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Magnum Research BFR in 30-30

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by R.W.Dale, Oct 11, 2008.

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  1. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    Anyone gotten any trigger time behind one of these monstrosities? I would really like to get some impressions and first hand accounts on these. Especially regarding handling, accuracy, recoil and ballistic performance.

    I've stumbled across a honey of a deal on one of these beauties and being as I'm enamored with 30 cal handguns I do believe I'll put my savings account out of it's misery tomorrow.
     
  2. RX-178

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    I say go for it. If it's your kind of weapon, and you have the money for it, and can't think of anything else to use the money on that'd be more 'appropriate', or 'better', or whatever (yeah right :D)

    Go for it.

    I actually haven't heard of the 30-30 BFR before now, not that I ever really gave the BFR line more than a passing glance. I might get one as a companion for a Marlin 336.
     
  3. Kind of Blued

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    Oh no they di'in't. :what:
     
  4. Cosmoline

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    I found their .45-70 to be surprisingly easy to handle and accurate. It's a well made revolver and the recoil was less than a .454 SRH. Plus it rolls well in the hand, with less of a jerk. I would expect a .30-30 to be similar, though this is the first I've heard of it. I wonder how they deal with the dimension issues in the chambers.
     
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    Now that I'm pretty much set on getting a BFR 30-30 of my own... where do you get a holster?
     
  6. critter

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    I have shot a BFR in 45-70 and I shoot a Contender handgun in 30-30. As bad as they may sound, either is very shootable by an experienced handgunner. Accuracy will amaze you!
     
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    I was looking at their website and visiting with a guy that has a few BFR's. Close to MOA with a revolver. I see that they are well made attention to the details that make them accurate. Cost about $900.
     
  8. R.W.Dale

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    You know that you're simply enablers don't YA!

    10"bbl NIB for 750 clams shipped.

    Look for pics and a range report with chrony data in the next few weeks.
     
  9. MCgunner

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    I'll be watching...:D

    Think I'll stick with my Contender, though. I have a 12" barrel and get a just shy of 2100 fps with a Nosler BT, a little faster with a 140 barnes. Both bullets perform well at that velocity, in case you're interested. I'm using IMR3031, the old stand by. I shot some factory Winchester walmart flat point over the chrony, think, IIRC, I was getting around 1800-1900 fps with a 150, pretty pathetic. I'm sure there are better factory loads.
     
  10. R.W.Dale

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    That's pretty cool then, as a 12" bbl in a contender is pretty much equal to a 10" bbl on a revolver, keeping in mind that a contender barrel is measured from the muzzle to breach face, that only leaves the slight loss from the BFR's tiny cylinder gap to account for.

    I've cronied many underpreforming factory 30-30 loads from a 20" carbine so I find your claim of 1800 to 1900 fps to be outstanding.

    Either way I'll also chronograph the same factory loads from my winchester as well to establish a good baseline.

    Anyone know what the maximum C.O.L. is for a long cylinder BFR? I'm hoping I can shoot bulk pulled 147grn FMJ's as plinkin bullets
     
  11. MCgunner

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    What you might lose at the cylinder gap I'm probably losing at the compensator. It's the hunter barrel with ported compensator machined into about the last inch of it.
     
  12. Shawnee

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    I don't have a chronograph but the el cheapo factory Winchester PowerPoint 150gr. dropped a large doe DRT at 165yds. from my 14" Contender a few weeks ago. Can't be too shabby.

    I'll be watching for the report and BFR pics too.

    Good Luck

    :cool:
     
  13. MCgunner

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    Well, one thing about those flat nose and round nose factory .30-30s, the bullets perform at low speeds very well. They kill way beyond the numbers. :D
     
  14. MCgunner

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    BTW, is there a speed loader abailable for this gun?:D
     
  15. R.W.Dale

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    LOL who makes single action speedloaders?


    man O man I can't wait to get some trigger time, I've already loaded up some ammo in anticipation. Hornady 130grn SSP's over H-335
     
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    Hey Krochus...

    Another powder you might try with the 125/130-grainers is AA 2230. Seems pretty popular for the 30/30 among the deer hunters on the Contender forums.

    :cool:
     
  17. BrennanKG

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    This thread reminds me

    of a link my father-in-law sent me yesterday.

    http://www.vincelewis.net/60magnum.html

    When exactly is it too much gun?

    Right about there.


    I'm afraid even the 4570 would be a bit much for me. Now on the other hand, I'd love a handgun or revolver in 30carbine. That's a fun little round.

    :)
    B.
     
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    If it is anything like my T/C 30-30 10 inch you should love it. I'm into large caliber handguns and enjoy the 30-30 in a 10 inch format for 15 years now. That is one gun my wife will not let me sell or trade. It has put a lot of meat in the freezer!:D
     
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    Do they have a .45/70 BFR with a 3 or 4 inch barrel?:what: Or would I have to have it cut down?

    I was just thinking a snub nose version would make the perfect BUG.
     
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