Originally Posted by he-brews
Once I pulled my wort outta the mashtun yesterday I checked the OG and it was reading 1030 so I panicked a little really wondering if the boil would change it that much
According to my notes, the pre-boil OG should have been 1.035. That's not far off from 1.030 if you were taking a reading hot. Even if you let it cool to about 95-100F, you'd still be looking at a correction of about .005 which puts you spot on. If you took that reading right out of the mash, you may have been even higher, although if that was the first runnings reading, you were probably close to what is expected.
I'm certainly no expert brewer, but if I can offer one bit of "criticism" it would be that your mistake was when you panicked. Remember, this is homebrewing! No need to panic unless you see someone dumping your carboy in the drain.