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#180371 - 04/21/17 09:51 AM FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE
REDHAWK1954
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Has anyone hunted deer with a 14 inch contender using factory loads, if so what load do you like. I am playing with the Hornady 160 gr plastic tipped load and the Federal 125 gr hp. I plan to reload in the future but need a factory load to use to maybe 150 yards for now.
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#180373 - 04/21/17 11:18 AM Re: FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE [Re: REDHAWK1954]
karl
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I tried the Hornady custom lite when I first got my barrel and they didn't group well.

I know I tried the 140gn monoflex, but not sure if that was factory or handloads, but I remember not being impressed by grouping or recommended minimum velocity.

I shot a bunch of the Barnes 150gn flat nosed TSX in handloads. The highest muzzle velocity I achieved was ~2050fps with a variety of powders. On paper the max range was ~150 yards based on minimum recommended terminal velocity. I don't think factory would do much better (or much worse). If you were closer i'd get you some of the 110gn TAC-TX to try.

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#180378 - 04/21/17 08:35 PM Re: FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE [Re: karl]
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Federal Power-Shok 150 gr soft point flat nose. Very accurate and deer deadly. One of the best buys, too, for factory rounds.
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#180379 - 04/21/17 08:39 PM Re: FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE [Re: Boartuff]
REDHAWK1954
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Boartuff, how far will shoot at deer with that load.
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#180381 - 04/21/17 09:20 PM Re: FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE [Re: REDHAWK1954]
nomosendero
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I used the 150 Bal. Tip in a Super 14 30-30AI to good effect
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#180382 - 04/21/17 10:31 PM Re: FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE [Re: nomosendero]
AK hgunner1
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Factory....Old Remington 150 Core Lokts.

Reloads preferred though. 150 Hornady spire points or round noses with a healthy dose of LeverRevolution.
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#180384 - 04/21/17 11:01 PM Re: FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE [Re: AK hgunner1]
H2OBUG
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Factory 150 gr Remington Core Lok

Buy them at Walmart

I dI'd a lot of hand loading for mine -- overall it is really hard to beat this factory load.
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#180386 - 04/22/17 07:04 AM Re: FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE [Re: H2OBUG]
Charlie SA
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I am pleased with the groups out of my 14" TC with the factory Hornady 140 grain monoflex. I was told by Hornady the minimum recommended velocity for the 140 to be 1600 fps which from my chronograph tests would put my max range at about 175 yards. Have I shot anything at that range? No, max shot for me has been hog at 75 yards, dropped in tracks.
YMMV

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#180392 - 04/22/17 11:12 AM Re: FACTORY LOADS FOR DEER IN A 30 30 14 INCH CONTENDE [Re: Charlie SA]
REDHAWK1954
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How far have you taken deer with the core lok load?
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