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Thread: How light for plinkers in 30-30?

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    How light for plinkers in 30-30?

    For pot meat loads Iíve used as light as 90 grains in 30-30 pest removal plinking and small game; have a chance to try some 70 grain ranch dogs. My usual powders are bullseye and red dot. Anyone play with pistol boolits this light?

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    I'm interested in this as well. Want to do something similar with 303 British.

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    I've used as light as 55 grain HBWC's. Find someone who's been loading RB's in the caliber, and start with their load and go from there.
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    I’ve loaded Lee 113gr FP’s down to 800fps for shooting gray squirrels. Todd/3leg

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    I had a 77gr RN for 32acp that I played with. Got about 2" at 60 yds. My best light bullet is the 100g
    Hornady 1/2 jacket- 6.5gr Unique/ 1200fps. This shot less than 1" at 60 yds. Not bad for a 16" barrel
    336 with K3x scope. For my 30/30 Varmit loads I use 110gr Speer HPs and Sierra RN meant for the
    30 carbine/37.0gr IMR-4064 at 2700 fps. These did 1" at 100 yds. I just bought some 90gr HPs but
    they haven't arrived yet. I also tried balls for squirrel loads and didn't have much success in 30/30
    but in a old 721 Rem 30/06 they shot well enough to shoot squirrels at 40yds. At 20yds off rest it
    would chew out one hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3leggedturtle View Post
    Iíve loaded Lee 113gr FPís down to 800fps for shooting gray squirrels. Todd/3leg
    Without the gas check or with? I've not tried it without but I use these at 2000 fps +(not for squirrels).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    Without the gas check or with? I've not tried it without but I use these at 2000 fps +(not for squirrels).

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    With gas checks, I used these boolits alot, sized and lubed them all the same. I shot a lot these at 1500 to 2000fps also. 2400 and 3031 were powders I used for the higher velocity loads. Red dot was used for the light squirrel loads. Todd

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    I have a few boxes of a discontinued Hornady 32 ca pistol SWC (90 grains). I size them down a little and use them in my 30-30. I also buy moly coated 32 pistol bullets for 30-30 plinkers. They work great out to 100 yards and even farther.
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    I have shot the Lee .314 90 gr truncated cone sized to .311 over light loads of Red Dot with good results in .30-30.

    Seemed like the perfect rabbit/grouse load when deer hunting. Low noise. Rifle sighted for standard loads at 100 y shot dead to sights with those at 25 yards. And it was very easy to tell them apart.

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    There is always the option of a standard weight boolit sans gas check over 3 or so grains of fast powder.
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    I have years ago. Suggest you start with 2.0 gr Bullseye and work up to 2.7 gr.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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