I really enjoyed Jeff's blog article about gallery loads in the 30-30. I have a similar load for my 30-30's which consists of a tumble lubed Lee 314-90-SWC with 4.5 grains of Trailboss. They are minute of clay portion accurate at 25 yards, have no perceptible recoil, and are pretty quiet, about like 22lr from a rifle. I was glad to discover a use for the Trailboss. I bought a can several years ago to see what it would go and was disappointed until I found this load. For pennies a round I can have all the plinking fun I want! That shoot great from my Marlin 336, and almost as good from my Savage 340. I would be interested in hearing about similar really light loads other use. What bullet weights and powders do you use? What firearms do you shoot them in?
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I have a H&R Handi-rifle in 7.62X39. Mostly I use 3.0 grains of Bullseye and the Lyman 311241, 150 grain bullet. It shoots almost as well from the CZ American, although it prefers the Lyman 311316.
NOE 460-186 lubed with SPG over 5 grains of Bullseye. All day 45-70 fun! This should also work great with tumble lube. I use the SPG because it is always set up for my Lee 405-hb bullets.
Use 5 grs of Bullseye in 30/06 30-40 and 243 Win. The 30's get the NOE 311-115 and the 243 the NOE 246-105. Low noise(sub-sonic), no recoil to speak of. and accuracy at 25 yards is amazing, although it begins to fall off badly past 50 yards.
I have long used the Lee TL 90 gr SWC as a "gallery" load in all my 30 and 31 caliber rifles. I TL them in LLA as cast then size .314. Those work fine in the 31 cals. For the 30 cals I then size them at .311. Sizing the lubed bullets keeps lube in the grooves and keeps the grooves from being swaged/wiped away. I cast them out of odds and ends of alloys left over from other castings.
In cases with capacity up through the 300 Savage I load them over 2.7 gr of Bullseye. In cases of capacity of 308W up through 30-06 I load them over 3.2 gr Bullseye. They run 800 - 900 fps +/- with those loads. and give excellent accuracy. Great for casual plinking, vermin and small game.
I also use cases with the flash holes drilled with such loads, especially in push feed actions.
Concealment is not cover.........
I've got the Lyman full wadcutter 32 mold. It shoots well out of my W 94 and my Contender rifle barrel.
I keep looking for a deal on a 32 revolver, just because I got the mold.
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