Thank you for the range report. Today I loaded some test rounds with the 125 Sierra that I plan to test later this week.
I decided on two recipies, both ignited by WLR primers:
30 / RL7 (load info from an earlier Alliant manual)
37 / H335
Rifle will be my 1894-1994 Centennial 1894 which has a tang sight.
Hope to have a range report soon…..
I finally got to the range a bit later than expected. As it turned out the 37/H335 turned out to be a pretty fast load….perhaps a bit too fast…
5 rounds averaged 2,779 f.p.s.(!) from the 26" barrel. It took 2 to get a sight setting and the remaining 3 rounds printed a 1.43" group @ 100
I had another 5 rounds loaded but decided to pull the bullets and back the powder charge off a grain or two, since, even though case extraction seemed normal, based on the velocity, the pressure was likely in excess of SAMMI MAP for the .30-30.
The H335 powder I used was from the 1980’s and thus ws not of recent mfg.
I’ll resume testing in the near future.
That is fast! If I ever get some H335 I’ll have to work up to a load with it. I’ll be interested in hearing about your further results.
I hope to get back to the range within the next couple of weeks and will report back.
Here’s a fellow that got very good accuracy with the 125’s using RL15….
I have loaded the Sierra 125gn HPFN, With 36gn of Raloder 15, in rem cases and rem 9 1/2 primers, cronoed at 2530fps. In my winchester 94 30.30 . These loads shot a 1 1/2 groupe with peeps at 100yds at the bench much to my suprise with these old eyes. This is a max load in the Lyman49th book so work up from a couple of gns. below in your rifle. Good luck with finding the 125s and Rx 15, both are available over here if ya there at the right time.
Full thread here…
What did you like for a C.O.L. with that 125 grain Sierra?
My apologies for the long delay in responding. Haven’t been here in awhile.
OAL is 2.43″ using a case that is 2.03″ long.
I was planning on doing some additional testing last summer but the 100 yard range at the club I belong to had been closed for improvements. I do plan to continue testing when warmer weather finally arrives.
Here’s a comparison pic – 125 gr – 130 gr .30-30’s
l to r 125 Sierra reload / Federal factory 125 / Remington factory 125 / 130 Speer reload
Well that is pretty close to what I was using as a OAL also. My poor down range accuracy is probably not the fault of the load, or the gun…