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I was at the farm the last few days, still trying to get ready for opening day. One of the things I did was check my M92 357 Mag to insure it was still sighted in, which it was. :)

Then I unlimbered the 30/40 Handi for it's first shot since George re-chambered it. I had a bunch of 170 gr. cast RNFPGC's I had loaded up and used those to get it on paper and roughly sighted in. I was really pleased when it put 3 of those bullets into about an inch at 50 yards. Not bad for an arbitrary load. :D

Using 150 gr. Nosler BT's, I had loaded 3 rounds with 39 gr. of IMR 3031, 6 with 40 gr. and 3 with 41 gr.. I used 3 of the 40 gr. loads to complete the sighting in at 50 yards then shot 3 - 3 shot groups with the remaining 9 rounds. 39 gr. shot the best (pic below), 40 was a little bigger and 41 was biggest with vertical stringing. I'm just gonna go with 39 gr. and call it good! ;D

Depending on who you believe, 39 gr. of 3031 should give anywhere from around 2400 to 2600 fps. A ballistics program says (for a 100 zero) at 2400 fps bullet impact will be 0.80 inches high; at 2500 it will 0.00 inches (on Target) and at 2600 it will be 0.70 inches low. So I'm gonna trust Leupold's click accuracy on my scope and raise the POI up to the center of the diamond. If I get a chance I'll check it at 100 yards but most of our shots are under 50 so I'm really not to concerned.

Now I gotta dig out the 9.3X74R! ;D
 

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as long as it gave you a decent shove in the shoulder
you should be ok. if it'll poke a hole in the pump house
you'll have your animal. i never fret over velocity as
long as the lead goes where i want it. the rest is details.
good luck
 

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sounds like it went off with out any hiches. load sounds good for what ya want it for.
 

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Richard,

I would leave the krag at home. I have seen those "monster" Jawga bucks and it will take the 9.3x74r to bring one down. ::). Good luck and be safe.

BB
 

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Richard, I think you got a shooter there, keep it. That is a nice tight group, some come up and all will be good in the land. Take care and enjoy the 30-40 for us all, John. :)
 

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Its a real rim but brass, IME, is hard to get 'here in the states'. I had a Martini 303 Cavalry Carbine for a bit and found the caliber 'troublesome'. I prefer the 30-40K for chamber and bore dimensions (have two Krags). They love cast bullets, BTW.
 

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George is just finishing up mine. I should have it in a few days. This is the load I have waiting to try. It looks good on paper. We'll see how it does in the rifle.
150 gr. Sierra Gameking BC .380 42.0 gr. IMR3031 2695 fps.

It should do all I need. I'll sight in 2.5 inches high at 50 yards which should put me close at 300. Shots at 100 and 200 yards will both be about six inches high; an easy fudge factor.

Pete

Ballistics Results - .30-40 150 gr. Gameking
Range (yards) Velocity (fps) Energy (ft.-lb.) Trajectory (in) Come UP in MOACome UP in Mils Wind Drift (in) Wind Drift in MOAWind Drift in Mils
Muzzle26952419-1.500000
25263623130.7-2.5-0.7000
50257722122.5-4.7-1.4000
75252021144-5.1-1.5000
100246320205.2-4.9-1.4000
125240719296-4.6-1.3000
150235118416.4-4.1-1.2000
175229717576.4-3.5-1000
200224316756.1-2.9-0.8000
225218915965.3-2.2-0.6000
250213715214-1.5-0.4000
275208514482.3-0.8-0.2000
30020341377000000
32519831310-2.70.80.2000
35019341245-6.11.70.5000
37518851183-102.50.7000
40018371124-14.53.51000
 

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Yup, there sure ain't no flys on the ol' 30-40 is there Pete! ;D
 
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