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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    I am new to reloading and have only been doing it 6 months or so. I am wondering if there is a recipe out there for a home defense round in 30-30 considering I live in a town house and dont want to chance bullets travelling through walls.

    I know stopping power and then diminished power so no wall penetration are at odds.

    115gr bullet and reduced powder load?
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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    Wrong weapon for that purpose, a 12 gauge pump with 1oz fine shot is the best in that scenario. Just the sound of that pump gun racking a shell in it generally makes most intruders get out of Dodge. If intent on using the 30-30 a very light wgt varmit bullet such as the half jacket exposed lead I believe speer sells. Unique would likely be a good reduced powder to start with.
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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    I realize that it is not an ideal weapon for that purpose. But I am a man of limited means and its what I have . Its the 30/30 or my 10/22 target rifle :shock:
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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    If you need it, shooting through walls is going to be the least of your worries.

    I don't know if they still make them, but the Remington Accellerator round would probably be the best solution to you. The very light varmint bullet at high velocity has very limited pentration.
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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    Given your parameters,
    The 110 1/2 jacket Swany mentions, but I might would try driving it at high velocity. At low speed, it will penetrate the best it can. At top speeds, it will dis-integrate the fastest it can! If you want to avoid penetration, speed things up a bit. While load testing, you might include some penetration tests including two thicknesses of 3/8 sheet rock and a single 2x4. This is what most residential walls are made of, and aren't really that hard to push a projectile through. If you miss the stud, and just go through the rock, most any rifle round capable of inflicting damage to a critter or bad guy will go through, and keep on trucking.

    .22 might be sounding better!

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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    The Speer Plinker 100gr bullet has a lot of exposed lead. A stout load behind it should make it disintergrate. It also has explosive expansion on flesh. I once shot a huge cottonmouth with that bullet from a 30-06 and meat flew 10 feet(almost hit me)
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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    Thanks for the great insight's. Sounds like I will have some fun experimenting with some light bullets and heavy powder in the pistol bays.
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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    The 110gr round nose soft point made for the 30carbine can be loaded to 2600-2700fps in the 30-30 and at that speed it might still exit a body or a sheet rock wall, but only as a cloud of fragments...

    The other bullet is the Speer 110gr "Varminter" Hollow point which is built like a handgun bullet, those blow all to pieces at 2700fps...

    34grains of Reloader7 will get it moving....

    the big difference between the 110gr bullets and the speer 100gr half-jacket is that the 110's will usually feed from the magazine
    The 100gr half-jacket is short enough to jam up in some rifles.

    the 110gr speer varminters also has a cannelure for crimping,
    better for a tubular magazine.

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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    A. If you really need to shoot in self-defense, over penetration becomes a situational hazard any way you slice it with 30-30 class rifle or greater.

    B. The light bullets mentioned above should all have effective terminal performance.

    C. Absolute, 100% feeding reliability is a must. Be sure to thoroughly test your loads for functional reliability.

    D. A Lee Factory Crimp Die will be very helpful in getting a solid crimp on these small bullets. They have a tendency to get set back into the neck of the cartridge from recoil or simply from spring pressure in the magazine if not crimped snugly.

    Finally, I hope you never have to employ your 30-30 in this manner.
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    Home defense 30-30 round..

    Amen to that Wyo. And thanks all for the great info.
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