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150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

Both weights have their fans, but which do you prefer and why? Brand? Real life experiences? Not interested in the Leverevolution stuff

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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

Slow and heavy. I'd go with the 170.

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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

I use the 150gr in both my 30-30's (marlin lever and savage bolt action). The only reason is that I try to limit the number of different weight bullets I use for all the calibers I reload. The 150gr bullet shoots well in all the 30cal. rounds I reload.
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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

my wife has a 30-30 bolt action. it belonged to her late father. its a savage model 340 and it holds a really good group with just about any 150 grain factory ammo at 100 yards.

recently used Winchester silver tips with good success on deer.

i am now waiting for the new Winchester XP deer season loads to hit the shelves. they are pointed, not round nosed, have a poly tip and have a higher ballistic coefficient and should be even more accurate.

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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

I have used both and never had a problem. My nephews had one that would not shoot 150 gr and other's would not shoot 170. Shoot the most accurate one in your rifle and have fun.

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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

170gr partitions. Wicked on deer, will get the job done on bear with no problem if so desired. I reload mine, so cost isn't a factor.

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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

Obviously if one shoots more accurately than the other, that's your huckleberry.

Beyond that, since trajectory is a non-issue, I'd pick the 170 for more sectional density and momentum. It's splitting hairs, really. But that'd be my reasoning.

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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

Right, since the 30-30 is a short range gun no matter what weight is used, I'm leaning towards 170. Bringing a box of 150 and 170 gr powerpoints and shooting two groups with each so we'll see.

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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

Neither!
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Re: 150 or 170 grain for .30-30. What's your pick?

A couple of million tons of deer have been harvested with the thurty-thurty 170 !!! If there has ever been a cartridge that has stood the test of time, this is it !!
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