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30 cal cast LFN source?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by coondogger, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. coondogger

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    I’m having a tough time finding cast bullets for 30-30 reloads. They have to be 160 gr .30 cal cast LFN. Anyone know where to find these critters?
     
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    I think the ones I cast are 168gr, I'd have to check. They are Flat Nose with Lube Rings
     
  3. cat_IT_guy

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    Missouri Bullet Co has a couple to choose from, 135gr and 165gr. Not clear to me if you are ONLY after 160s. If so, disregard. I havent tried these bullets from them, but have been happy with everything else I've purchased there (32, 9mm, 357, 10mm, 44, 45, 475 and a couple different for the 45-70). Plus, THR members get a discount.

    While not exactly cast, I have used the Berry's plated 150gr .308 bullets. Been happy with them at about 1750fps for a fun affordable plinking load.
     
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    Scooter beat me to it... I get my .309"s from Montana. ..and my .349"s. ...and some of my .411"s. ...and, well, you get the idea.
     
  7. coondogger

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    Thanks for the tip about Montana. My recipe doesn’t call for boat tails, but they’re still lead flat nose so I don’t see why they wouldn’t work. They’re for a 30-30.
     
  8. Charlie98

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    Not a boat tail... they are shaped that way to accept a gas check.
     
  9. Galil5.56

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    Curious what rifle you are loading for?

    Before my early circa 80's micro-groove 336 was stolen, I cast lee 150 grain LFN sized as large as would chamber. IMO and experience, these rifles do best with bullets sized a bit 'fat'. Never used gas checks for this application (as shown in the Montana website), as they only add expense, and time wasted installing w/o any performance gains when fired @ around 1000 fps. I do like gas checks when I'm pushing bullets above 1600 fps or so, but a lot of other variable come into play too. Good luck.
     
  10. coondogger

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    Loading for a 336. Don’t really need gas check bases but there aren’t many sources for lfn bullets in 160 gr weight.
     
  11. Rule3

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    Whats wrong with the 165 gr from MBC?? 5 grains is insignificant, depends on the alloy.
     
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    Oregon Trail/Laser Cast makes nice LFN 170s if they'll work for your purposes.
     
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    if you are not casting your own bullets then i would get either the berry's or x-treme 150 gr plated for the 336. both compaines make a 30-30 plated bullet. i used them in several 336's and winchester lever rifles. i used them in nra lever action silhouette matches.
     
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  14. Charlie98

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    Not sure why you are insisting on 160grn. When I first got my brother his 336, I tried both 150's and 170's... the 170's shot significantly better, so I've stuck with that since. As far as cast bullets, which is about all I load anymore, the alloy can cause more of a weight swing than anything else, and as one poster mentioned... a few grains up or down shouldn't be significant. Have you tried 170's? They are certainly easier to find...
     
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    Montana Bullet Works.

    I like the Lyman 311291 RN GC 170 grs myself but the LBT 160grs LFN-GC fits your needs. I use .310" in my 336.
     
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    I run them in a micro groove. There is definitely nothing wrong with them.
     
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    I loaded a batch of Extreme plated 150 gr fn over 3031. They worked well in my ‘94’s.

    I ended up with 500 of them, so it’ll be a while before I try the Montana’s.

    Stay safe!
     
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    The boolit I linked to is lubed and the gas check installed ready to load. So it's a Lead Flat Nose, "flat base". Exactly what you asked for You may not need a GC but it being there will allow a little more velocity without leading. The only "Recipe" I remember is what the Baldwin Sisters made on the Waltons. Get some other reloading data. I load for 5, 30-30s. 2 Marlin micro groove, 2 Winchesters and a Stevens 325 bolt action. All 150grn Lee FPGC from WWs. 160 isn't anything special. Adapt and over come.:thumbup:
     
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  19. Enfielder

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    If you you are interested in supporting small cottage industry, I have a friend who has been casting since 1967. He runs a bullet casting business out of his home. If you've ever met Ed, just meeting him made you a better person. He's one of those guys.
    Here's the link to his website. You order from there.
    http://maplewoodbullets.com
     
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  20. LRDGCO

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    Cool. Another Green Mountain Boy, and from the end of the state with less inbreeding. Will have to order some from Ed.
     
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    I wonder if his boolits smell like maple syrup.:)
     
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    Nice! He casts .348 bullets... he might just need my business!
     
  23. LRDGCO

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    ?

    how is this even a question? Have you ever been to VT? It'll be in the lube...

    :rofl:
     
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  24. Enfielder

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    If it goes out the business end, he casts it. His die inventory is pretty complete.
     
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    How is his mold inventory?
     
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