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#189684 - 02/12/18 10:34 AM Re: TC contender status [Re: JDK]
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 Originally Posted By: JDK
Here is something I've been wrestling with: if I start reloading 30-30 ammo, should I also have it rechambered to the AI version? It'll still fire standard round, but allow a good boost for reloads.


The AI would certainly give a kick in the pants over the original. Factory ammo will usually lose a wee bit of speed when shot in an AI chamber as the case has to expand to fill the void, but not enough to fuss about, IMO.
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#189701 - 02/12/18 05:08 PM Re: TC contender status [Re: karl]
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 Originally Posted By: JDK
Here is something I've been wrestling with: if I start reloading 30-30 ammo, should I also have it rechambered to the AI version? It'll still fire standard round, but allow a good boost for reloads.


Here's my $0.02
Others can chime in on the value gained from the AI version, but part of the answer depends on what bullet you want to shoot. I shoot the Barnes black tipped TAC-TX bullet designed for the 300BO (110 but 120gn also available). The low suggested velocity required for 2x expansion on impact (1450fps) means that I have a much farther effective range determined by bullet function (~400 yards) with my 14" contender setup then I am comfortable shooting. The extra recoil and powder needed would not give me any added advantage on deer or moderate sized hogs. I backed off velocity to get better accuracy.


Not to derail the thread, but thanks for the info on that bullet. The 120 offers about the same BC as the Nosler 125 BT, but drops the threshold of useful velocity down about 400 FPS. Pretty nice, just a bit pricey.
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#189702 - 02/12/18 05:13 PM Re: TC contender status [Re: JDK]
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 Originally Posted By: JDK

Not to derail the thread, but thanks for the info on that bullet. The 120 offers about the same BC as the Nosler 125 BT, but drops the threshold of useful velocity down about 400 FPS. Pretty nice, just a bit pricey.


Very pricey! I shoot a lot of the 110gn v-max in the off season. Almost identical MV and ballistics with different POI with the same load. I've shot enough of the Barnes that I probably only shoot 10-15 each fall to adjust the scope.

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#189703 - 02/12/18 06:55 PM Re: TC contender status [Re: karl]
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I am just getting into reloading so I am keeping it simple for now with my equipment.

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