the top calibers used for just about all big game until the magnum and long list of others came along.The little 336 worked wonderfully as it always has. It was an 8 pt eastern count (i.e. 8 total points). The deer had a pretty big body. It was around a 60 yard shot right through sweet spot. I didn't get any pics. I really just made my post as a comment that the old stuff (including me I guess!) still works just fine. I just love that rifle and the cartridge.
This is a good point taking pictures is as much of the hunt as hiking to me and my hunting party.No pictures?
Back about 20 years ago, I shot an exotic species of ram with a bow and arrow...that's another story, but the buddy I was hunting with insisted on getting some good pictures of it. I had no inclination to do so, as my family and I had never taken anything more than a single Polaroid for any of our successful hunt.
Well, when I got a copy of those pictures from my buddy, in the mail, I couldn't have been more happy. To this day, I have several of those pictures and they really take me back; I remember the details of that hunt better than many others, because I have such vivid reminders. Since then, I've gotten a bit obsessive about the taking of pictures during any hunt, successful or not. With today's digital cameras and the very good cameras found in many smart phones, I just can't imagine a time when I wouldn't capture those memories. It's easier and less expensive than ever to have photographic proof of great times; something you can pass down to future generations.
I was taking some pictures on Thursday afternoon. My son and I finished Thanksgiving dinner and went out to shoot his great-grandfather's Marlin 336, in 30/30 Win. That gun shot very well and it made both of us smile to see the groups it printed...and I've got the pictures to prove it!