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30-30 Winchester:
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.
30-30 Winchester:
 The 30-30 Winchester was introduced to the public as the first smokeless powder sporting cartridge by Winchester in 1895 as the .30 WCF, chambered in their then new model 1894 lever action rifle. The 30-30 Winchester has been chambered in several different action types but the lever action is by far the most popular with Winchester's own Model 94 rifles running into the millions of firearms produced. The 30-30 Winchester is well beyond 100 years since its introduction and sales are still high for this cartridge. Simply put most deer are shot within a 100 yard range limit and they are found mostly in the woods where shots are limited to under 100 yards and the 30-30 Winchester cartridge in a short lever action rifle is more than adequate to get the job done and is excellent for hog hunting as well.

 The 30-30 Winchester is slowly coming into its own with the latest technology in ammunition manufacturing, adding a little more effective range is a good thing for any rifle cartridge and for the old 30-30 Winchester cartridge, Hornady has certainly give it a boost with their new LeverEvolution 30-30 Winchester ammunition by adding another 100 yards to the effective range of the cartridge.
 Bufflao Bore now manufactures a 190 grain Hawk bullet loading that surely adds stopping power on larger game animals at close range to the once very popular 30-30 Winchester.

 The 30-30 Winchester is a very efficient cartridge and very accurate. The 30-30 Winchester responds well to IMR 3031 powder ignited by Remington 9 1/2 large rifle primers topped with 150 grain round nose bullets, very accurate in a good rifle, groups not unusual to be less than 1". The recoil is less than the 308 Winchester cartridge and light enough for most individuals to enjoy shooting all day.

Reloading Specifications:
Bullet Diameter = .308".
Maximum Case Length = 2.039".
Trimmed Case Length = 2.029".
Primer Size = Large Rifle.
Maximum Cartridge Overall Length = 2.550".

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.



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Factory Ammunition Ballistics:
 The below 30-30 Winchester rifle ballistics table will give rifle cartridge bullet weight measured in grains, velocity measured in feet per second, energy measured in foot pounds, trajectory measured in inches and rifle recoil energy measured in foot pounds based on a fully loaded and scoped 8.5 pound, 24" barrel length rifle with scope mounted 1.5" above bore centerline.
Rifle Ballistics Table Compiled By: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.
30-30 Winchester Factory Ammunition Ballistics Table
Centerfire Rifle Cartridge /
Cartridge Manufacturer;
BB=Buffalo Bore, F=Federal,
H=Hornady, R=Remington,
W=Winchester
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Muzzle
Velocity
Fps.
Muzzle
Energy
Ft. lbs.
Recoil
Energy
Ft. lbs.
Rifle
Zero
100 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
200 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
300 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
400 Yds.
Bullet
Drop
500 Yds.
30-30 Winchester / R 55 .139 3,400 1,412 4.49 0 - 3.4" - 15.0" - 41.1" - 91.8"
30-30 Winchester / F 125 .171 2,570 1,833 8.64 0 - 6.7" - 26.2" - 66.3" - 136.0"
30-30 Winchester / H 140 .277 2,465 1,889 9.52 0 - 6.0" - 21.8" - 50.7" - 97.2"
30-30 Winchester / W 150 .237 2,390 1,902 10.03 0 - 6.9" - 25.4" - 60.3" - 117.8"
30-30 Winchester / H 160 .330 2,400 2,046 11.04 0 - 6.1" - 21.6" - 49.3" - 92.4"
30-30 Winchester / R 170 .254 2,200 1,827 10.64 0 - 8.3" - 29.9" - 69.9" - 134.4"
30-30 Winchester / BB 190 .339 2,170 1,987 12.22 0 - 7.8" - 27.3" - 61.6" - 114.8"

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