.30-30 Winchester SSP in a T/C (using Sierra bullets)
Date: Mar 23 2016
The .30-30 Winchester (aka .30 WCF) is most known for being chambered in lever-action rifles such as the popular Winchester Models 1894 and 94 and Marlin Models 1893, 93, 36, 336, etc. Due to its modest power and case capacity, it has also become popular in single –shot pistols such as the Thompson/Center Arms Contender and Encore.
Rather than using traditional flatnose bullets that are necessary when used in lever-action rifles with tubular magazines to prevent detonations, single-shot pistols can utilize spitzer profile bullets.
Comparatively lightweight Sierra 110-grain and 125-grain bullets produced a rather high extreme velocity spread with most powders; however, Accurate 2015, Vihtavuori N-130 and Hodgdon Benchmark resulted in the best potential for accuracy.
Many of the loads containing 165- to 180-grain bullets could not be pushed to high enough velocities to offer reliable expansion on deer size game. It is therefore suggested to select a 150-grain expanding bullet, with the Sierra 150-grain FN being a good choice as it was designed to offer expansion at .30-30 velocities. Ramshot TAC and Hodgdon Varget powders produced the highest velocities, with both reaching over 1,900 fps, and were among the most accurate loads.
A crimp is not necessary; however, a Lee Factory Crimp die was used, which helped to reduce extreme velocity spreads.