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I have a Ruger International with an 181/2in bbl and a friend and neighbor with a 12 year old who wants to deer hunt this year,I want to load up some 30-30 bullets to the same velocity as a 30-30 can any one help me out with some loads for 150 and 170gr bullets so I can take this youngan hunting?
 

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I have had good results loading 170gr GC cast bullets for my .308s using Varget, about 10 grs. below the listed max for 168 gr MHPs.  Gives very mild recoil in my Savage Scout, and sub-moa accuracy in my 700 Varmint.  Similar technique should work for hunting loads.  Good hunting.
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Shoalbass,

With 150's start with 34.0 grains of H322, maximum 37.0-38.0 grains. That should start you around 2100 fps and top out about 2300 fps. This, BTW, is the Reduced Load of note in the Speer No. 13 for the .307 Winchester. They will be perfectly safe in your Ruger .308.
 

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Shoalbass,
        I have used 35gr of H4895 and a 170gr jacketed bullet which gives 2100fps in my 22" barrel. I have also used 22gr of SR4759, which gave 1950fps. That load had lower extreme spread than the H4895 but still did not group as well. (1.25 in  vs.  1.75 in) Both were within reason for the moderate ranges indicated.
       The biggest problem I encountered was reliable feeding. The Hornady 170gr FP hung up on the edge of the chamber, but the 170gr Rem. Core-Lokt fed OK, if not butter-smooth. Just check feeding before you load up a bunch. Especially if it's a youngster's first hunting experience you'll want everything to go as smoothly as possible! Good luck with your load and the hunt!
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