30-30 Casting, Loading, and Shooting 1871-1971 NRA Rifle Using The NOE HTC310-173-FP Mold
Years ago (after much frustration with my Marlington/Remlin 30-30), I gave up on the 30-30 cartridge. I just could never get my Marlin 336 to shoot well. I tried factory ammo, reloaded ammo with jacketed bullets, pointy hornady (flex tip) bullets, cast bullets, etc… as well as several different powders. My levergun just shot horribly. Out of frustration I sold the levergun and gave away my 30-30 ammo to a friend. I was “done” with that levergun, and I figured I might as well be done with the 30-30 cartridge too (since I had sold my previous 30-30 rifles before the purchase of my 336). Living in the west, with all this open desert to shoot longer distances, I felt that the 30-30 cartridge no longer provided me with any useful purposes. I had my 300 whisper/blackout for shorter distance shooting and my 308 win for my mid to longer distance shooting and I didn’t need or want a 30-30 anymore.
Fast forward to sometime last year–I walked into a local pawn shop and noticed a “musket-looking” levergun. I asked to see it and liked what I saw–it had a nice long barrel, full length wood stock, a ladder sight on the barrel, and everything was in beautiful condition. It was a Win 94′ NRA commemoration rifle 1871-1971 that was unfired. The price was under $500 and everything said, “Buy me! Buy me!” There was one downside–It was chambered in 30-30 (of course it was… it was a win 94). I thought about it for a little while and then asked the pawn shop guys to hold it for me for a day so I could think about it. That night I went over the pros and cons about getting back into the 30-30 cartridge–that previous 336 REALLY left a bad taste in my mouth. The pros and cons leaned towards NOT buying the rifle due to the fact that it was chambered in 30-30, but the way it was configured made me want it more and more… I love ladder sights, I love lobbing lead, I love long barrels on older style rifles, and the full length musket-looking stock just looked great.
I convinced myself that I would buy it, and if I hated it, I would just sell it like I did with the 336. I walked out with it, and I felt good about my purchase. I still had my 30-30 dies and some brass in storage that I planned on using. I finally ended up shooting it, playing with a couple different loads, and enjoying the rifle very much. I’ve had some crazy ideas of threading the barrel and throwing on a suppressor–so I could lob quiet subsonic ammo out to some steel plates at “longer than normal distances” for some good times, but I haven’t done so yet…
It took me a while but I got around to snapping some video making a moderate plinking load and showing how it shoots. The bullet mold I am using in this video is the NOE HTC310-173-FP bullet mold which can be found at this link: http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/index.php?cPath=84_539_505&osCsid=5tfntbabm46lujvj1stlfn0fl4 Be sure to use coupon code ‘ flt001 ‘ to save a few bucks on your NOE order! This bullet with this load seems to fly well out to 300 yards.
-Mister F. L. Taco
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