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    30/30 reloading data

    Here is some reloading data for the 30-30 I dug up for my convenience (and everyone else's since I'm now publishing it on this site). I got the reloading data from various websites such as Chuckhawk's and even Hodgdon's own reloading center.

    The last load at the bottom is for what I believe to be a 24 inch barrel.

    Feel free to add your own contributions. I'm going to post this in the referance section.

    *** Note: Energy figures are from a formula I found. The formula is, "Bullet weight X Velocity squared divided by the fixed constant." Ex. 150 X 2390^2 / 450395 = 1902 Ft-lbs. The fixed constant is 450395 and always remains the same, no matter what caliber, weight, etc. you use. ***
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    Re: 30/30 reloading data

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    Hornady FTX 160 Grain Pointed BT* 20’’* * * 2100 Feet Per Second* 1566.624 Ft-lbs H4895/28.9 Grains
    Winchester Partition, 170 Grain* 20’’* * * 2062 Feet Per Second* 1604.843 Ft-lbs H414/37 Grains
    Sierra FN, 150 Grain* * * * * * * * 20’’* * * 2390 Feet Per Second* 1902.363 Ft-lbs H4895/34 Grains
    Sierra FN, 150 Grain* * * * * * * * 20’’* * * 2349 Feet Per Second* 1837.653 Ft-lbs Varget/34.5 Grains
    Sierra FP, 170 Grain* * * * * * * * 20’’* * * 2168 Feet Per Second* 1774.082 Ft-lbs Varget/33 Grains
    Sierra FP, 170 Grain* * * * * * * * 20’’* * * 2227 Feet Per Second* 1871.956 Ft-lbs BL-C(2)/36 Grains
    150 Grain* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 24’’* * * 2364 Feet Per Second* 1861.198 Ft-lbs IMR3031/33 Grains
    170 Grain* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 24’’* * * 1919 Feet Per Second* 1389.969 Ft-lbs H4895/30 Grains
    170 Grain* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 24’’* * * 2212 Feet Per Second* 1846.824 Ft-lbs H4895/32 Grains

    Hornady Jacketed Flat Point, 170 Grain bullet, barrel length N/A, 2330 Feet Per Second, 2049.119 Ft-lbs, with a powder charge of Reloader 15/34.1 Grains.

    *** Please Note: These are maximum loads listed and the handloader should start 5 or 4 grains below this and work up to avoid maximum pressure. The loads I found were from online sources like Hodgdons reloading center.***
    Last edited by jedirkeds; 02-26-2013 at 09:08 PM.
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    Re: 30/30 reloading data

    Got a reload from Sierra for my 336. Have shot and got two deer with it. The guy I talked to a Sierra said if I shot it I would love it. I did until the le's came out. The load is 34.7gr of IMR4064 with 125gr. ftat nose, with win. or federal case and win primers. Just my two cents

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    Re: 30/30 reloading data

    Quote Originally Posted by wrecker704
    Got a reload from Sierra for my 336. Have shot and got two deer with it. The guy I talked to a Sierra said if I shot it I would love it. I did until the le's came out. The load is 34.7gr of IMR4064 with 125gr. ftat nose, with win. or federal case and win primers. Just my two cents
    That is close to the max load isn't it? Sounds like a good bullet, but with a 125 grain 30 caliber bullet, it sounds to light for my blood.

    How did the deer react to the FP?
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    Re: 30/30 reloading data

    I'm sorry I only shot one with that load. I hit it in the top of the middle of the back and dropped it in her tracks. It blew about a 3in gap out of the spine. I was well satisfied with the way the bullet reacted. The guy that gave me the load info said they had tested numerous rounds and came up with this one as the sweet spot. Just passing it on. That is all I shot for several years until le's came out.

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    Re: 30/30 reloading data

    I have done some experimentation with my 30-30 loads using Reloader-15 in the last year so I'll chime in.

    In my Marlin with a 4x scope I get good groups (1 1/2" @100yds) with 150gr Remington Bulk bullets (SP Core-Lokt, $20 per 100), over a charge of 34 grains of RL-15. (Note this is the max load according to the new Alliant data so work up and check it yourself to be sure.) I've used this same charge of powder with 150gr Hornady round nose Interlock, but didn't have as good of accuracy and the Rem Bullet is not as bluntly shapped, so it has a higher BC. I really like the Rem CL for the 30-30.

    I was using a 34.5 gr charge, due to the fact that my Lee Manual says max charge is something like 36gr and I was getting my best groups with 34.5 gr, but when the new manual came out last year and they said 34 was max, I dropped back to that with no noticable difference. The Alliant manual claims 2170 fps but who knows the test barrel length? What I do know is that I shot bambi's mom with this load at just under 100yds and the top of the heart was shredded, near side lung was punctured, the offside lung was jello, and the exit wound was about and inch and shattering some rib bone on the way out. I've took pictures of it, because it was hard for me to believe the amount of damage done.

    Anyway, I was pretty happy with that load, (still am) but did some playing around with the new 160gr FTX (LE) bullets from Hornady just for the heck of it. I bought some as soon as they hit the market back in January. Later I found out that Hornady's data shows a max charge of 29.8gr of Reloader 15, yielding a muzzle velocity of 2050fps. This was tested in a Winchester 94, with a 20" barrel, so I expect that's about what you'll get. (Again, max load, check it @ Hornady's website in case I made a typo and work up at any rate) They also recommend trimming the case back a bit, but I didn't do that. In fact I was loading these before they came out with all of their load data and suggestions, so I didn't know any of their tips at the time.
    Anyway, This is the most accurate load I have ever fired in a 30-30 lever rifle. It will shoot a 5 shot group right at or just under and inch @ 100yds depending on me. I have fired 20 rounds in a row "rapid fire" (as fast as I could work the lever and regain the sight picture reload and do it again), no barrel cooling time or resting, and had them all within a 2" circle. That's with 40 yr old eyes and a 4x scope. I have thought about temporarily chucking a bigger scope on the rifle just to see how tight a group this load is capable of shooting. I know it would probably improve and that the slight shot to shot variation is probably due to the shooter, not the load or rifle. I dont' know if I'll hunt with this load, since the core-lokt just works so darn good and I don't need the extra 1/2" of accuracy, but it is fun to play with.

    Oh, BTW, recoil is nearly non-existant. Either of these loads would make great loads for a young shooter or anyone who is recoil intollerant. I'd compare them to shooting a single shot .410.
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    Mt first rifle given to me by my grandpa at age 9 was a Glenfield/Marlin Model 60 22lr.(still have it)
    My first deer rifle, given to me by my dad when I was 12 is a 30-30 Foremost Model 3040, made by the Marlin Firearms Co. for J.C. Penny in 1971.(still killing deer with it)
    I also have a Marlin 880SQ .22lr that is a tackdriver and have recently added an XS7S in 7mm-08 to my deer rifle battery.


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