I am working with an All Story borchardt in .30-40 Krag. So far, I have used H4227 & Rel.7. Cast bullets in weights from 170gr.-200gr. The Rel.7, while accurate, has a bit more muzzle blast & recoil than H4227...probably because of it,'s slower burn rate. Lyman lists H4227 with a burn rate of 54 & Viht. 130 at 56. Has anyone used this powder in .30 castloads?
Vihtavuori 130 .30-40 krag loads?
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I drool at the thought of your rifle. Sorry I can't help with loads. To show what an old died in the past codger, that I am, I don''t even have a load book with Vihtavuori powder info in them. I don't know what your rate of twist is, but I have a Model 95 Winchester in 30-40 and it prefers the heavier bullets. Reloader 7 is my favorite powder in the larger bores such as .358 and .375. I'm shortly going to be reloading some 30-30 and .308 cast loads with Reloader 7. Good luck with your loads and new rifle.
David a. Cogburn
I shoot a 3040Krag No.3 Ruger, Cast Bullet Silhouette
Reloder 7, 311299, NOE copy, will maintain accuracy out to 500M, holding the rifle right...I use Unique out to the Turkeys, using RCBS 30-180-SP,
I had 4 pounds of VV N130, used 2 pounds, and the third when opened at the range the smell almost got me, dumped it on the ground, all of the powder had a different date and number, the last pound I have is 2.2.2011, I have used it in my 30-30, 38-50 Rem, and 30-40 Krag, there are loads for this powder in the Lyman Cast Bullet Manual, 4th Edition, I used the .308W loads, the case capacity is close
18.0 grs , VV N130 seems to be well suited for my 38-50 Rem, 340 gr, PB bullet, shoots same point as a 60 grs, 1 1/2 OE
the most accurate load for both my 30-40Krags, Ruger and Martini with 2groove GI barrel, is 21-22 grs of Reloder 7, 30-180-sp RCBS, 11-12BHN bullets, BAC Lube
went back and read Mashburns post, I also have a Browning/Maruko Model 1895, 30-40 Krag, local Sil Match out to 200yds, the 22 grains of Reloder 7, and the RCBS bullet has kept me in the winners circle, for the years I shot in the class, I put a tang sight on it, barrel sights and old guys don't work
Do you have any idea what velocity the Reloader 7 loads were in the 95 Winchester. I'm going to try that in my old 95.
David a. Cogburn
I've used VV N-130 in the .308 with the RCBS 30-180-SP. The results were on a par with my Reloder #7 loads, very repeatable. If I did my part, the goups were minute-of-angle.
My experience with N-130, N-133 and N-135 has been good, just need to play a little bit to find the exact load. I did not follow up on N-130 because I was usiing Reloder #7 in .45-70, .30-'06 and .30-30. I bought Reloder #7 in 8-pound containers and it was handy.
Farm boy from Illinois, living in the magical Pacific Northwest
sorry for taking long to get back, records were buried
21.7 grains of Aliant Reloder 7, RCBS 30-180-SP, Sized .311, Hornady GC, BAC lube, Fed 210GM primer, my notes indicate, 1730-1750, accurate, not much recoil
FWIW, The Browning/Maruko has a slightly different chamber than an original, there is a ramp cut into the bottom of the chamber, the original 35Win I have does not, this means there is not much support on the case base, be careful with the loads, if it is a Browning
Thanks for the load information and my 95 is a real Winchester 95. I did not know that the Browning 95 copies had the feed ramp in the rear of the chamber at the bottom.
David a. Cogburn
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