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Howdy all;
I am looking to hear of any experience with Remington's .30-30 Winchester Managed Recoil loading. Accuracy, penetration, the works. I picked up some and wont your opinions on whether or not it is good out to 100 yards or so for deer. I know, I know, the .30-30 is already low recoil but I have a youngster I wish to expose to centre fires and intend on it being a pleasant experience. The 125 grain bullet has a poor sectional density, but is that a big deal?

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If the goal is to get your kid shooting centerfires, the managed recoil loads are fine. If the goal is hunting, I would be very careful in my choice of game and the range at which it would be taken. The Remington 125g Managed Recoil load for the .30-30 runs out of poop pretty quickly, dropping to 919 foot-pounds at the 100-yard line. I would think with proper placement it would work fine for small deer and antelope within that range.

I have to say, however, I have never been one to think that such loads are a good choice for hunting. Instead I tend to believe that in most cases if a youngster cannot handle full-power .30-30 loads they are probably not ready to hunt. Just my opinion, of course.
 

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I have never fired the Remington factory load but have taken a couple of deer and an elk with handloads using the Hornady 130 grain spire point and the Speer 130 grain flat nose. Those loads worked fine and I'd take them over any 150 or 170 grain loads for deer.
 

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He may feel the recoil at the bench. But once he sees a nice buck and his adrenaline starts to flow, he wouldn't feel any recoil if he was shooting a 300WM. Let him practice with the lighter loads and then reset the sights when it's time to hunt. And after he drops that 10 pointer (and he just might) I guarantee you will never hear him mention recoil when he talks about the hunt. :)
 

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He may feel the recoil at the bench. But once he sees a nice buck and his adrenaline starts to flow, he wouldn't feel any recoil if he was shooting a 300WM. Let him practice with the lighter loads and then reset the sights when it's time to hunt. And after he drops that 10 pointer (and he just might) I guarantee you will never hear him mention recoil when he talks about the hunt. :)
This is sound advice, and true. I have trained hundreds of hours using light loads for self defense, and then loaded full power loads when I hit the streets. It payed off well, on two occasions.
 
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