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Has anyone here tried the 140gr 30-30 lever evolution load in an H&R?
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the all copper? yeah mine didn't like it. i lost a deer hit well with it too. i have yet to own a rifle that like any thing hornady makes. could be just my dumb luck, all rifles are different.

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I cast all my own but if I was to buy factory ammo I would go as heavy a bullet as I could find.

Mine likes the 185 gr cast.

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I like the Hornady Spire Points for my Handi rifle. I agree with the 185 grain cast, mine shoots the C312-185-1R very well. If I had to choose 1 bullet to feed all my 30-30ís it would undoubtedly be the Speer 130 grain flat point, it shoots well, or has shot well out of all my 30-30ís.

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Has anyone here tried the 140gr 30-30 lever evolution load in an H&R?
The last 30-30 I owned loved both the 140gr and 160gr LVR factory loads.

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I like the Hornady Spire Points for my Handi rifle. I agree with the 185 grain cast, mine shoots the C312-185-1R very well. If I had to choose 1 bullet to feed all my 30-30’s it would undoubtedly be the Speer 130 grain flat point, it shoots well, or has shot well out of all my 30-30’s.

At this point in time reloading isn't feasible for me, years ago I did shoot some 125 gr federal flat nosed hollow points, they worked great, thing is out here where I'm at a pointed bullet gives.just enough range advantage tomake them worthwhile
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I always shot the Hornady 130 grain soft points in my 30-30s. I even shot them in my lever guns with one in the chamber and one in the magazine. They'd be the shiznuts for a Handi rifle.

There has to be someone in your area that could load a batch for ya.... but then I drove through those sand dunes in Nebraska once upon a time on my way to Rose Bud to shoot prairie dogs. It was night time and you didn't see a light or meet a car for miles. In those parts your closest neighbor could be 5 miles away. Reloaders might not be as available as I think.

The standard lever action 30-30 is built to withstand 40,000 PSi. The SB2 Handi Rifle will out do that by a good margin. I have 30-30 brass that I have sized into 375 Winchester that have withstood 50,000 PSI for ten reloadings so the brass is up to the task. A 130 grain soft point at close to 50,000 PSI in a 30-30 might surprise you with how flat it would shoot.

If you have one of the older Topper 158s then I'd be leery about experimenting, but not with a SB2 gun!
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I always shot the Hornady 130 grain soft points in my 30-30s. I even shot them in my lever guns with one in the chamber and one in the magazine. They'd be the shiznuts for a Handi rifle.

There has to be someone in your area that could load a batch for ya.... but then I drove through those sand dunes in Nebraska once upon a time on my way to Rose Bud to shoot prairie dogs. It was night time and you didn't see a light or meet a car for miles. In those parts your closest neighbor could be 5 miles away. Reloaders might not be as available as I think.

The standard lever action 30-30 is built to withstand 40,000 PSi. The SB2 Handi Rifle will out do that by a good margin. I have 30-30 brass that I have sized into 375 Winchester that have withstood 50,000 PSI for ten reloadings so the brass is up to the task. A 130 grain soft point at close to 50,000 PSI in a 30-30 might surprise you with how flat it would shoot.

If you have one of the older Topper 158s then I'd be leery about experimenting, but not with a SB2 gun!


Mine is a topper 158 so I'll keep it reasonable. I have all the equipment I need, just need to get a couple kids out of the house so I have a place.to set it up
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My BA prefix (85-86) model 158 really likes the Winchester 150's. LT Dave's 158 likes them too. If you haven't tried them yet might be worth a shot.


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neckisred, great shooting and economic too, only take one target paster to cover the hole and shoot again. Take care, John.

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