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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Southcentral PA
Re: TC Contender 30-30 Load
I personally would not use a 150 copper bullet in a 30-30. A 130 is a maybe. Why flirt with the velocity threshold for reliable expansion when there are so many bullets designed for these velocities? I'm not that big on coppers. I shoot a few. I honestly don't even consider them unless MV is north of 2800 fps. In the same manner, I don't consider Ballistic Tips when MV is above 3000-3100 fps.
I'd rather use a 150 Interlock in a 30-30 than a 150 TSX/TTSX. At 30-30 velocities, the Barnes is the bullet more likely to fail. I'm not saying it won't penetrate but I feel expansion is a good thing to be able to count on.