Hi there, just received a 30-30 and was wondering about some load data. I have a pound of 3031 and a pound of reloader 15. Want to shoot 150 grain out of it, any suggestions on some starting handloads. Thanks
For the 3031, go to IMR/Hodgdon's reloading data center
For the reloder 15 e-mail alliant if you want more than their recipe on their site
BTW, you can also download the manual from Hodgdon in pdf format.
RL 15 should work as well as the good ol' 3031. Not at home or would help ya out with the 3031 start info, RL 15 you will have to go to the web site, always a good choice anyway , from the horses mouth so to speak, (not the other end, like I have been called .) DP
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I'd be interested to hear what has worked for others as well where the 150gr and IMR 3031 is concerned. Just got back from the range again and my loads with H322 are so unpredictible that it is pathetic I pulled out some Fed Fusion 150gr (the ol' reliable) and zeroed my rifle with that. For my efforts I was rewarded with three 3 shot groups just barely over 1" (haven't measured them yet) With performance like this I almost don't see the point in reloading for the 30-30 anymore.
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First off Milroy--Welcome to the club. As to saying you want to shoot only (1) weight grain bullet is silly. ALL GUNS require tests to see which weight bullet they shoot the best. Not all rifles(even the same models) will shoot the same. It requires lots of patience at the range to see which bullet your rifle likes. Not saying your rifle won't perform "well" with 150's, just saying your rifle might perform "great" with 170's or even 200 grain bullets. Just don't settle for what YOU LIKE---settle for what the RIFLE LIKES. Find some factory loads and see which performs best, THEN start handloading from that point.
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I hear you Dell, but would be kind of silly to shoot 110 grains at a bull elk just because my rifle likes them, ha,ha. Was just using the 150's as a starting point.
I can vouch for the Reloader 15. Had really good results at 100 yds with Hornady 160gr LE, CCI primer, 32.4 gr of Rel 15. Here's the target from last week:
For the 150 gr bullet, try around 32gr of Rel 15 and then 32.2gr, then 32.4 gr and so on to see what groups tightest. Stop when they start to open up a bit. Don't go much past 34gr. As always, watch for pressure signs and be safe. Good luck and have fun!
Oh...the cost of reloading the 160gr LE is only $0.38 per round without the cost of the brass figured in. I can reload brass about 6-7 times.
Otherwise, it's an additional $0.26 for brand new brass. Great savings on reloading....and rewarding that you did them yourself!
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Originally Posted by GJinNY
Well said, I use 31.2 grains of RL15 with the Hornady 160's out of my 24"..
Here is my recent 30-30 load with Varget.