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Old 12-18-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Bullet suggestion for marlin 30-30 with 1-10 twist

Just bought a new marlin 30-30 it has a 1-10 barrel twist and was wondering whats the highest bullet grain to be stabalized by this rifle and whats the least

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:05 PM   #2
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You don't have many options out there. 150, 160 and 170gr. You may need a 170 if your out for bear or maybe larger hog or elk. If try'n to stretch the range a bit hornadys leveration brand or just a good ole 150gr for general hunting out to 150 yards, maybe a bit more. None may shoot MIA or even 2moa. Just try one and see how your rifle likes it.

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You don't have many options out there. 150, 160 and 170gr. You may need a 170 if your out for bear or maybe larger hog or elk. If try'n to stretch the range a bit hornadys leveration brand or just a good ole 150gr for general hunting out to 150 yards, maybe a bit more. None may shoot MIA or even 2moa. Just try one and see how your rifle likes it.
Would you suggest 150 gr on deer or should I use higher
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The Hornady LeverEvolution in 30-30 are 160gr and will extend you effective range a bit. They will carry a bit more energy down range than the standard flat/round nosed lever action bullets. They've been very accurate in my Marlin 336C and you shouldn't have a problem taking deer with this round.

LEVERevolution Ammo 30-30 Winchester 160 Grain Flex Tip Box of 20

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The Hornady LeverEvolution in 30-30 are 160gr and will extend you effective range a bit. They will carry a bit more energy down range than the standard flat/round nosed lever action bullets. They've been very accurate in my Marlin 336C and you shouldn't have a problem taking deer with this round.

LEVERevolution Ammo 30-30 Winchester 160 Grain Flex Tip Box of 20
Great just what I need to know. Any thoughts on good ammo to take to the range.
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I would get a box of 150 and 170. Remington, Winchester, or Federal. Shoot them and what your gun likes. My Marlin likes 170. So I shoot those. Either weight will kill a deer just fine.

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I would get a box of 150 and 170. Remington, Winchester, or Federal. Shoot them and what your gun likes. My Marlin likes 170. So I shoot those. Either weight will kill a deer just fine.
I got 170 grn federal ammo when I purchased my gun so its to know I didnt waste $35 on a box of ammo my gun wont like
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I shot a lot of Remington Core-Lokt in 150gr and 170gr through my Marlin when I was shooting factory ammo. The only difference was the 150gr hit just a bit higher at 100 yards, both were accurate. I now shoot mostly reloads, but still keep a box or two of Hornady LeverEvolutions around. When I get ready to order more 30-30 bullets I'll get some LeverEvolution bullets to load my own.

Keep in mind when you're at the range, the 150 and 170 flat nosed Remington bullets will hit lower than the LeverEvolution rounds. I would sight the rifle in with the Hornady then just hold the crosshairs/sights high to compensate for the increase drop when you're target shooting or plinking.

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I got 170 grn federal ammo when I purchased my gun so its to know I didnt waste $35 on a box of ammo my gun wont like
I like the Federal Power Shok ammo from Walmart. I use it in my 243, 30-30, and 308. It's very accurate and the bullets perform as designed. It's priced right too.
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My Marlin and a buddy's two Marlins all prefer 170 grain, for tightest groups - and the extra mass helps the terminal energy. Our shooting distances are not over 100 yards, usually closer. Works fine on our smaller Florida deer.
I did try handloading 150 grain and the 160 grain FTX bullets - was not impressed.

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