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.30 Carbine Light Load

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jimwill48, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. jimwill48

    jimwill48 New Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    Have a bunch of Berry's 110gr Plated bullets coming. But want to do something diff. I will be shooting them from a GI IBM carbine but want to light load them to approx. 900 to 1100 fps and "not" function the slide. In other words want it work like a straight pull bolt action. Anyone have any tips on loads, prefer to use Unique, 2400 or Bullseye powders. Thanks

    Just a note I remember owning a Universal carbine in the 70's that had a reversable piston that would do this very thing by blocking the gas port. The only thing about the Universal that was good :p
  2. USSR

    USSR Mentor

    Jul 7, 2005
    FWIW, 12.5gr of 2400 is a full power load.

  3. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Mentor

    Dec 7, 2008
    Mount Desert Island Maine
    I have a couple Ruger 30 Carbine pistols and really load them down but have not experimented with low power rifle loads yet. I would start with starting loads of propellants that can be downloaded and drop them some and try that. FWIW I use Blue dot with 115LRN bullets in the Ruger loads IIRC .7CCs, a really light revolver load. I would not use that in a rifle as it would stick the bullet for sure.
  4. Sgt. Stiglitz

    Sgt. Stiglitz New Member

    Sep 21, 2009
    Tucson, Az
    .30 Carbine Loads

    I have the RCBS 32-98-SWC, after I size it to .309, it goes around 98 gr. I loaded it with 4.5 grs of WW231 for around 1149fps and it is a straight pull. 3grs of WW 231 will get you around 890 fps. 5 grs of WW231 bumps it up over 1300 fps which defeats the whole purpose of a light load. Low noise. 4.5grs of Unique give you around the same 1149 fps. I had a bunch of .32 Cal HPWC's that I loaded into the .30 Carbine inverted after I resized them to .309. They shot really well too. Little 85/86Gr FML round nose for the .30 Tokarov shoot great over 5 Grs of WW 231 for around 1200 fps and again it is a straight pull. I have two Carbine, one a Parts gun, Springfield reciever I got back in the late 90's I think. I sent it off Fulton Armory, who put together a real nice .30 carbine for me. the other I have is an Old BlueSky Inland re-import that shoots great! I just loaded up a buch of 110gr FMJ's with 13.1Grs of WW296.

    BlueSky top, Springfield bottom.......

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2012

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