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Old December 9, 2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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30-30 Load data for boat tail bullets.

I have a single shot 30-30 that my wife loves to shoot but we want to load JHBT bullets and I can’t find specific load data for using BT bullets in this caliber. I don’t have another 30-30 so I’m not concerned about someone getting them mixed up and loading in a tubular magazine riffle. Can anyone recommend where I can find some good reliable date that I can start with?
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Old December 9, 2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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You don't need specific load data for a boattail bullet.
Just use standard loads for that weight.
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Old December 9, 2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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What is the weight of bullet you are wanting to use?

Boat tail bullets will load the same as flat base bullets of the same weight. Just remember to start at the starting load, and work up the load. Lyman Pistol and Revolver 3rd edition list for 110 grain, 125 grain, 130 grain, and 150 grain jacketed with pointed tips for single shot Contender hand guns.
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Old December 9, 2012, 01:12 PM   #4
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Thanks guys for the quick responses… I guess I should have mentioned that I plan on using the Sierra Matchking 150 gr. JHBT. My first thought was to simply go with the recommended starting load but I guess I tend to over analyze things and wanted to see what comments or suggestions would arise.
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Boat tails are not needed for a 200 yard cartridge.
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Old December 10, 2012, 01:41 PM   #6
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Is this a target load or hunting? I've used Sierra bullets and like them a bunch. However, if this is going to be a hunting load you've got the wrong bullet. The Matchkings are great paper killers but they are not made for game. If this is strictly bench shooting enjoy and post some results.
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Use data for the T/C Contender !
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Note that the lack of a flat nose means your COL will be longer when you have the same seating depth as a 150 grain flat nose. It's the seating depth and distance off the lands you want to try to match to keep the loads identical.
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