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30-30 bullet weight

Old 12-18-2020, 03:34 PM
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I'm currently looking at a Henry Single Shot in 30-30 Winchester to use primarily for Whitetail deer and Black bear. My question is what bullet weight should I use? I will be using Winchester Super X ammo so I'll be using 150 or 170 grain ammo. Which of these would preform better on Deer/Bear? Assuming the rifle shoots both equally well just for arguments sake.
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Old 12-18-2020, 03:50 PM
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when placed in right place your splitting hairs
I have always had good luck with 170 grains in my 30/30's, but at normal ranges, either one is just fine,
personally I would shoot both and see what one groups better in your gun and use that to decide maybe/
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Old 12-19-2020, 09:08 AM
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The correct answer is probably whichever one shot best. If they were actually the same I would go with the 170.

But I shot 220s out of my .30-06 the last two years so what do I know?


I don't think any critter will know the difference. I've shot deer with both our of my dirtythirty.

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Old 12-20-2020, 01:57 AM
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As was said, whatever groups better.
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Old 12-20-2020, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Whitetailturkey01 View Post
I'm currently looking at a Henry Single Shot in 30-30 Winchester to use primarily for Whitetail deer and Black bear. My question is what bullet weight should I use? I will be using Winchester Super X ammo so I'll be using 150 or 170 grain ammo. Which of these would preform better on Deer/Bear? Assuming the rifle shoots both equally well just for arguments sake.
Check out Hornady Leverevolution 30-30 ammunition. 160 grn with 40% more energy than flat point 30 30 ammo.
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Old 12-20-2020, 12:11 PM
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Honestly in the vulnerable old 30-30 I would suggest the 170 gr bullet. The 150s would be fine for whitetail but IMO out of the 30-30 is a tad too light for blackies, especially a big one. The 170s are a bit stouter and more than enough for deer. The doe I shot with my 30-30 this year was a handload using a Hornady Interlock 170 gr bullet and it put her down on the spot.
I'm not saying the 150s would not work for black bear but its better to have that little extra. Also IMO black bear are easier to kill than whitetails. it seems to me that whitetails have a tenacity for hanging onto life.
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Old 12-22-2020, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Oldtimr View Post
Check out Hornady Leverevolution 30-30 ammunition. 160 grn with 40% more energy than flat point 30 30 ammo.
Plus one for the Hornady LeveRevolution, probably extends your range by 50 yards at least. Don't believe compare the ballistics!
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