With the innovation newer cartridges, is the 30-30 Winchester obsolete? This question arises from comments on a YouTube video I made about stockpiling ammo.
For close to a dozen years or so my dad and I were members of a local hunting lease. I would see the deer members brought in, and sometimes helped them skin the deer.
Typical deer camp stories were told of what time the deer came out, how many there were,,,. Whether it was a 30-30, 270, 308, 30-06,,, all the deer had something in common, they were dead.
As for having to track a deer, it is all about bullet placement. In world war I and world war II, the Army used to shoot deserters. There are stories of a deserters being with an M1 garand and living for several seconds.