Thought I'd try to revive this thread. Sprang for the the low end Remlin 336W this weekend. Should be here next week...+ 10 days for Ca. waiting period.
Since I tend to believe in casting my own... I'm wondering what everyone's favorite bullets and or loads that approximate factory loads are.
Was looking at the old Phil Sharpe book from the 30's... looks like a Lee 170g. RF over 21 gr. of 2400 would get one close, but would need to have a gas check I guess.
I'm wondering that if one plans to use cast, whether the same basic gun in 44 mag. might not be a better choice... heavier bullet weight... so you can be effective (within range) without gas checks and such?
Really wanted the 45-70, but just haven't been seeing them NIB, and Marlin told me they are backlogged into 2014... so figured, "what the heck... 30-30 has a 100+ year history of being effective... I'm no great white hunter... I can wait until next year for the SS 45-70."
It's not like there's a rush, but did want something that straddled the line between bolt action and the AK/SKS thing. A little faster if used for self defense, but not semi-auto so ammo sensitivity isn't so crucial. Were I not in Ca. and prices not so high these days, I *would* be looking at AK, SKS, M1A, etc.
Anyway, I'm big on rolling my own as much as possible. But I'm wondering if 30-30 really is best served with factory jackeded bullets?
That was one of it's orignal claims to fame, no? "First commercial smokeless round intended for metal patched bullets"?