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The Ultimate Reloading Manual
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The Ultimate Reloading Manual
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.30-30 Winchester (using Hornady bullets)

Author: Brian Pearce / Wolfe Publishing Co.
Date: Mar 18 2020

The .30-30 Winchester is generally considered the first small-bore sporting (non-military) American cartridge developed specifically with smokeless powders. It was primarily developed by John Browning for his lever-action design that became the Winchester Model 1894, but was not chambered until 1895 with the advent of Nickel Steel barrels. Its cartridge’s success speaks for itself, as there have been many millions of rifles sold including single-shot, pump, bolt-action and several lever-action variations.

Cases should be full-length sized to assure easy chambering. With the exception of the Hornady FTX, spitzer bullets should not be used in tubular magazines.

A firm crimp is required, which will help keep bullets from deep seating when subjected to recoil while resting in tubular magazines. If cases are not uniform in length, the correct crimp on all cartridges may be difficult to achieve with traditional crimp dies. In effect, some will crimp too lightly, while others crimp too heavily, and may even buckle the case. As long as all cases are within industry minimum and maximum lengths, a Lee Factory Crimp die will help obtain a uniform crimp with cases of varying lengths, and should be used as a separate step after bullets are seated to the correct overall length.

When seating Hornady FTX bullets designed specifically for the .30-30 but with spitzer profiles and soft rubber tips to prevent primer ignition in tubular magazines, the seating stems should be profiled to fit the bullets’ ogives to prevent damage to the tips. This also helps assure that bullets seat uniformly to the correct overall length.