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area51
June 22, 2012, 11:55 PM
Want to plink with my Marlin 30/30 on the cheap. I hear the 115gr bullets are a lot of fun when loaded with on top of some Unique. Would this bullet work on my lever gun? It"s round nose rather than flat but from I hear it could work out ok.

http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item.asp?sku=00051206

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Uniquedot
June 23, 2012, 12:12 AM
That bullet should work just fine in your marlin. I use the Lee 113 RNFP in my 94 with light charges of unique and it makes for all day fun.

rcmodel
June 23, 2012, 12:54 AM
150 & 170 grain Core-Lokt full power 30-30 has been loaded by Remington for longer then I have been eating solid food.
Those bullest are both round nose.

The recoil of a Unique/115 light gallery load would stand no chance of setting off a primer in the mag tube.

Gofer It!

rc

ArchAngelCD
June 23, 2012, 04:55 AM
Missouri Bullets (http://www.missouribullet.com/results.php?category=6) has the proper profile bullets sized to .309" in both 135gr and 165gr. I have been shooting the 165gr bullets but I'm thinking about buying the 135gr bullets for exactly what you want to do, plinking... The 165gr bullet shoot very well so I see no reason to doubt the 135gr bullets. I push them to just below 1400 fps without leading. I'm thinking 2400 will do a good job with the lighter bullets. I'm using H4895 with the 165gr bullets right now.

ColtPythonElite
June 23, 2012, 05:23 AM
I recently bought a box of the MBC 135 grainers. I tried them with Unique from 6 to 10 grains. I could never get better than about a 4" group at 50 yards.

ArchAngelCD
June 23, 2012, 05:29 AM
I recently bought a box of the MBC 135 grainers. I tried them with Unique from 6 to 10 grains. I could never get better than about a 4" group at 50 yards.
With what gun? Are you shooting a Marlin with a micro-groove barrel? If so it will be very hard to get any kind of grouping with lead bullets. The barrel in my Glenfield/Marlin 30-30 has Ballard rifling.

Micro-groove and lead don't play well together. Think Glock barrels and lead bullets.

cfullgraf
June 23, 2012, 07:13 AM
Yes, my 1894, 357 mag Marlin with a micro groove barrel does not like cast bullets.

wgaynor
June 23, 2012, 07:13 AM
hmmm... My Marlin 336C loves my cast bullets. I use a fn 177 grain .309 diamter. :scrutiny:

ColtPythonElite
June 23, 2012, 08:39 AM
My gun is a Revelation(Mossberg).

Uniquedot
June 23, 2012, 09:49 AM
Yes, my 1894, 357 mag Marlin with a micro groove barrel does not like cast bullets.

Have you tried .311 bullets in it?

ArchAngelCD
June 23, 2012, 10:34 PM
hmmm... My Marlin 336C loves my cast bullets. I use a fn 177 grain .309 diamter. :scrutiny:
There are always exceptions to every rule. You are lucky to have a micro-groove barrel that shoots lead bullets well...

area51
June 23, 2012, 11:03 PM
Have you tried .311 bullets in it?

My understanding is that the Microgroove marlins really like the .311.. That's where where the Magnus .311 comes in.

I've shot .311 lead gc with great results.

Or try these... http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item.asp?sku=0003726513

ssyoumans
June 23, 2012, 11:37 PM
I never had great luck with lead in my micro-grooved 336. I tried .311" MBC Whitetail bullets that brad was nice enough to run oversized. Tested with 8-15gr of Blue Dot, 1195-1588 fps. Got surprisingly low ES, around 7-33 Fps. Just couldn't get very good groups, 2-3" at 50 yards with 9x scope. I abandoned them. In my 1894 44 Mag, I get 1" groups at 50 yards using MBC Smashers at up to 1500 fps. It has Ballard rifling.
I did have pretty good results using Berrys 110gr Carbine bullets out of the 30-30. Pushed them to 2,000 fps, with pretty good accuracy, which was surprising since I had horrible Extreme Spreads around 110 fps. Only tested at 50 yards though.

kelbro
June 24, 2012, 12:58 AM
My micro-groove 336 shoots lead just fine as long as they are .310-.311 diameter. Not going to win any benchrest matches but 3" groups at 100 yds are not uncommon.

I'm a cast fan but I will admit that it shoots jacketed better.

popper
June 24, 2012, 06:24 PM
micro-groove 336 shoots lead just fine as long as they are .310-.311 diameter and you don't load to J levels. Also try the hornady half jacket with unique. Lots of fun, no recoil, plenty of noise and 2" @ 50 ($12-14/100). Cast Lee soup can should also be fun.

Walkalong
June 24, 2012, 07:26 PM
Consider Trail Boss. It takes a case full, and cannot be double charged. Load at 100% density, or 10% less, but do not compress.

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