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#196447 - 12/05/18 07:02 PM 30-30AI Experiances
Bob Roach
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My brother got a 30-30AI carbine barrel a while back, and we have not gotten past fire form loads with it so far.

I just ordered him an MGM Contender Pistol barrel in 30-30AI to go with it for Christmas. I went long at 15.875" and I will probably finish it up with a Three Gill Muzzle Brake. This will be used for Range Shooting and Tree Stand Deer Hunting at <150 yards. Twist is 1 in 12 for 110 - 170's.

I would like to hear of your experiences with a 30-30AI hunting, what bullets work well, and any load data you might share.

I have 125BT Noslers, as well as the Sierra 125 grain 30-30 Bullets. I am pretty sure that the Sierra's will work OK to 150 yards.

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#196448 - 12/05/18 07:24 PM Re: 30-30AI Experiances [Re: Bob Roach]
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One of my favorite contender cartridges! I have a factory super 14 that was a special run yrs ago. I bought it new from eds contenders in oklahoma. Extremely accurate!
You should probably start with IMR 4198 with those 125?s. .......and if i was a betting man......

I can give you the load chart i compiled from various barrels and sources if you like? Its been around for years and you may have seen it already.

As far as hunting shots, i used a 130gr hornady single shot bullet on deer and one fox. 50-125 yrds on those and worked fine.

Ive fireformed several hundred of each, remington and winchester brass. Ive used pre fired and new. I would prefer new.

Awesome contender cartridge imo.
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#196458 - 12/05/18 10:24 PM Re: 30-30AI Experiances [Re: KYODE]
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I am running 125gr SST through my 13? MGM barrel with 34.0gr H4198 for 2,550 fps.

Accuracy has been excellent and terminal performance on deer out to 200 yards has been satisfactory.
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#196471 - 12/07/18 08:06 AM Re: 30-30AI Experiances [Re: Zee]
Bob Roach
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I am surprised that more have not had experience with a 30-30AI on this site as popular as it is.
I would guess that most are seating the bullets LONG.
I need to get a dummy round or two put together, and in the mail to MGM shortly.
I wish someone had experience with the Sierra 125 grain 30-30 bullets. They have the BC of a Brick, but should have enough exposed lead to expand well. With a maximum range of around 130 yards in my brothers tree stand the low BC should not be as big an issue as on longer range shots.

Bob R
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#196472 - 12/07/18 08:18 AM Re: 30-30AI Experiances [Re: Bob Roach]
JDK
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Every time the 30-30AI is mentioned, I start packing my 30-30 barrel for shipment! It just seems to be a perfect round for a Contender, with great ballistics and ability to use factory rounds. Does the factory ammo suffer any in the AI chamber?
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#196473 - 12/07/18 09:33 AM Re: 30-30AI Experiances [Re: JDK]
karl
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 Originally Posted By: JDK
Every time the 30-30AI is mentioned, I start packing my 30-30 barrel for shipment! It just seems to be a perfect round for a Contender, with great ballistics and ability to use factory rounds.


X2

Then I remember how well the barnes 110 and 120 gn black tips work. They will do everything I need and more on MN deer at ranges well past my comfort level.

I still consider it every time, but at this point I've got enough other distractions.

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#196480 - 12/07/18 04:41 PM Re: 30-30AI Experiances [Re: KYODE]
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I have two loads that shoot well through my 14 inch Contender barrel. Hornady 130gr SP, 40.5gr IMR 8208, and a Fed 210 for a velocity of 2622 fps. The second uses the Nosler 125gr BT, 33.0gr H4198, and a CCI BR2 primer for 2530 fps. The bullets are seated about .025 inch off of the lands. Accuracy for both of these loads is less than an inch at 100 yards for 5 shots. I haven't shot any animals with these yet, but expansion in water jugs at 100 yards was very good. I think you're going to like it.

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