Good 30-30 Ammo

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by ninjatoth, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    I am letting my friend use my 30-30 for whitetail hunting this year,but I have never hunted with it yet,so I don't know what ammo is best.We hunt in thick brush with 75-yards max range.Are the blue box Federal softpoints any good?I plan on buying those cause they are only 11 bucks at walmart,or is there something better?
     
  2. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    The 150 is fine. That said, I use the Remington 170 SP when I use the 30-30. The Hornady LeverEvolution ammo only gets rave reviews, but it's higher priced:mad:, harder to find:confused:, and I've never used it:eek:.
     

  3. DrumJunkie

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    That Hornady Lever Evolution stuff is the cats ass
     
  4. SHSBulldog06

    SHSBulldog06 New Member

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    Hornady Lever-Evolution works great in both of my Marlin 336's. That is my main ammo in them, but if max range is 75 yds for you then I'm sure the cheaper stuff will work just as good for ya.
     
  5. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    My main concern with the Leverevolution is that the bullet might deflect off the brush and twigs and not cut through like the flatpoints,but I don't know if such a soft point could possibly cause a deflect or not.I have also noticed that Federal,Hornady,Winchester and Remington all make a 150grn@2,390fps load,is this the standard load?I think I would be better off buying 2 boxes of Federal for the same price as one of the Leverevolution and have 30 pre season practice rounds rather than 10 of the expensive stuff.And I don't think at 30 yards,which is my usual kill range,the deer will know the difference between an expensice bullet and a cheap one.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I would suggest Federal 170gr. soft points. It will cut through the brush better and it doesn't cost much more than the 150gr. Power Point stuff.
     
  7. UnderFire

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    yep!! +1 on that suggestion :)

    Here in my state hunting season is over, so now is the time to stock up on hunting ammo. Georgia Arms has some "Precision Plus" ammunition that's worth checking out.
     
  8. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    I found some serbian made 30-30 ammo that shoots in excess of 2,500 ft lbs muzzle energy,that's alot more than the 1,900 average.I think that I will stay clear of it considering my gun is 65 years old.
     
  9. Bigdog57

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    I have always favored the tried&true Remington 170 grain Thutty-thutty in my Marlin 336, but began trying some SP spitzers in my little Savage M340 bolt-action.
    This past season, I tried handloading the Hornady 160 grain FTX - same bullet as the Leverevolution - worked great in the 336! Excellent accuracy (though my distance never exceeds 80 yards here) and good 'smack down'. ;)
    Sixpointer in the freezer - no complaints.
     
  10. A5Mag12

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    Federal Hi-Shock, Remington Core-Lokt or Win's version in either 150 or 170 Gr. all work just fine in any 94 or 336 I've ever seen. Either is more than enough for any deer or most any other big game inside 150 yards.
     
  11. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    Honestly,we make usually only 30 yard shots where we hunt,sometimes through sapplings,so I think any old bullet will work just fine,I think I will stick with 150 seeing as it has a little more energy at close range,and I doubt I will actually hit sapplings.I don't know if hollow points or soft points or the hyshoks are going to be the best though.
     
  12. superc

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    Any bullet, of any caliber, and of any shape can potentially deflect on shrubs, branches and twigs. Some do so more often than others, but all of them can and sometimes do.

    That being said, just about any factory brand of 30-30 ammo should work equally well for the use you have described. From the viewpoint of the deer there is no practical difference to being killed with a Winchester round rather than one sold in a box marked Remington or Hornady. Dead is dead. The plus for the SP ammo is the rounded nose. Pointed spire tip ammo runs the risk of the bullet nose impacting (during loading or recoil) the primer of the next bullet in a tubular magazine (such as is found in Marlins and Winchesters).
     
  13. jeepcreep927

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    Agreed. The myth of "brush busters" is just that. A myth. Flat points are not going to perform better than a spire point or spitzer by plowing through undergrowth.
     
  14. RMc

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    Good ammo for the .30-30 is easy to find!

    The .30-30 has been around a long time and the ammo mfrs. have got it down pat for deer hunting. Don't get carried away about 150 vs 170 grain loads. Reality, from 20 inch barrels the 150gr move out around 2150 fps and the 170gr at 2050 fps. Just use what the gun likes.
     
  15. powg

    powg New Member

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    30-30-ammo

    i have used win,big green,new hornady ....its a toss up... i only have used 150's til the hornadys ..i like the leverevolution 165's..but the winchesters have always performed great