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I like Reloader-15 and either Remington bulk 170 grain JSP bullets or Sierra 170 JFP bullets. 34.0 grains of Re-15 gives me 2300FPS out of my 336 Cowboy. This load is full power and near max according to the Alliant powder company's data. It is really accurate however, usually 3 shots in 1 to 1 1/4" at 100 yards off a rest with a Williams peep.
 

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34.5grs of IMR3031,under a Winchester 170grs,ST bullet,CCI primers,Federal brass.
 

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Lee 150 grain FPGC lubed with Lee liquid Alox and sized .310 over 29 grains of IMR 3031. 1,924 fps average, 2.25 inch 5 shot groups and no leading in my 30AS.
 
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LEE, cast from wheel weights, 170 gr FP with GC. 26 gr of RX 7. Near full power, kills deer cleanly. Taking game with a reload is great, but taking game with a bullet that was once spinning around on a wheel, is a real trip. POWDERMAN. :D :D
 

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RCBS #30-180-FN, weighs 190 gr. I use 28.0 gr. of W-748 for 1950 FPS. Bullet is deadly on deer.
Paul B.
 

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Don't even try to work up to 34 grains of 3031 under a 170 grain bullet in any lever action. Load I usually put together for deer is 31.5 grains of 3031 under any 150 grain bullet designed for the 30-30. Some time in the last 10 years 3031 has changed and my old loads cause sticky extraction in new guns so I had to back off a bit. This load is 1 grain under sticky extraction in a new Marlin 336.
 

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I B.******* said:
34.5grs of IMR3031,under a Winchester 170grs,ST bullet,CCI primers,Federal brass.
:shock: My favorite is 30 gr. IMR 3031 under any 170 gr. bullet in almost an .30-30 brass. Inevitably get 2100 fps unless using the old .307" Sierra 170 gr. FP and then get 2200 fps from 20-21" barrels.

34 gr. is excessive in all but the Remington 788 bolt action.
 

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So far this has been my best accuracy load for my NEF sb2. I could use a bit more velocity, but I'm working on that.
 

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110 gn rn and 37gns of BLC#2 shoots well and flat. Good for up to deer, don't recommend the 110s for close cover work but out in the open they do get the job done.
 

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I've shot a 110 grain Remington JSP intended for use in the M1 Carbine over RL7. It's a good accurate plinking load, but I wouldn't shoot it at anything larger than varmints. It's traveling 700 fps or so over it's design speed and would probably fail miserably on larger game.
 

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My favorite 30-30 load is 105 grain Lyman 311316 GC over 10 grains of Herco. Fun for plinking and the grandkids. Recoil is next to nothing.
 

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In the Marlin 336 the best load accuracy wise has been;
170 gr sierra .30-30 bullet
32gr W748
CCI magnum Rifle primers.
This load works well in any .30-30 brass I've tried.

Shoots right at an inch at 100yds.
 

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Paul B. I use the same combo with 29 gr. load in my cowboy. What alloy do you use? Thanks,
Sorry I took so long getting back to this thread.
My alloy is a bit complicated, but basically, 10# wheel weights, 1# linotype, a 3 foot long piece of 95/5 percent lead free solder, 1/3 cup of magnum bird shot.
When casting, I go until the 20# pot is almost empty, I place the sprues back in and remelt. fluxing well. Again, I cast till almost empty. This time, when I add the sprues, I also add an 18" piece of the lead free solder to replace any lost tin. FWIW, straight wheel weights probably work just as well, although current weights don't seem to have the tin-antimony levels of earlier weights. I still have some weights from a large batch I bought in 1973 and they make much harder bullets than the current stuff. BHN 14 vs BHN 8-9 for the newer weights. My alloy duplicates the earlier weghts.
I usually mix up my alloy in large batches over a Coleman stove, (soon to be replaced by a turkey fryer) so that I usually have a couple of hundred pounds on hand. When placing the sprued back into the pot, I fill it the rest of the way with fresh metal to top it off.
My alloy runs about 14 BHN as cast and will heat treat to 30- 31 BHN when I use it for target load in the .308 and 30-06. Bullets are sized to .310-.311" I just started experimenting with the .311" so I don't have definite thoughts on that size yet. Using a Lee 150 FN bullet cast from range scrap over 25.0 gr. of W-748, groups from my Marlin 30-30 have been running in the 2.0 to 2.5" range. Not chrony data on those yet.
Paul B.
 

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Favorite load for 130 grain Speer HP or flat point, 34.5 H4895 is an accurate light recoiling varmint load. Old favorite 150 grain load was 32.5 grains of 3031 but recently this load showed sticky extraction in a new marlin so I dropped a grain to 31.5. Best 170 grain jacketed load is 33.0 grains of Win 748. All loads with CCI 200 primers and Winchester brass. Best cast load is 23.5 grains of IMR 4198 under a gas checked Lyman 311291 cast from wheel weights. Best plinker light varmint load is 10.0 grains of Unique under the 110 grain Speer varminter, 100 grain speer plinker or Hornady half jacket. Rabbit load is 11 grains of IMR 4227 under 100 grain Speer plinker. No fillers used.
 

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A note on sticky extraction in new Marlin. Instead of thoroughly cleaning the barrel before load testing originally I just pushed a tight clean patch down the barrel and started shooting. Well I cleaned it with Hoppes Benchrest and a wire brush, you wouldn't believe the black **** that came oput of the barrel. I did new load work up and the old 32.5 grain load of 3031 under a 150 grain Hornady gives slick extraction and tight groups as does 28.0 grains of Reloader 7 under the same bullet. This second load is so accurate that I can shoot bullet holes at 50 yards and may be my new favorite with the 150 grain bullet.
 
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Going through some of my older reloads for 30/30 yesterday and found some good loads I had noted last time I used them.

150grn HDY JRN and 37.0grns W748 with WLRM primers for an average velocity of 2300fps and good accuracy.

125 or 130grn bullets with up to 30.0grns of RL-7 (spt. bullets single shot) 2455fps

125 PSP (single shot) with 35.0grns of AA2520 at average 2467fps.

170grn bullet with 32.0grns AA2460 (Pet Loads)

170grn Spr JFP with 33.7grns RL-15 at 2120fps

One of my old favorite accuracy loads was a 170grn bullet and 31.5grns IMR4895. M336-20" micro-groove. I had some accurate loads with the IMR3031 at less than max loading but when up near max lost the accuracy. BM

Bill
 
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