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#205129 - 01/17/20 06:59 PM Re: 7-30 waters [Re: RBO21]
reflex264
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120 Ballistic tip. The newer ones (last 6 or 7 years) that say hunting on the box act like a controlled expansion bullet from the 7-30. Accurate too.
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#205130 - 01/17/20 10:38 PM Re: 7-30 waters [Re: RBO21]
dave thomas
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great to hear on the 120's. i loved the ssp bullets and shot them exclusively in my 7tcu. used them from prairie dogs to coyotes and was not disappointed.

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#205131 - 01/18/20 08:01 AM Re: 7-30 waters [Re: dave thomas]
racksmasher1
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My waters is a 14? I shoot it on a G-2 frame; the 120 grain B-tips gave me good accuracy and have performed well on deer;Varget is my powder of choice

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#205132 - 01/18/20 11:18 AM Re: 7-30 waters [Re: racksmasher1]
dave thomas
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we have some varget and 4895 loads to test- has anyone put their pet loads over a chrono? what should we expect for MV out of the 120's.

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#205134 - 01/18/20 12:49 PM Re: 7-30 waters [Re: RBO21]
Steve in PA
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I?ve been shooting 7-30 Waters for a few years now. Taken several deer with my 14? T/C Contender. Longest shot has been 80 yards. I have mine sighted in for 100 yards, but have no doubt that 200 yards would be handled easily.

I used Nosler 120 BT?s the first year, but have been using Hornady 139 SST the last few years, along with Varget for both.

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#205135 - 01/18/20 01:49 PM Re: 7-30 waters [Re: Steve in PA]
karl
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In my notes, I tried 100gn Sierra HP bullets with RL7 and AR comp and was getting 2500-2600 fps in the 14" hunter barrel (factory muzzle break so ~13" actual barrel length. With the 120gn TTSX bullet I had a range of 6 weights and stopped after the second due to pressure signs. I was getting 2353fps which was 130 fps more than Quickload was predicting and giving me flatter primers than I wanted.
I have had pretty good luck with RL7 in 30-30 with 110gn bullets and it worked well for the 100gn sierra in the 7-30.

The Complete reloading manual for the Contender has a 7-30 section with 120 gn nosler. if you PM me an email or phone # I can send some photos. Hodgdon has H4895 and Varget listed with 120gn nosler FP. Data is likely on their web site. Nosler list Varget for the 140gn bullets.

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#205144 - 01/18/20 05:18 PM Re: 7-30 waters [Re: karl]
dave thomas
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pm sent

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