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Questions on low-power buckshot .30 cal rifle loads?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MrBorland, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. MrBorland

    MrBorland Moderator

    Apr 13, 2007
    Really don't know why I'm asking...I don't own a .30 caliber rifle, but maybe I'm trying to rationalize getting a .30-30.

    Anyhow, I've read several places how one could whip up some low-power .30 cal loads by using a single 0-buckshot pellet and 3 grains of bullseye. Supposedly, the load does surprisingly well as a small game load, and, of course, as a plinker, which would extend the versatility of the caliber quite a bit.

    My 1st question, though, is in the use of an O-buckshot pellet, which has a diameter of 0.32". It seems like the next-smaller #1 buckshot, with a diameter almost exactly the same as a .30cal bullet, would be perfect. So...why the relatively over-sized 0-buckshot? Does it swage down and engage the rifling better than a #1 pellet?

    Second, what about a .35Remington (I do have one of those)? 000-buckshot is just over 0.36" in diameter, whereas a .35Rem bullet is 0.358. Could one do something similar using a 000-buckshot pellet in .35Rem brass? The pellet is a bit larger than the bullet, but by a smaller margin than the 0-buckshot/.30cal combo.

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