30-30 Win What's your favorite powder?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by spittinfire, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    So I've now got a 30-30 and I need to start reloading for it. I plan to load mainly 170gr but I will probably dip into the 150grs for fun.

    I'm shooting open sights so distances will be 100yds or less on whitetail. That is my target and what I"m loading for.... What powder are you guys using?
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I have always used 3031.
     

  3. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    If you can tell by my screen name I am kinda fond of the 30-30 cartride. I have reloaded for it for 40 years now and have experemented with many powders and bullets from 90 grain to 190 grain. While there are alot of good powders, I like and have used exclusively for 20 plus years H335. It meters very well and cronographs well as moderate pressure.
     
  4. DougB

    DougB New Member

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    Hard to beat IMR4895. I use it successfully in many calibers.
     
  5. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    My favorite powder for the 30-30 is IMR 3031. H335 is also an excellent choice.
     
  6. res45

    res45 New Member

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    I use H335 & Red Dot for hunting and plinking loads but I don't use jacketed bullets. H335 is a good powder for either full house cast or jacketed bullets.
     
  7. NYPD13

    NYPD13 New Member

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    IMR4895 is a great general purpose powder. I use it in my M1 30-06 loads, 30-30, and 8x57 Mauser.
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Thanks for the response guys.

    I'm going to be loading on the heavier side of the scale, 150gr and up. I'm also starting to look into 223 so BL-C2 grabbed my attention. Anyone using it?
     
  9. ahole

    ahole New Member

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    IMR 3031 and 4895 I use in my 308s abit. Slower burn then some. In a 30-30 you don't want a hot burn.
     
  10. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    Yep, I agree. IMR 4895, I've been burning it in .30-06, .308, .30-30, and .444 for the last 35 years and have found no reason to try anything else.
     
  11. The_Kid

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    I'm going to go against the grain here; I like the slower burning powders, especially with the heavier bullets. I get a lesser velocity spread with the slower powder, (even though ES isn't as critical at the short range you mention.)

    I have used from H322, with absolutely terrible results, to H414 with wonderful results. Right now I use Varget, (for its temperature insensitivity,) from 110-180gr bullet weights; getting sub-moa groups at 200 yards with all. Some of my best groups were produced with IMR 4064 and Vihtavuori N 135.

    At 100 yards, any powder that can get you sufficient velocities safely is probably going to be accurate enough. I don't think I could get a load in my Win 94 to shoot a group over 4moa, and that would be sufficient.