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170 gr.Flat Nose Sierra /30-30.

I loaded a bunch of these for my son-in -law. I had the gun for weeks and was trying different loads and bullets. The 170s shot so true from his Marlin 336,that was once mine 25 years ago,i loaded them for him to use.
He is or was not a very good shot? I took him this year and we shot a good bit of ammo.
I worked with him shooting off hand and quick shots to the point,once i got him to breath right,he could pull his gun up and hit a 6 inch steel swinger every shot at 100 yards. I can't do that anymore! His son i taught also but he has a 30-06 i gave him .
The son -in -law was with me and my son on Saturday. The grand son had to go to Bloomsburg University for something.
2 hours into the hunt i hear a shot where he was posted and then we turn on our walkies and he says i hit one but i don't know which way it bolted? This is a brier jungle! My son finds him in the woods and they bring it to the road. It didn't go but 20 feet but fell behind an old hump in the woods.
Anyhow! That bullet,when it was skinned,looked like it some one had pushed a guard rail into it under its skin!!!! The bullet never came back out but we could not find it inside the hide or guts. It must have tore itself to pieces! The wound was about 18 inches long and went from a hole in the shoulder down along the rib cage,to a 12 inch path. The shoulder was no good but he good his deer. He was thanking me for teaching him how to shoot. It was his second deer.
He said it was 50 yards away when he shot?
IMHO That 170 Sierra Flat Nose is a deadly bullet at around 2000 FPS.
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Glad to hear they are so effective. I will be using the same combination this weekend for the first time, hoping to take a doe. I have used my .270 for my 30 years of the deer hunting but decide to mix things up a bit. Bought a 336 last year and the 170 FP sierras were the first hunting bullet I loaded for it. It did not take long to find an accurate load in front of IMR4895 so I did not bother testing other load options. Just over an inch groups meets my expectations for a lever gun.
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Many years ago my buddies and I loaded them up for the 30/06. We shot a couple of deer and they worked.
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...The bullet never came back out but we could not find it inside the hide or guts. It must have tore itself to pieces!
You must have missed the bullet somewhere or maybe it fell out getting skinned. A copper jacket doesn't disintegrate at sub 2000fps impact.
These are bullets I recovered at much higher velocities.
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Tundra, are those Sierra's? At least the three on the left? They look eerily familiar!
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Griz,i would say it fell out also but they were up a steep hill in the briers and old Pappy was not about to venture up see! I ask but they never looked for it?
All i can say is it sure done a number on the deer!

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Tundra, are those Sierra's? At least the three on the left? They look eerily familiar!
They are nosler ballistic tips.

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They are nosler ballistic tips.

I used to shoot Sierra Gamekings in my 257 and everyone I recovered was in bits. The jacket was almost always recovered while the lead fragmented badly and either the bulk passed through or lodged in the off side hide. I had one disintegrate on a shoulder bone hit never even went into the chest cavity....I stopped using them after that. I was driving them pretty hard though and most shots were under 50 yards so that probably had a lot to do with it.
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The 30/30 can indeed tear a deer up if the bullet hits bone. That's why I'd kinda like to get a 32/40 and run cast bullets in it for hunting Doe and save some more meat.

"A 30-30 is all you need. If you use a 30-06 you'll just hit a tree" -My Grandpa
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