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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Man! Loving that rifle! Something about that look! Didnt realize Winny made one!
I’m getting back into 30-30 as well. My last marlin was a dream. 1 moa all day long with sierra 125 fnhp bullets (part 2020).
It was a short mag 30as “glenfield”. Biggest mistake was selling that ages back. Havent seen one like it since.

Just got my dads marlin for some fun.

Thanks for the vid!


That rifle sure changed your mind on the .30-30 huh? A great looking rifle there no doubt and that ladder is just the sight to lob lead as you say. My favorite is a commemorative also, The Legendary Lawman…it sorta kinda reminds me of my late Dad who was a celebrated Criminal Investigator in Harris County Houston. Mine is a carbine and it feels like shooting a Jr. rifle, the smallish size of it is handy when stalking the brush country. Had to dispatch a coyote recently who was having dinner with my chickens. This is what she looked like… Read more »

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That has some pretty wood on it!