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Lever Loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by area51, Jun 22, 2012.

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  1. area51

    area51 Member

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    Want to plink with my Marlin 30/30 on the cheap. I hear the 115gr bullets are a lot of fun when loaded with on top of some Unique. Would this bullet work on my lever gun? It"s round nose rather than flat but from I hear it could work out ok.

    http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item.asp?sku=00051206
     
  2. Uniquedot

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    That bullet should work just fine in your marlin. I use the Lee 113 RNFP in my 94 with light charges of unique and it makes for all day fun.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    150 & 170 grain Core-Lokt full power 30-30 has been loaded by Remington for longer then I have been eating solid food.
    Those bullest are both round nose.

    The recoil of a Unique/115 light gallery load would stand no chance of setting off a primer in the mag tube.

    Gofer It!

    rc
     
  4. ArchAngelCD

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    Missouri Bullets has the proper profile bullets sized to .309" in both 135gr and 165gr. I have been shooting the 165gr bullets but I'm thinking about buying the 135gr bullets for exactly what you want to do, plinking... The 165gr bullet shoot very well so I see no reason to doubt the 135gr bullets. I push them to just below 1400 fps without leading. I'm thinking 2400 will do a good job with the lighter bullets. I'm using H4895 with the 165gr bullets right now.
     
  5. ColtPythonElite

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    I recently bought a box of the MBC 135 grainers. I tried them with Unique from 6 to 10 grains. I could never get better than about a 4" group at 50 yards.
     
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    With what gun? Are you shooting a Marlin with a micro-groove barrel? If so it will be very hard to get any kind of grouping with lead bullets. The barrel in my Glenfield/Marlin 30-30 has Ballard rifling.

    Micro-groove and lead don't play well together. Think Glock barrels and lead bullets.
     
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    Yes, my 1894, 357 mag Marlin with a micro groove barrel does not like cast bullets.
     
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    hmmm... My Marlin 336C loves my cast bullets. I use a fn 177 grain .309 diamter. :scrutiny:
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

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    My gun is a Revelation(Mossberg).
     
  10. Uniquedot

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    Have you tried .311 bullets in it?
     
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    There are always exceptions to every rule. You are lucky to have a micro-groove barrel that shoots lead bullets well...
     
  12. area51

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    I never had great luck with lead in my micro-grooved 336. I tried .311" MBC Whitetail bullets that brad was nice enough to run oversized. Tested with 8-15gr of Blue Dot, 1195-1588 fps. Got surprisingly low ES, around 7-33 Fps. Just couldn't get very good groups, 2-3" at 50 yards with 9x scope. I abandoned them. In my 1894 44 Mag, I get 1" groups at 50 yards using MBC Smashers at up to 1500 fps. It has Ballard rifling.
    I did have pretty good results using Berrys 110gr Carbine bullets out of the 30-30. Pushed them to 2,000 fps, with pretty good accuracy, which was surprising since I had horrible Extreme Spreads around 110 fps. Only tested at 50 yards though.
     
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    My micro-groove 336 shoots lead just fine as long as they are .310-.311 diameter. Not going to win any benchrest matches but 3" groups at 100 yds are not uncommon.

    I'm a cast fan but I will admit that it shoots jacketed better.
     
  15. popper

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    and you don't load to J levels. Also try the hornady half jacket with unique. Lots of fun, no recoil, plenty of noise and 2" @ 50 ($12-14/100). Cast Lee soup can should also be fun.
     
  16. Walkalong

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    Consider Trail Boss. It takes a case full, and cannot be double charged. Load at 100% density, or 10% less, but do not compress.
     
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