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

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

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  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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