Federal is the only commercial load available.
I ordered new brass (Federal) for my 7-30 Waters Contender Super 14" and it has worked out well for me.
I have developed a very accurate load using the 120 gr Nosler BT, well under MOA.
I tried a bunch of loads with Sierra 130s - I have had luck with their stuff in other calibers. Nothing worked well. !40s shot OK but I don't trust the expansion of these rifle bullets. I was getting good groups with factory 120s (flat point) so I tried the BTs that JD338 suggested and my groups tightened up. The factory stuff is not bad, but why use flat point in a contender?
The load I developed for my Contender 7x30 Waters with a Nikon 2.5X8 scope using the 120 gr Nosler BT is 34.5 grs Varget, Fed Case, and Fed GM210M primer. COL is 2.864"
My best 3 shot group is .225" at 100 yds.
This is a hot load which produces excessive muzzel blast. It can be seen on a bright day. The primers show no sign of pressure in my gun.
Please reduce by 10% and work up carefully.[/color]
Other loads with the same components that have produced sub MOA include:
33.5 grs IMR 4895
35.0 grs RL15
I have setteled on RL15 as my hunting/target load. It shoots .75 MOA but is much more plesant to shoot than the Varget loads and its excessive muzzel flash.
As with all loading data, please work up carefully.[/color]
Hope this data is helpful to you. Let me know how they shoot for you.
I was just over checking out Ron Reed's site. He does have a lot of 7-30 ammo in a large range of bullet weights to choose from! The 7-30 just became more practical for the non-reloader. No limitations due to flat nose bullets.
I got my first Contender last winter - new G2 with a 12" .22LR Match for target practice, quickly followed by a 10" 7-30 Waters for this deer season.
I don't reload, and don't know much about the different bullet styles, etc. The Federal factory ammo is working fine for me at the range, but I'm real interested to see that Reed's has several other options available.
Of Reed's 7-30 offerings, any recommendations for deer hunting with a 10" Contender? Any insights appreciated.
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