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.30 Carbine loading using .308 dia bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by AmericanFreeBird, Jan 28, 2003.

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  1. AmericanFreeBird

    AmericanFreeBird Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. jjmorgan64

    jjmorgan64 Well-Known Member

    I've always had good luck loading mine with .308 bullets, never even looked for the smaller ones.
  3. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. buford1

    buford1 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. AmericanFreeBird

    AmericanFreeBird Well-Known Member

    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.

  6. Paul "Fitz" Jones

    Paul "Fitz" Jones Moderator - Emeritus

    .308 Cast bullet Great

    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.

  7. yodar

    yodar Well-Known Member

    .30 carbine bullets

    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

  8. Tommy T

    Tommy T New Member

    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.
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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.

  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    And that is a good way to end a thread started 10+ years ago and ended almost 5 years ago.
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