30 BR for hunting

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  1. RonS

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    I have accually put together a hunting rifle chambered in 30 BR. During break in, I have shot a few different bullet using H4198. I found the Sierra 150gr FN bullet to be the most accurate so for, 5 shots at 100 yards. I have not run this over my chrony yet. Are there any other powders anyone can recommend I try? I would like to try the Sierra 135gr FBHP for whitetail.
     
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  2. RonS

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    Also, I’m using reformed once fired Winchester brass and Winchester large primers
     
  3. Sniper338

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    "It will keel".

    I wanted to do a 30br for deer too. Just never got to it.
     
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  4. WayneShaw

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    Stick with the H4198, hard to beat. There is a fellow from TX that uses one for deer and loves it, he'll probably chime in.
     
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  5. ebb

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    I have some very old info from a gunsmith that was making 30brs. In addition to H4198 he listed H110 and Win 748.
     
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  6. 2506

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    Nosler 125 gr ballistic tips are one heck of a deer killing bullet if you keep the impact velocity under 3000 fps. Would be THE PERFICT bullet for the 30 BR. I shoot it in my 308 and 30x47 rifles and my T/C Contender pistol 14" barrel 30-30AI.
     
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  7. GSPV

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    LT-30 Powder for another choice. The 125 Nosler or the 125 Speer TNT.

    In a 30 BR, you won’t have to worry about impact over 3,000 unless you also have to worry about powder burns ;).
     
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  8. RonS

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    Guys, have a 24" barrel with a 1:15 twist. I tried LT-30 in my 1:17 twist but had no success. Has anyone tried H322 or H335 in the 30BR, or how about RL-7 or RL-10x?
     
  9. MrMajestic

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    Vihtavuori N-120 would merit some testing. Along with the previously mentioned Nosler 125 gr. BT.
     
  10. fantastic

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    There is every reason to believe that a 125g bullet launched at 2950 FPC wouldn't be as deadly as one launched from, say a 300 Savage at a slower speed. Been a heck of a lot of deer, moose, elk and whatever one can think of killed with a 300 Savage.

    I like the idea of a fatter bullet to make a bigger hole and the extra weight. I know there have been plenty of deer killed with 6 MM's and even 22's but I would go for the 30 every time. ( If a 7 MM wasn't one of the choices)

    I don't know how well these short cases feed from magazines though.
     
  11. 2506

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    Who needs to feed from a magazine with an accurate rifle. I have killed a few hundred white tail deer over the past 45 years and I can count on one hand ever having to shoot one twice. If you take your time and place the bullet where it needs to go one is all your need.
     
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    I would add the 125 NBT to my list of potential bullets.
     
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    I think the newish 135 Sierra hp would be really interesting. Prior experience with Sierra hp's, they have been very very accurate. Would likely be pretty good on deer at BR velocities too...

    Interesting the FP has been your most accurate bullet... That's surprising to me. Also, on side note, I'm pretty sure that's a bullet designed for 30/30 and speeds in the low 2K. No doubt it would kill deer just fine.

    As stated earlier. The 125 Nosler is a wonderful killing bullet and should pair with the BR case very well. Wouldn't be afraid to shoot a deer at any angle with it.

    Any reason your not running Lapua brass? Possible extreme cold or just have a bunch of win brass?

    Sounds like fun project. Keep us posted.
     
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    Never tried RL-10x, or, H335 (this one would be last on my list), but both RL-7 and H-322 can be quite good -the latter, especially with the heavier bullet weights, as, though slower, it is denser than H-4198. Other decent powders (N-120 & H110) have been mentioned - if using them, work up carefully, as even in the 30BR capacity and BBL expansion ratio, excessive pressure can develop with small charge weight increases.

    The 125 - 135 Gr. weights have proven quite effective for dispatching deer. I know several people who have had good results with the 125 Gr. Nosler, and/or, the Speer TNT. For heavier weights, I'd try to shoot a few coyotes, or, other vermin to get an idea if the bullet will expand reliably. RG
     
  15. RonS

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    I reform Winchester 308 brass for my 7BR and 30BR for hunting. I save my Lapua brass for my 22BR, 6BR and 30BR target rifles. I was amazed at how accurate those 30/30 bullets can be in other cartridges. I harvested a deer or two back when I shot that particular bullet in my old 30/30. When I was a kid, I saw my uncle shoot a deer in the neck just below the head, the shot almost took its head off. He told me the best shot is when you separate the head from the body. I have missed that shot more times then I've made. He was one of the best off hand shooters I've seen handle a 30/30. But now with the development of the BR case, I have been able to come close to the accuracy to my uncle achieved to feed his family. Making 30BR cases from 308 brass is a lot of work but I think the end result, to me, is worth the satisfaction of doing something that I was told could not be done. The 125-135gr bullets did not work in my 1:17 twist 30BR nor did they group as well as the 150gr FN in the 1:15 twist. My 15 twist has the Robinett chamber, I will be trying the H322 and RL-7.
     
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    Nice shooting, just do the 110ttsx and don't look back !
     
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  17. GSPV

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    I shoot the 125 Speer TNT in a 30 Major AR. Works like a champ. It’s a pretty violent bullet. Don’t try to shoot through a shoulder blade. But double lung them and it’s bang-flop.
     
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    I have one Grandson with a 30BR and another with a 6BR. One uses 125GR and the other 87gr. Neither has had a problem with one shot kills on hogs or deer. As they get older, maybe we will go with something larger.
     
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    Ballistically, the 30BR is in the 30-30 class, so it'll do the job for mid-sized game just fine.
     
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    ACCURATE SHOOTER on this website:
    https://www.accurateshooter.com/cartridge-guides/30br/
     
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