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Old 02-12-2017, 05:41 AM
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Will a Hornady 30-30 Flex tip shoot OK in a 308 Winchester cartridge? I no longer have a 30-30 and thought that I might reload them for target practice in my 308 BLR.
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They should shoot just fine. If you found a lower powered load for your .308, they would also do just fine for deer hunting out to 225 yards or so.

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Because of the last two cartridge shortages, when I find a cartridge that shoots good in a particular rifle, I purchase a case of ammo for it. The three rifles that I shoot the most are 270 Remington, 308 BLR, and 45-70 Marlin. I have a life time supply of cartridges for all three rifles plus reloading supplies just in case times get hard. But, I like to shoot a lot. Shooting is my hobby, so I reload for target practice.
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i used to take a 150gr fn or 170gr fn in my 308 and my '06. they sure as heck worked. find a powder that will go 2300fps or less and you'll have a fine round.
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Will a Hornady 30-30 Flex tip shoot OK in a 308 Winchester cartridge? I no longer have a 30-30 and thought that I might reload them for target practice in my 308 BLR.
Depending on how many you have, I might be interested in buying them from ya, but I don't see why you couldn't load them with a mild charge of H4895 and have yourself a low-recoil deer hunting rifle. That's more or less what I do with rifles my wife and daughter hunt with.

How many bullets are you talking, since you buy stuff in bulk?
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The bullets are made expecting to be shot and perform at 30-30 velocities. I would keep that in mind if loading for hunting.
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i used to take a 150gr fn or 170gr fn in my 308 and my '06. they sure as heck worked. find a powder that will go 2300fps or less and you'll have a fine round.
I have a fairly large supply of Winchester's 150 gr. & 170 gr of old style Silvertip bullets intended for the .30-30. I found an accurate load by using reloading data consisting of either: IMR- 4064 powder or WW- 748, for the 150 grain Silvertip Winchester Bullet. Velocity runs around 2,400 FPS, in my .308 rifle, and I've harvested a couple of Deer with this load. Haven't tried the 170 grain bullet yet in my .308.
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:38 AM
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The bullets are made expecting to be shot and perform at 30-30 velocities. I would keep that in mind if loading for hunting.
^^^ exactly. If you push them to normal .308 velocities you may end up with lots of meat damage and a big mess.

Someone mentioned 2300, that is good advice. 2400 is pushing it. I really wouldn't go any higher.
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Now, if you were talking about the 160gr FTX bullets meant for the 308 ME, those could probably stand up to 308 velocities just fine.
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I'm exited for a new FTX that Hornady is going to start production on (as a reloading component) later this year:

It's Their 30 Cal .308 135 gr FTX®

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Ballistic Coefficient (G1) .274
Sectional Density .203
Quantity 100/Box


I think it's designed (and being used in factory ammo) for the 300 blackout. I'm interested in playing around with it in a 30-30. Was supposed to arrive as a reloading component late last year, but has not yet. I contacted Hornady a few weeks ago and they said they do not have a release/production date at this time.
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I'm exited for a new FTX that Hornady is going to start production on (as a reloading component) later this year:

It's Their 30 Cal .308 135 gr FTX®

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Item Number 3027
Ballistic Coefficient (G1) .274
Sectional Density .203
Quantity 100/Box


I think it's designed (and being used in factory ammo) for the 300 blackout. I'm interested in playing around with it in a 30-30. Was supposed to arrive as a reloading component late last year, but has not yet. I contacted Hornady a few weeks ago and they said they do not have a release/production date at this time.
That's an excellent weight for reduced recoil loads in '06, 308, etc. Presuming Hornady doesn't make it really thin-walled, to expand at the rather anemic velocity obtained from a 300 Blackout, it should be useful for youth loads in other 30's.
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Will a Hornady 30-30 Flex tip shoot OK in a 308 Winchester cartridge? I no longer have a 30-30 and thought that I might reload them for target practice in my 308 BLR.
Reading Broom_jm's last post inspired me to check my reload notes on the 30-30. I shoot the 160gr FTX and off to the side I have annotated to be sure and get the correct bullet for 30-30, which is item# 30395. The FTX bullet Jason is talking about for the 308ME is item# 30396. SO just check your bullet item number. Seems to me either ofthose would work in the 308Winchester.
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