.30-30 Bullet Choice Question

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To the .30-30 whitetail hunters out here, what is a better factory loaded weight bullet for whitetail, 150 or 170? Have my eye on a Marlin Model 30 with a short magazine tube and after all my years hunting deer I have absolutely zero hands on experience with the .30-30 caliber. Thanks for your input, NYH.
 

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I would use 170's if you are shooting Rem. CoreLokts. Not much difference in 20 grains, but I always opt for the heavier.
 
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I agree with using heavier bullets - however I have used 150's forever. They always seemed to be what was available in my small town and I have just stuck with them. Never had an issue with them or thought they were not enough. Interesting in my 270 it is much easier to find 130's than 150s, but I grab the extra 150's at Kittery or LL Cotes when I go by.
 

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In addition to my above comment if you are quick with the lever - you can send the extra grains down range with the follow up. So the real question is - do you prefer 300 (2X150) over 170?:duck:
 

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Used to use Remington Core Lokts 150 and switched to Hornady LEVERevolution FTX 160 and more recently their MonoFlex 140 (copper alloy). I like the latter, it was either them or trying Barnes VOR-TX 150 (copper).
 

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170 gr Remington Core Lokt factory ammo but also switched to Hornady Leverevolution 160gr Hornady 170 interlock for reloads
 

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I'd try both and go with the one that shoots best in your particular gun. If they are both accurate, I would shoot 170's.
 

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In addition to my above comment if you are quick with the lever - you can send the extra grains down range with the follow up. So the real question is - do you prefer 300 (2X150) over 170?:duck:
Or in Gw's case 600 grains.:duck:
 

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when i had 30-30s the scoped 336s did better with win 170s. the 94s i never scoped them and used any 150s. the bolt savages liked rem 150s

go figure.
 

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After doing some research on the same topic, you'll need the barrel's twist rate. The twist rate will tell you the "suggested" grain bullet for that rate.
for example:
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