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.
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.
30-30 Winchester Rifle Barrel Specifications:
Bore Groove Diameter = .308".
Barrel Length = 24".
Barrel Twist Rate = 1 in 12".
30-30 Winchester Rifle Accuracy:
Properly mount your rifle scope.
Properly break-in your rifle barrel.
Properly sight-in your rifle using a accurate sight-in target.
30-30 Winchester Factory Ammunition Ballistics: