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Have any of you gents ever loaded and 32 cal (.311) round balls in 30-30 brass. I was cleaning out my tubs and found a coffee can full of those round balls. I think a little Unique or Trail Boss might turn my 30-30 into a squirrel rifle! A 42 grain round ball at around 1k fps would be fun.

Just wondered if we had any been there and done that folk around!

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I have in .30-40 Krag and in .308. It's been a long time and I don't remember how accurate it was, but I used 5 gr of Unique (the old one, not the new stuff).
 

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My old dead buddy Butch used to shoot .311 round balls in a 30 Carbine. and .380 round balls out of his 375 Winchester and they were deadly. When he died I got all of his reloading stuff. I can read writing but his writing was written rotten so I am having a hard time decyphering his notes. I'm gonna play with it in my 336 30-30 just for kicks.
 

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5 grains of Unique was a mainstay with round balls in my uncle's 30/30 for small game when I was a kid. Snowshoe hares were in season year round.
 

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sam fadala had an article in one of my gun/hunting
magazines some time back about that very thing
(part of a larger article- not solely about rb in 30/30)
he used those on extended hunting/primitive campouts

never tried it myself, but i don't see why it wouldn't
work just fine
 

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I was just telling one of my friends about doing this and he said, "Why in the heck would you want to do that?" I had to laugh. I have fiddle farted around with about everything there is to do with shooting and then something else comes up that interests me. I love my blued steel and walnut guns and am partial to my old JM Marlin lever guns. I think hunting skirls with my 30-30 would be a hoot. Besides there is nothing fit to watch on TV so I get to be creative in another shooting adventure. It might even make a good cat load. The world is full of ditch tigers......

Thanks for your replies guys!
 

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In circa 1990, I reloaded 30-30 with a Lee loader. slow but fun.
Anyway, when I bought my Lee loader I also picked up a bag of OO buckshot and used those to plink dirt clods on the range berm.
They are illegal to hunt small game with here in Georgia.

Roundballs are a hoot in a 30-30.
 

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Round ball sized to .310 and 2.5 grains of Herco shoots to sights out to about 25 yards in a Model 94 trapper. I can practice in the basement without bothering the neighbors, and don't have to adjust my sights. Sometimes you get lucky regulating. +1 with Bugeye; they are a hoot to shoot. Wish we could hunt with them here in Georgia.
 

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I shot artic hare near Fairbanks Alaska 45 years ago or so with a round ball from a .45-70 at about 75 yards. Was from an H&R Shakari.
We originally shot round balls from a .43 Spanish Rolling Block. Always used 5 gr. of Unique for the propellent.
 

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you poke it down into the case neck, similar to
a wadcutter 38 spl
 

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I shot artic hare near Fairbanks Alaska 45 years ago or so with a round ball from a .45-70 at about 75 yards. Was from an H&R Shakari.
We originally shot round balls from a .43 Spanish Rolling Block. Always used 5 gr. of Unique for the propellent.
My friend Rebel-1 and I shot 50 cal rb's in 4570's They were fun to shoot, and would have been good deer rounds for young shooters. The recoil was barely noticeable.When run through a sizer they looked like short jelly beans.
 

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I use these now and then, but I load it with a .22LR case full of Unique. Accurate enough for squirrel and rabbit out to about 35-40 yards (3/4"-1"), maybe 50 if you hold your tongue right, but I get better accuracy with my shotgun at 100 yards. I never really messed with trying to figure out the accuracy issue beyond 50 yards tho, so can't help much there. My muzzleloader with the same RBs shoots these into just slightly better groups at 50yds, and still maintains 3-4"@100, while this .30-30 does 8-15"@100. I don't know if its the twist, the size, etc, and have never really cared since this usually gets used on rabbits inside of 25-30 yards. It isn't quiet enough for pest control in my yard though in town, so I use a pellet gun for the mice and rats, and a quiet load out of this same .30-30 for possums and such. But for the possums, I have to set out bait and use my wood pile as a backstop, because 2.7grs of Unique will send a 170gr Lee FN bullet with enough force to punch through a possum of anything similar and exit out the other side from any angle.
 

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That’s exactly what I do, Gene. It still chambers easy, but is just slightly oversized. And don’t size your brass. Just reprime, add powder, add ball, and go hunting.
 

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We also load shotshells with RB'S. Makes a good deer stopper at shotgun ranges without the shoulder smashing of slugs. If I remember correctly, we used a 58 cal. RB in the shot cup of 20 ga. "Been a while"
 

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I did it with 7.62x54r in a Mosin, in my basement with primer only theyd go through one side of a cardboard box, but not out the back side.


I also shoot 00 buck sized to .314 in my H&R 732 2.5" double action revolver. Loaded over 2 grains of Red Dot they shoot to the sights and made a nice tight group. Good enough for most any kind of varmint, 4 or 2 legged.
 
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