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30-30 Winchester / Reloading:
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.

30-30 Winchester Centerfire Rifle Cartridge:
 The popular 30-30 Winchester centerfire rifle cartridge is a commercial, rimmed, bottleneck cartridge case design that is loaded commercially (factory produced ammunition) or reloaded by individual handloaders with various combinations of primer, powder and .308" diameter bullets. Handloaders can calculate the kinetic energies of their handloads with the use of these formulas.

30-30 Winchester Reloading Specifications:

Bullet Diameter - .308".
Primer Size - Large Rifle / .210" Diameter.
Case Neck Diameter - .330".
Case Shoulder Diameter - .401".
Case Base Diameter - .422".
Case Rim Diameter - .506".
Minimum Case Length - 2.029" / Trimmed.
Maximum Case Length - 2.039" / Stretched.
Minimum Cartridge Overall Loaded Length - 2.450".
Maximum Cartridge Overall Loaded Length - 2.550".

30-30 Winchester Reloading Data:
 For the Antelope, Deer, or Hog hunter hand-loading or reloading his or her own 30-30 Winchester ammunition, Western Powders, Accurate 2520 rifle powder does an impressive job of launching 160 grain .308" diameter bullets at high velocity. Accurates online reloading data shows that a 160 grain .308" diameter Hornady FTX bullet using just 29.8 grains of Accurate 2520 powder can be driven to a velocity of 2,144 feet per second loaded at a maximum cartridge overall length of 2.535" in the 30-30 Winchester. This load does not top out until the 160 grain bullet is at 2,316 feet per second at a chamber pressure of 41,579 PSI. For the 160 grain bullet reload if you sighted your 30-30 Win. hunting rifle in dead on at 165 yards it would only be 2 inches high at 100 yards and only 2.7 inches low at 200 yards which would be an excellent Antelope, Deer and Hog load.

30-30 Winchester Load Data And Ballistics Table
Test Powder Used = Accurate 2520.
Test Bullet Used = Hornady - FTX - .308" diameter.
Test Primer Used = Winchester - WLR.
Test Case Used = Winchester - 30-30 Winchester.
Test Case Trimmed Length = 2.029".
Loaded Cartridge Overall Length = 2.535".
Test Barrel Length = 24".
Test Barrel Twist Rate = 1 in 12".
Hornady
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Hornady
Bullet
Sectional
Density
Hornady
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Powder
Start
Load
Grains
Start
Load
Velocity
Fps.
Powder
Maximum
Load
Grains
Maximum
Load
Velocity
Fps.
Maximum
Load
Pressure
P.S.I.
160 .241 .330 29.8 2,144 33.2 2,316 41,579
Short Range Ballistics Table For Above Load:
Recommended
Cartridge
Usage:
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Muzzle
Velocity
Fps.
Muzzle
Energy
Ft. Lbs.
Rifle
Zero
100 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
200 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
250 Yds.
Big Game 160 .330 2,316 1,906 0 - 6.6" - 13.7"
Long Range Ballistics Table For Above Load:
Bullet 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds. 500 yds. 600 yds. 700 yds.
Velocity Fps. 2,072 1,843 1,633 1,444 1,281 1,152 1,057
Energy Ft.lbs. 1,525 1,207 948 741 583 471 397
Trajectory + 3.3" 0 - 13.6" - 40.3" - 83.8" - 148.4" - 239.3"
Maximum Effective Range For Thin Skinned Big Game: 200 Yards.


30-30 Winchester Load Data Sources:
Hodgdon Reloading Data Center: The reloading data information displayed on this site, including ballistic data, was derived from tightly controlled laboratory conditions, by ballisticians and expert handloaders. Lists pressure test results as well. Data for Hodgdon Rifle Powder, IMR Rifle Powder & Winchester Rifle Powder.

Accurate Reloading Data Center: The reloading data information displayed on this site, including ballistic data, was derived from tightly controlled laboratory conditions, by ballisticians and expert handloaders. Lists pressure test results as well. Accurate is an exclusive brand of Western Powders Incorporated.

Ramshot Reloading Data Center: The reloading data information displayed on this site, including ballistic data, was derived from tightly controlled laboratory conditions, by ballisticians and expert handloaders. Lists pressure test results as well. Ramshot is an exclusive brand of Western Powders Incorporated.

Barnes - 30-30 Winchester: Load data for the 30-30 Winchester featuring the use of Barnes bullets.

Nosler - 30-30 Winchester: Load data for the 30-30 Winchester using Nosler bullets. Features; varying case capacity and load density for each bullet weight and accuracy loads.

Norma - 30-30 Winchester: Load data for the 30-30 Winchester featuring the use of Norma rifle powders.

Vihtavuori - 30-30 Winchester: Load data for the 30-30 Winchester featuring the use of Vihtavuori rifle powders.

IMR - 30-30 Winchester: Load data for the 30-30 Winchester featuring the use of IMR rifle powders.


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