Well, I've been busy gathering the reloading equipment I need and I finally have everything to at least start some reloads for my 30-30. Well, I don't have a bullet puller yet but why think negatively?
Anyhow, using what I've been able to pick up locally in these lean times this is the load I'm planning. Any comments/suggestions?
Winchester 30-30 case
Hornady 170 GR FP bullet
9 1/2 Large primer
IMR 3031 powder 27.0 grains
I would have preferred using 150 grain bullets for a higher velocity but hey, when 170 is all you can find...I could have gone up to 28.5 grains but that would be max load according to my book and I'm not willing to do that.
Thanks in advance for any further advice.
I load for a Model 94, and use the same bullets you have. I've killed a coupe black bears with them, and been completely satisfied. I use IMR 4064. I started at the min. load listed in my manual and worked up from there until I found one I was satisfied with. Haven't used 3031, so I can't comment on that.
A benefit for me using 4064 was that I also use it for my 35 Whelen, so this way I only need 1 powder for 2 guns. Actually, 3 guns, since my oldest boy also has a 30-30.
The book I have only shows three loads for 170 grain bullets using 3031 powder so I might also start at the lowest and then try the middle load.
Thanks for the pointer on pulling bullets. I'll remember that if and when I need to use it.