The best distance at which to zero your 30-30 for deer hunting is 160-yards. Unless…
Before we dive into the “unless” part of this, let’s define what we’re trying to do. We want to zero our 30-30 deer rifle so that we can aim center chest and hit the vital zone without worrying about precise distance to target. A 160-yard zero will do that.
Versatile Simplicity of Dead-On Hold
What this means in the hunting field is you see your quarry, you estimate it’s at some distance within 200 yards. You aim for center chest and notch your tag.
This is important because it frees us from a lot of doubt. You don’t want your mind haunted by doubt when shooting at game. Gee, should I hold a bit high, a big low? You want complete confidence that you are holding exactly right for a perfect strike to the heart/lungs. And that’s what our 160-yard sight-in distance will give us. Confidence in our dead-on hold. Whether your deer is at 20 yards or 200 yards or anywhere between, a center-chest hold will hit the boiler room. No need to wonder how high it might hit nor how much it might drop. It’s going to land in the kill zone.
Best 30-30 Zero Range for Deer Hunting — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com