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Help for Loads with Barnes TSX 150gr 30-30

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by mookmanjdj, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    I want to work up a load for my Winchester 94 with Barnes TSX 150gr bullets. I have several different powders. The rifle is old, 1926, and I don't want to damage it. Any help on this would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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  3. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I will be the first to say that Barnes really needs to do a better job of putting load data out there. Here's the data on their site:

    http://www.barnesbullets.com/images/30-30WinchesterWeb.pdf

    They do have this load listed:

    Minimum Maximum
    Charge Velocity Charge Velocity Load
    Powder (grains) (fps) (grains) (fps) Density (%)
    Win 748 31.5 2039 34.0 2168 96
    ♦TAC 30.5 2006 32.0 2096 90

    I tend to agree that TAC would be a good choice, and at 30.5gr you're not pushing it that hard. However barring that, the bigger question here is what powders do you have?
     
  4. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    I have IMR 4198, 4350, Hodgdon Varget, Leverevolution, Benchmark.
     
  5. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    It was a gift from a friend. I love the rifle and it's so much fun to shoot. I don't use it very often but it was made to shoot.
     
  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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  7. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    I checked out the Barnes site, but the only two loads they show for 150gr I don't have those powders. Do you think I should try to use the lower end of the 130 gr load?
     
  8. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Lyman lists 4198 at 20.5g to start, 23.5 as the maximum load for 150 grain round nose. I'd start at 20.5g.
     
  9. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    Thank You Dunerunner