30-30 CARBINE vs. LONGER BARREL
30-30 CARBINE vs. LONGER BARREL—Will a .30-30 carbine shoot as hard as a rifle of that caliber with a full length barrel? Will the bullet have the same muzzle velocity and the same hitting power?
No, the carbine will not shoot as hard as the longer barrel. The velocity of the bullet will be a trifle lower, the energy a little less, and the trajectory a little higher. Then there is the difference in length of the sighting planes—the sights of the sporting rifle are farther apart than those of the carbine and more accurate shooting can be done with it. But the differences in shooting will not be noticed, ordinarily, and the short barrel of the carbine makes it so much better to handle when on horseback, or hunting in thick brush, and for such use I would choose a carbine in preference.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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