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7.62 bullets in a .30-30

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jonjon1885, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. jonjon1885

    jonjon1885 Well-Known Member

    ok heres the story.

    recently i pulled the bullets out of some old wolf 7.62x39 and i wanted to load them for my .30-30 as i thought that the nato designation of 7.62 was .30 cal and that th e .30-30 was the same.

    now before you go saying never load pointed bullets in a tube mag, i know these will be for single shot only.

    now when i measured (with micrometer) the pulled bullets they read @ .310 instead of the .308 that my normal sierra 30-30 170gr FN measure.

    so the question is will this kill me or hurt the rifle :eek:, or will it work ok? :cool:
  2. BattleChimp Potemkin

    BattleChimp Potemkin Well-Known Member

    Higher pressures, more barrel wear, etc... Think of the old Mini-30s with a .308 bore and people using .310 7.62x39 ammunition in it (I think they revised it the bore diameter). It is not condusive to accuracy (.30-30s are not WW2 German taper bore guns) and wear. It can be done, but why? 7.62x39 diameter is .310-.311 (same with 7.62x54mm Russian). American 7.62 is .308.
  3. Seafarer12

    Seafarer12 Well-Known Member

    Personally I wouldn't fool with it. Just remember next time.
  4. jonjon1885

    jonjon1885 Well-Known Member

    just FYI i have not loaded these yet as i do not feel like messing up the rifle that was given to me at birth, or sitting in a hospital from a catastrophic failure.

    i needed the expert advice from THR's 1000+ man years of experience.
  5. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    better idea

    trade them to me 2 for 1 for brandy new .308 Winchester 150 gr flat points.....perfect for any .30-30

    or trade me the loaded Wolf 1 for 2.

    how many are you talking about?

    PM if interested
  6. FieroCDSP

    FieroCDSP Well-Known Member

    I have a box of 100ct 110gr .308 HP's (Speer#1835) I'd be willing to trade on some of those Wolf .310's. PM if interested.
  7. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Well-Known Member

    But the 7.62x39 isn't a NATO cartridge.
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Older 30-30's normally used 150 or 170 grain .307" or .308" jacketed bullets.

    It certainly would not cause it to blow up using lighter 124 grain .310" steel jacket Ruskeys in it, but it's probably not good for the barrel, or for accuracy.

    You also might run into chambering issues if the loaded round is too big for the chamber neck area.


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