Bear with me as I couldn't decide where to put this...here or in reloading. Since this forum is specifically about the 336 I thought it more applicable placed here.
OK so what does everyone like to shoot from their 336's in 30-30? I'm going to be headed to Cabella's tomorrow and pick up some bullets for mine and I'm trying to decide what I should go with.
To date I've run 150's through my 336 but I have read morethan a few times that many of these guns seem to like 170 grain more. Is that actually the general concensus around here?
If so does anyone have a good load using 170's using H335 or IMR 4895? Those happen to be the two powders I have on hand but I'm open to other loads if you have a good one.
This sounds more like a reloading question, which at this point I can't help you with. However if your shooting store bought ammo, the rule of thumb is shoot different stuff until the rifle shows you what it likes. Hornady 160 LEs' in my 336W and Federal 170 gr rn in the 30TK, I'm still working on the other 3 recently purchased 30-30s I have. Mr fixit
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don't forget 09-08-14 @ 11:46 am
What are you going to use the gun for? What is the most effective ammunition to perform that task? Put it in the gun and tune it to work the way you want it to.
Within the range of ammunition available that might be effective there may be a clear winner, but my search for ammunition always starts with what I plan to use it for.
My 336 likes 170 gr., either Federal or Winchester, a lot better than 150. My 150 groups are huge, but I can easily get .75" 170 groups @ 100 yds.
OK, perhaps I should have put this in reloading....
I guess what I really want to know is just what groups best from an accuracy standpoint. I know that if I'm going hunting with my 336 I'll most likley use 170's in it. But from an accuracy standpoint it seems that most guns like the heavier bullets.
Also, being a reloader I can't get my head around buying 5-6 boxes of factory ammo and shooting it all up just to see how they compare, sorry I didn't mention that earlier.
Iím kind of where you are. Iíve been working with the 125 gr Sierra HPFN for a low cost managed recoil practice round but want to reload 170 grain bullets for hunting. I assume reloaded 170 grain bullets will be noticeably more accurate in my 336 since the factory ammo is. Iím starting with Nosler Partition bullets for hog hunting but then I want to move on to something less expensive for whitetail. I want to find the bullet thatís used in the 170 gr Power Shok ammo. I read what it was once but I donít remember what I read. It was either a Sierra or Speer bullet.
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I have several boxes of Hornady 160 LEs' and shot them. I also reload the Speer 150 grain FP. I look at the data on powders and settle on BL C-2. So far I can get very good accuracy with it. I bought a can to try and liked so much that I went back and bought 5 cans. I do have other powders but I am going to stay with BL C-2 for now. This load is what I have used and yet to load the 130 and 170 grain bullets. I am going to work up some light loads as soon as I can find componets. The light load I am looking at, I will use H4895 or SR 4759. As you know everyone is sold out of their stock.
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There is really such a small performance difference between standard factory 150 and 170 gr. loads that I base my choice, usually, on which one a particular rifle likes best.
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Federal is an ATK company, as is Speer, so its a safe bet that it is not a Sierra bullet. I would try the Speer Hot-Cor #2041Originally Posted by MDTrailrider
So far my gun (336C) likes the 170 grain bullets when it comes to accuracy. That is in cast bullets. I haven't used any jacketed bullets in it in a long time. I have been working with a 150 grain bullet in it but have not had any great success with it yet. I cast my own bullets and have also bought a few. Some of the powders I use for cast in my 30-30 are Alliant 2400, Accurate 5744, Hodgdon 4198, and Hodgdon Varget.Originally Posted by Bullitholz
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