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Old 08-06-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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Anyone have any ideas on a lower recoiling 30-30 Win. load suitable for deer?

My 11 y/o will be headed out for his first time with me this fall and using my Model 94 Trapper. He is not terribly recoil shy, but is tall and a little on the skinny side.

Powders on hand at the moment are Varget, IMR 3031, Reloader 10x and H322. I haven't purchased any bullets yet so I am open to suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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Try the 150 gr bullets at the starting loads. You do not need to push max velocity to take a deer. The starting loads also tend to be very accurate.

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I would think he could handle the 150 gr rem, fed or win soft nose rounds with no trouble at all. I was shooting them at 9 with no problems. You can always add a slip on pad to the gun.

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i'm 15 now, and have been shooting the 30-30 since I started at 11 with 170 grn with no problem, have you taken him out to shoot yet?

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Thanks for the replies. I planned to use starting loads with a 150 grain bullet, just wondering if anyone had any luck with loading down and or/ lighter bullets.

He can handle 150 grain factory loads fine but I had planned to spend a few more hours and expend several dozen more rounds for familiarity before he goes into the woods with the rifle. He will be right next to me the entire time mostly sitting so shots will be well placed on standing or slow moving deer, no quick shots allowed. Thanks again.

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Thanks for the replies. I planned to use starting loads with a 150 grain bullet, just wondering if anyone had any luck with loading down and or/ lighter bullets.

He can handle 150 grain factory loads fine but I had planned to spend a few more hours and expend several dozen more rounds for familiarity before he goes into the woods with the rifle. He will be right next to me the entire time mostly sitting so shots will be well placed on standing or slow moving deer, no quick shots allowed. Thanks again.
I cast my own bullets for the 30-30. One of my favorite loads is a cast FN 175 gr GC with 9 grns of herco. I use Decron to hold the powder against the primer. That round will go through a deer within 50 yards but the deer will run if you make a poor shot.

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I've worked up some nice 125 grain Spitzer loads for my Savage M340 bolt rifle - intended more for flatter-shooting coyote loads, but our Florida deer run a bit small.
They work well in the Marlin 336, but then I'm limited to one in the mag tube and one up the pipe!

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Try about 30 gr of IMR3031 and a Sierra 125 gr flatnose hollow point. It don't produce much recoil and is extremely accurate (for a 30-30) in my rifles.

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