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Old February 27, 2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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30-30 Winchester Reloading Bullets

I just picked up my first lever gun at a charity silent auction last night in Longmont, CO. (Younger man needs a hip replacement and has no insurance.) It's a Winchester Mod 94 in 30-30. Serial number places it in 1972. I'd like to work up some hand loads for it once I get it to a gunsmith for checking. Problem I have is this. Bullets. And I'd like to find a soft point or wide flat point for obvious reasons. I can't use my .308 autoloader bullets. Any suggestions as to where I might find good 150 to 170 gn SP or FN bullets? Most places I look online are sold out and no backorder. I looked the usual places around town today but they don't even stock what I need. Thanks.
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Old February 27, 2012, 12:27 AM   #2
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Old February 27, 2012, 12:53 AM   #3
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I haven't tried them yet, but the new Hornady flexible tip spire point for lever actions looks interesting. It's a 160 grain bullet that should provide better down range performance than the traditional round nose or flat point bullets.

Up to now, for jacketed bullets, I generally load the Remington 150 grain round nose bullet. At one time I bought quite a few for a good price from Midway and I'm still shooting them.

The 30/30 is about ideal for shooting cast bullets if you ever get around to trying those.
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Old February 27, 2012, 08:11 AM   #4
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Round nose or flat point only in tube magazines. You can also use the new Hornady 30-30 flex tips but you may need to replace the carrier.
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Old February 27, 2012, 01:25 PM   #5
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Sierra's 150- and 170-grain jacketed bullets for .30-30 are usually identified as such in catalog lists of Sierra bullets. They are excellent bullets. Hornady and Speer 170-grainers also do well. You can use the newer Hornady FTX plastic-tipped 160-grain bullets also, with any powder of .30-30 application, but you will need to use their LEVERevolution powder to reap the velocity benefits that Hornady says is possible for these bullets.
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Old February 27, 2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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Thanks folks! had just what I needed.
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Old February 27, 2012, 02:21 PM   #7
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All the .30-30 factory ammo I ever recall seeing has been either 150 or 170 grain round nose or flat points. I picked up some Sierra and Remington bullets for that chambering along with some other .30 cal. bullets. The ones for .30-30 are clearly marked for that chambering due to the common tube magazines.
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