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30-30 mystery

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Win1892, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Win1892

    Win1892 Well-Known Member

    I have some 30-30 brass of unknown origin, mixed headstamps, that has been fireformed to some unknown caliber. Obviously handloaded with the same primer but like I said, mixed headstamps.

    Anyone recognize the profile? 30-30 on the left for comparison. CSC_0274.JPG
  2. Galil5.56

    Galil5.56 Well-Known Member

    30/30 Ackley Improved?
  3. Gik-tal

    Gik-tal Well-Known Member

    Its hard to tell from the picture but if that case neck is expanded out to about 35 caliber it could be a 357 Herrett
  4. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    Looks like a .30-30 Ackley Improved.
  5. Steve Marshall

    Steve Marshall Well-Known Member

    The neck is too short to be a 35-30. The shoulder looks a little too sharp for a .357 Herrett. But that's probably it,
  6. Win1892

    Win1892 Well-Known Member

    It is a 30 caliber neck. I'm thinking 30-30 Ackley AI is correct. It mics out to slightly over on all dimensions, after being fired that would be about right.

    They were tumbled, sitting on a shelf above my cleaning table in my garage. That means I got them in the last 6 months. I don't shoot 30-30 so I would generally remember someone handing them to me.

    I've left a message with the person I think they came from to see if she has any fired cases from her Model 94 to see if hers is rechambered.
  7. DWFan

    DWFan Well-Known Member

    .30-30 Ackley
  8. JimKirk

    JimKirk Well-Known Member

    30/30 Ackley

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  9. Supertac45

    Supertac45 Well-Known Member

    .30-.30 a.i.
  10. Win1892

    Win1892 Well-Known Member

    Got the Model 94 from the owner and the unknown case chambers, so it is an AI chamber. No external indication that the rifle was rechambered.

    I do not wish to buy a set of AI dies so I'm thinking I can resize the neck only with a Hornady 30 cal neck sizer and seat with a New Dimension seater die and be careful not to contact the neck.

    $50 bucks versus $85 bucks. Unless I could find a AI die set for sale used.
  11. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Some lever rifles won't chamber a neck-sized case. Some will. Some will only neck size once. I have two rifles that take neck sized brass for 5 or 6 firings before the neck needs to bump back. It depends upon the rifle. I think I would try to find a proper set of AI dies which (along with the rifle) will last a lifetime.

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