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Old August 10, 2018, 12:59 PM   #1
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7-30 waters

I am on the hunt for new or once fired brass. Any idea of sources? I know I can make it from 30-30 brass but want some to start out with while I learn to fireform. Also I am looking for sources of bullets in 7mm that can be shot in a tubular magazine. I am only aware of the FTx bullets by hornady, however they are not made in 7mm.

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Old August 10, 2018, 03:30 PM   #2
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Over a buck apiece, but they are available.

For about the same price you could buy some commercial loads and reuse the brass.
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Old August 10, 2018, 08:06 PM   #3
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Thx unclenick. I might have to get the commercial ammo. It would be the first box of non rimfire commercial ammo I have bought in a very long time. What about the second party of my question? I am thinking I might have to go with a lead bullet but want to explore my options.
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Old August 11, 2018, 10:56 AM   #4
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Quite awhile back I acquired about 60 rounds of factory new, nickle plated Federal 7-30 Waters stamped brass off of eBay. Cost me about $1.00 apiece and I still haven't used them.
Sorry, but no.

I started out buying factory loaded ammo and accumulated enough for my purposes.
I think Federal is, was and always has been the only loader for 7-30 ammo and only one load.
I started using Barnes 120gr flat base bullets and my 14" Contender would group 5 shots into 3/4" all day. Barnes discontinued the FB bullet for a BT one and it's not as accurate for me but Sierra's 130gr (?) Single Shot Pistol bullet does fine and I have killed a lot of NC whitetails with both.

Try loads with W748.

7-30 is a lot of fun. good luck and have fun!

I just reread your post and realized you are using a rifle.
If it were me I would just use a spitzer bullet and load one in the chamber and one in the tube. You shouldn't need more than one shot anyway.
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Old August 11, 2018, 12:01 PM   #5
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Brass appears to be only made by Quality Cartridge. Graf's wants $36.59 per 20, but they're out of stock. Naturally.
They are listing Federal ammo at $27.19 per 20 as in stock.
These guys make a suitable 7mm FP and RN bullet that isn't stupid expensive. Boxes of 50 though.
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Old August 12, 2018, 11:34 AM   #6
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When I started loading for 7-30 in the late 90's I had no luck finding factory loaded ammo or brass. I followed the instructions for fire forming from 30-30 in the Speer loading manual. Can't remember what version the loading manual was now. But the process is fairly easy. Give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. I would recommend following directions carefully from a published loading manual. Too many internet experts with less than safe ideas.
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Old August 12, 2018, 09:42 PM   #7
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I have 4 7-30 Waters. I usually buy fed factory ammo and reload it. It is hard to make 7-30 from new 30-30 brass. It turns out too short. Not a huge problem in lever, but don't shoot worth a flip in Contender until they stretch to right length. Usually 2 firings and sizing.
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Old August 13, 2018, 07:46 PM   #8
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I have a 7-30 Waters and I was lucky a few years ago to find a guy selling 200 pieces of brand new Federal nickel plated cases. I have not seen any since then. When my suppl6 starts to dwindle, I’ll probably buy some of those listed in the first link posted above.

I did buy a sizing die to make them out of .30-30 brass, since there is no shortage of brass for that caliber.
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