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I went to a LGS that i hadn't been to in a while looking for some 30-30 bullets. They didn't have any on the shelf, but the store owner said he had an old a box in the back.
When he came back up front and handed me the box, I could tell it was an old one. The exposed lead on the nose's of the bullets were oxidized and the copper was dull. Had an old price sticker that read, $6.25 but I paid $15.00 for the box... not bad!
They are, 100 ct. Sierra .30 caliber .307 Diameter 170 gr. Flat Nose 30-30


I've never heard of a 307 Dia. bullet in 30-30 and was wondering if anyone else has. I hope they'll shoot good for me, out of my 69 model 740 Westernfield/Marlin 336. Maybe that one thousandth of an inch won't make a difference.
 

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IMR, I shoot those .307 Sierra's all the time with suberb accuracy. Nothing to worry about at all. Nice find by the way!

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IMR I just sold a partial box of Sierra .307" 125 gr. FNHP. that I estimate to be 45 to 55 Y/O.. It was giving to after my older brother die some 30+ years ago. I wouldn't hesitate to use them if that was all I had. But I'm a stock of HDY. 170 gr. FN. that will last my a while. So sold my odd stuff.
So load up shoot safe and have fun. Yes I have to agree with 358Win. "nice find" and keep the box it might be worth $15.
T:biggrin: NY
 
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Had an old price sticker that read, $6.25 but I paid $15.00 for the box... not bad!
I'm trying to remember a box of those for $6.25, and I'm thinking maybe the 60's. ???

Well, they don't spoil, so no reason they won't be just fine.

I have used the Sierra 150/170gr bullets for several decades, and they are as good as any. I think I currently have about 3 boxes of each, and they work great in both my M336 and M94 over a stiff dose of W748, or one of the 4895's.
 

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Yea, I believe they'll be fine to use, just never heard of a 30-30 bullet with a dia. of .307

Thanks, fellas!
 

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Yea, I believe they'll be fine to use, just never heard of a 30-30 bullet with a dia. of .307
IMR, I've been putting a micrometer on those Sierra 150/170gr bullets for years. They always measure 0.3080-0.0.3082, on both of mine. My supply of Hornady RN and Speer 110/130/150/170's run a tad wider range from 0.3080-0.3085, but I've yet to measure a bullet at 0.307. Having checked about a ton of various bullets for weight and diameter, of the general use hunting bullets available, Sierra has always shown the least variation.

I wonder if the .307 is to differentiate them from non-.30-30 application. ??? Or if they were at one time actually sized to .307 to drop pressure a bit for older rifles.

Maybe some OCD/MO reloaders have some extra history.
 

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IMR - Nice find and excellent price on that old box of bullets. Locally they would deman $20+. One of the urban myths and legends when I started reloading back in the early 60s was that the 307 bullets were for the even older 303 Savage cartridge. It seems most of the old Savages had tight bores. Don't know how true that was/is but the 303 Savage is rarely encountered today, except at estate sales. Shenandoah
 

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TMan, I don't have a micrometer but I do have a set of dial calipers. Measured the Sierra's and they were .308, then measured some hornady 170 gr. Interlocks - .309 (close to .310) and the Rem. Cor-lokts were .309

Shenandoah, I would of been more inclined to think the Sierra's were made for another caliber like the Savage 303, but the box states 30-30.

I'm hopeing they shoot as accurately my Hornady's and Remingtons... I'll find out soon.
 

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Back in the 60s they marketed them as .307 dia more or less to make sure you bought them bullets for your 30-30 instead of pointed. Bought a lot of them and all of them measure .308 though marked .307 30-30
 

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Back in the 60s they marketed them as .307 dia more or less to make sure you bought them bullets for your 30-30 instead of pointed. Bought a lot of them and all of them measure .308 though marked .307 30-30
Ah, I suspected as much. I started using a micrometer in metal shop when I was about 14/1965, and they were .308 plus a tad at that time. The box said 0.307, and no matter how I adjusted the calibration, it came in at 0.308. :)
 

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Well, I loaded several of these bulets up the same load as I do my Hornady 170 gr. Interlocks, with 35 gr. of LVR powder, Win. LR primers, mixed Win., Rem. and Fed. cases. Chronographed at 2314.

They shot a good group at 50yds. irons. thou were about an inch to the right of my Hornady bullets
 

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Well which do you hunt with? If its the HDY. 170 gr. FN leave your sights adjustment as is. When you get a box or 5 of the HDY 170 gr. you will still be on hopefully. An inch in the real world doesn't matter at 50 yards Deer hunting.
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Tony, that's a good question. Right now, not sure really. I've got 95 Rem. 170 gr. Cor-Lokts, 96 170 gr. Sierra's and 20 Hdy. 170 gr. Interlocks left. The Rems shoot a little to the right also but not as much as the Sierra's.

Not worth moving the sight for, though. I've only killed deer with the Hdy's and they do a great job, but I hear the Core-Lokts are pretty popular with the 30-30 shooters.
 

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I have never had the best accuracy with Rem 170 gr. core-lokt in a 30-30 but not bad. Yes I know there are members on MO that swear by them. But I have never kill anything with them so can't testify to that. But dead is dead and if your rifle is most accurate with HDY. 170 gr. RN and that makes you happy go with it. There was a time when Rem. 170 gr. RSPRNCL were cheaper than dirt and I use to load them in all 30 cal. rifles I had throughout the years from 30/30 30/06 300 Win. mag. for a cheap day at the range. Those loads had good accuracy and served its purpose. But when I went hunting the 444s was my choice and I'm liking the 336XLR-35R. now.
T:biggrin: NY
 
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