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New Life for the Winchester 30-30
Hornady has given the 30-30 true 200 yard ballistics using a tube magazine safe soft ballistic tip. I recently checked a few WEB sites looking for reviews from hunters who have used this new ammo.... It looks like a winner...
WOW THIS STUFF BROUGHT NEW LIFE TO MY MARLIN!I
USUALLY SIGHT IN AT 75YARDS BUT I CAN GO 125 AND GET THE SAME GROUPS OR BETTER
THAN ANY THING OFF THE SHELF OUT THERE,KEEP STOCKING THIS STUFF WILL BUY MORE!
For many years I've enjoyed the challenge of hunting
deer and antelope with my 30-30 Glenfield carbine. About 10 years ago, Remington
introduced 160 grain Extended Range ammo for 30-30 but I saw very little
flatness in tragectory over plain 150 grain bullets. But this Hornady ammo is a
true improvement for the old 30-30 cartridge. With 18.5 inch barrel and zero'd
for 150 yards, this bullet is striking 2.5 inches low at 200 yards! Group size
at 150 yards is 3 inches. This flat trajectory for my short carbine was unheard
of until Hornady's new creation. I shot a young forkie mule deer at approx. 125
yards. He bounded away but toppled after a couple jumps. Bullet broke a rib
going in and another rib coming out. Innerds were damaged badly. I really like
the accurasy and flat trajectory of this new ammo. Gregg
The 30-30 is back, performing like a 307 RN with the
new Leverevolution spitzers. I have found the accuracy exceptional and the
terminal ballistics exemplary. Hit a Whitetail at 45 degrees just behind the
shoulder at lung level from 60 yards. He dropped in a single stride. The bullet
went through and through ribs on both sides, with the internal damage looking
like a 165 gr 308 ballistic tip. Except that this ammo holds together better,
with an enlarged exit wound.
In addition to my previous observations, I recently
made a five yard shot on a 140 lb Buck at a 46 Deg angle from a sitting position
on the ground. The shot broke his right shoulder, took out the heart and one
lung totally and exited through his left rib cage with a nice large hole. He
carried on for only fifteen yards before giving up. The 160gr LeverEvolution
bullet held together very well at point blank range to create a devastating
wound channel. I remain well pleased with this ammunition.
Shooters don't expect bench rest accuracy from 30-30
lever guns, but the closer my ammo groups the greater my confidence level. My
Marlin 336-C is sighted in at 100 yards with 170 grain CoreLokts. Recently at
the range off of sand bags with a 3 power scope I compared Remington &
Winchester 170 grain rounds and Winchester 150 grain rounds. Power points and
CoreLokts in 170 grain maintained approximately the same elevation. Silvertip
170 grain and Winchester 150 grain hollow points were about 2 inches & 3 inches
high respectively. The tightest group was 1.5 inches. Ballistically the Hornady
LeverEvolution 30-30 160 grain appears to be everything Hornady says it is. The
round loaded well from the tubular magazine (I have the old style follower and
had no feeding issues). At 100 yards my first group was blowing away the top of
the target frame. Lowering my point of aim I found the round to hit
approximately 8 inches higher than the CoreLokts and to group at 1-3/8 inches.
Properly sighted in the 30-30 LeverEvolution should be accurate and hard hitting
to greater distances than we have been limited to.
Great Ammo! I fired it out of an old Winchester 94
with near perfect results. We sighted in the rifle at 200 yards with a
consistent 2-1/2" group, and that’s about as good as anyone can expect from a
Retails for $18-$22 for a box of 20
Ballistics Lever Elevolution (160gr)
Traditional 30-30 (170gr)
Traditional 30-30 (150gr)
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