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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooseman View Post
    How did your loads go Danny? were they as good as the factory ammo ?
    haven't had a chance to shoot them yet, hopefully over the weekend failing that I have Monday off, rest assured I will post results
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    Tried some fun load with Marlin 30-30 dark

    Left: Hornady 155gr ELD-Match / 7.0gr TrailBoss
    Mid: Hornady 160gr FTX / 7.0gr TrailBoss
    Right: Hornady 150gr RN / 7.0gr TrailBoss

    The recoil is mild and the grouping is horrible.
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    Well seems I have a mythical sub moa levergun load development went really well, good consistent speeds which is always reassuring.
    Like @eamars I got fantastic grouping with a relatively low charge 31gns of 2206h
    I didn't get any speeds off the lowest 2 charge weights as my magneto chrono wouldn't read mounted off the mag tube.
    Fortunately my mate showed up with his Caldwell stand alone chrono so I got speeds off all the rest.
    After smashing a sub moa group with the lowest charge I was a bit concerned none of the higher charges would group better....but I was wrong.
    I'll let the pics do the talking

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    Lowest charge speed unknown but at a guess about 2150fps it was very light recoil.

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    Max load .5gn above book max still pleasant to shoot avg speed over 3 rounds was 2351fps with a spread of 18fps

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    Here's all the load details for those interested in the finer details, please though if your gonna try work up to max load don't assume my load is a magic recipe for all Marlins

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    Also I suspect most of these loads could be improved with better muzzle control I noticed I had to really grip the fore and be conscious of it as it tended to jump a fair bit when shooting prone resting on my pack (may be a short barrel thing)
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    Strelok calcs
    About what I thought it would be.

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    That's a nice shooting rifle you have there, I would be more than happy with that. Now the real test on a few animals. Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooseman View Post
    That's a nice shooting rifle you have there, I would be more than happy with that. Now the real test on a few animals. Good luck
    She's a keeper, after doing a lot of research I wasn't holding my breath for a MOA grouping but my expectations have ben exceeded by a long shot.
    I have a couple more tweaks to make, a thicker recoil pad to increase LOP, and a cheek riser built into the leather butt stock ammo holder.
    I'm gonna load up some more ammo and get some practice shooting free hand as it's definitely not my strong point and hopefully next roar I can use it to get me another stag
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    AND now you have proven it can be accurate...that 260 is almost redundant....you could ethically stretch this ones legs out to say 200-250 which doesnt leave a lot of room between it and magnum.....if you get the urge to try a heavier load find some 170grn speer flat nose projectiles..they have been one of the goto projectiles for dirty30 since Adam was a cowboy..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyb View Post
    Also I suspect most of these loads could be improved with better muzzle control I noticed I had to really grip the fore and be conscious of it as it tended to jump a fair bit when shooting prone resting on my pack (may be a short barrel thing)
    ...."could be improved" with Ackley ???
    'Bother' said Pooh, as he chambered another round ... Wong Far King Way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    AND now you have proven it can be accurate...that 260 is almost redundant....you could ethically stretch this ones legs out to say 200-250 which doesnt leave a lot of room between it and magnum.....if you get the urge to try a heavier load find some 170grn speer flat nose projectiles..they have been one of the goto projectiles for dirty30 since Adam was a cowboy..
    All in due course....the 260 is still gonna be a thing although gotta admit been giving strong thought to another 270 if the right one comes along
    This rifle in reality is a 200 yard rifle at most it's only got a 1-4 scope so not really leg stretching stuff also the 150gn starts to drop quite fast and it's not a dial up scope nor does it have a bdc type reticle.
    Gotta admit the lever is very addictive to shoot I'm really enjoying shooting it, not like my varmint and long range guns when they go to the range it's all about get it sighted then put it away. The lever just begs to be shot alot
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    some folk shot 30/30s sucessfully out to 150 with iron sights back in days when eyes were younger....took many many animals with my brothers rifle before I swapped it for nearly new poohseventy which I still have and use.
    the factory silvertips were the ducks nuts..
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    Yeh I had a Winchester 3030 many years back, open sights , the eyes could see better then. It was such a neat rifle to hunt with and anything within 100 yards was toast. I remember shooting goats with it at a bit of range but had to raise the sights a fair bit for shots out to about 200 odd yards. I used Remington 150 gr SP and some 150 gr Sierra Flat point soft points which both worked well on deer and pigs.
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    taking mine for a bush walk this weekend
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    Nice wee shooter Danny. 30 30 and 270, job done. Sell the 260 and rem mag...
    Seriously, I love hunting with my levers
    Never left a mag behind and they carry
    and point well. I'm running fed fusion
    150s in my marlin 3030, pig plex 1-4. Good combination, only shot fallow so far out to 60m and pole axes them.
    Try a 94 some time, very cool and the most balanced
    off hand rigs of all imo. Enjoy.
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