.30 Carbine loading using .308 dia bullets


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AmericanFreeBird
January 28, 2003, 12:27 PM
There is an abysmally limited choice of bullets in the .3065 (.30 Carbine) and I was wondering if it is possible (safe) to use .308 diameter bullets. Obviously the choices are much more numerous in .308 in the 110 to 130 grain weight range.

Is a 1.5 thousandths of an inch going to cause a safety or other negative issue in a .30 Carbine load?

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jjmorgan64
January 28, 2003, 01:51 PM
I've always had good luck loading mine with .308 bullets, never even looked for the smaller ones.

MonkeyMan
January 28, 2003, 01:57 PM
I've never reloaded for the .30 Carbine but my dad has, a lot. He shoots a Ruger Blackhawk in .30C and other than some home cast gas-checked bullets all he shoots in it is the 110 grain offering in .308 such as Sierra, Hornady, etc.

Stay safe.

buford1
January 28, 2003, 03:10 PM
All my loading books show, are 308 dia bullets. Only ones I have ever used. 110 gr RN. 30 carbine rifle. 30 carbine AMT pistol. Never had a problem.

AmericanFreeBird
January 28, 2003, 03:20 PM
So I should be able to use a Hornady 110gr .308 bullet. That's what I thought but I figured I'd ask someone else, just to be sure.

I've got a universal M1 Carbine semi auto.

Thanks!

Paul "Fitz" Jones
January 31, 2003, 04:47 PM
I have cast 120 grain bullets with a bevel base mold for plinking with my Ruger with a mixture of tire weights and linotype. I have also use 120 grain bullets in gas check design for higher velocities. The next trip I make to my family ranch I might find a couple of the molds. A 120 grain cast bullet is also good for plinking in any 30 caliber rifle and used them in my carbine and 30-30. I sold a lot of them years ago the molds that is and I will have to see what might be buried in the barn.

Regards

yodar
January 22, 2009, 06:07 PM
a year ago ARMSCOR made .30 carbine bullets at about a nickel in bulk was offered by Centerfiresystems.com...They went fast.

I cast a lyman 311359 M-1 carbine labeled slug, (118 gr. NICE POINTY BULLET, cut for a gas check ( I don't use one) works fine with 13 gr 4227

John Fitz Paul have you ever submitted posts about Saeco Green on the cast bullet list! Enjoyed your participation when I was there, if it's the same gent!

He was a major Saeco mold and Fitz grips rep

yodar

Tommy T
October 25, 2013, 04:04 PM
My favorite bullets for 30 Carbine are cast from wheelweight metal using Lyman's 311316 gascheck moulds. I have both the round nose flat point mould and the same mould with Lyman hollow point; both purchased online at ebay. Casting just slightly frosty and using the water-dropped, heat treating technique I get bullets hard enough for standard 30 Carbine velocity (1900-1950 fps) loads. I use gas checks to prevent gas cutting the bullet bases; which can cause barrel leading and clogging the Carbine's gas port with lead particles. Size to whatever diameter is best for your firearm. I use LBT Blue Lube and leading is absolutely minimal. Solid bullets weigh out about 115 grains and hollowpoints about 106 grains; reasonable weights for 30 Carbine iron sights and loading data. As a result, I get cheap bullets, that I make myself, for inexpensive reloads, that work well in my WWII/Korean War vintage carbines, which are fun to shoot at cans, paper targets, and plastic bottles full of water and keep the coyotes away. Use appropriate reloading techniques and cautions; there's no reason to try to hot-rod these into something they can never be.

rcmodel
October 25, 2013, 04:13 PM
The .30 Carbine uses, and always has used .308" bullets.
Not .3065".

I am not a big fan of heavier then 110 grain bullets in an M1 though, as the action gets slammed a little harder by recoil with heavier bullets.

rc

Walkalong
October 25, 2013, 07:16 PM
And that is a good way to end a thread started 10+ years ago and ended almost 5 years ago.

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