I've taken a few deer with one of my '94s in 30-30 (no optics). It's a great choice for hunting in brush. However, I've been thinking about loading up some Barnes Bullets in 7.5 Swiss brass and hunting with a K31 with irons. Lead free 7.5 isn't hard to load at all.
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