I just picked up a couple hundred 170gr partitions from sps. I think this should be a perfect bullet for Blackbear, caribou, and moose in the 30-30.
I picked up an older marlin 336 last summer from a buddy of mine and put a lyman peep on it. I figured my 11 year old could use it for spring bear baiting next year. He shoots my encore 308, 130 TTSX @ 3000fps, pretty good but the recoil starts to get to him after a few shots and the 30-30 is more fun for him to shoot. I also figured a repeater might be nice too.
Depending on how well he does with the peep I might mount a small red dot on the rifle for spring bear. Ranges would most likely be under 50-60 yards with plenty of time for him to line up the shot and I'll be there to back him up with a big gun, 375 Rum or 45/70. Too many brownies around to go in without an artillery piece!
I have quite a bit of IMR 4895, varget, H414, and 748 to play with. Anybody have any pet loads for the 30-30 and this bullet? Any experience with this bullet on big game?