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First 30-30 rounds off the press. The load data for 150 gr FN (these are Winchester’s) and IMR-4064 is all over the place but I think I got a decent starting charge at 30.7 gr...2.55" OAL
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Waiting on the Lee FCD to crimp them but I’d like to shoot them tomorrow. @jpm suggested single loading them until I crimp them.

Any other advice for loading 30-30? I didn’t trim or chamfer the cases as they were all just a hair over the trim to length.

But I’m excited to shoot this 67 year old lever gun!

I also have some Speer 170 gr FN bullets.
 

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Loaded up some Speer 170 grainers. Damn these are nice bullets. Hitting the range tomorrow afternoon with my dad. He hasn’t shot the old Marlin 336 since he was a teenager (67 years old now). Happen to be made the same year he was born which is cool.
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Anyway, I noticed that chamfering the casemouths definitely helps with seating bullets. I had one that shaved some of the copper jacket off.
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I know once I get some of Norms gas checked coated bullets, I’ll have to flare the cases then close the flare with a crimp.
 

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Loaded up some Speer 170 grainers. Damn these are nice bullets. Hitting the range tomorrow afternoon with my dad. He hasn’t shot the old Marlin 336 since he was a teenager (67 years old now). Happen to be made the same year he was born which is cool.
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Anyway, I noticed that chamfering the casemouths definitely helps with seating bullets. I had one that shaved some of the copper jacket off.
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I know once I get some of Norms gas checked coated bullets, I’ll have to flare the cases then close the flare with a crimp.
Nice work man!

Damn I love me some 30-30. I think I need to load some now.
The Lee mould I use is a copy of the Lyman 311041 in plain base. It’s just about perfect for my chamber. Seated to the crimp groove it just engraves into the rifling.
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Nice work man!

Damn I love me some 30-30. I think I need to load some now.
The Lee mould I use is a copy of the Lyman 311041 in plain base. It’s just about perfect for my chamber. Seated to the crimp groove it just engraves into the rifling.
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Haha thanks. Yes you need to! I never thought I’d be getting into another caliber to reload but that Marlin is too damn cool not to.

What are you using for powder with those nice lead bullets? Unique? 2400?
 

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Haha thanks. Yes you need to! I never thought I’d be getting into another caliber to reload but that Marlin is too damn cool not to.

What are you using for powder with those nice lead bullets? Unique? 2400?
I have to dig back to see but I know I was using unique for plinking and I believe H4198 was the first full house load I was using and I switched to 3031 because it’s supposed to be awesome for 30-30.
 

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I posted in here about 6 months ago about moving and starting the setup the reloading room. I was only able to start the reloading room, because that was the 1st load of things to make the move. That room was basically put on hold because so many other projects took precedence over reloading. Luckily I knew it would be a while before I could reloading for a while and stockpiled a good amount. Last night, I unpacked the room and am now setup to start again.
My new reloading room:
It's located in a 9 x 21 garage that is attached to an outbuilding that we call the "pool house" for now, but will eventually be an inlaw apartment for my inlaws when they make the move. Building is temperature controlled. I cut in an attic ladder so I gave a good amount of storage above the reloading room for supplies I dont use all the time.

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I posted in here about 6 months ago about moving and starting the setup the reloading room. I was only able to start the reloading room, because that was the 1st load of things to make the move. That room was basically put on hold because so many other projects took precedence over reloading. Luckily I knew it would be a while before I could reloading for a while and stockpiled a good amount. Last night, I unpacked the room and am now setup to start again.
My new reloading room:
It's located in a 9 x 21 garage that is attached to an outbuilding that we call the "pool house" for now, but will eventually be an inlaw apartment for my inlaws when they make the move. Building is temperature controlled. I cut in an attic ladder so I gave a good amount of storage above the reloading room for supplies I dont use all the time.

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I posted in here about 6 months ago about moving and starting the setup the reloading room. I was only able to start the reloading room, because that was the 1st load of things to make the move. That room was basically put on hold because so many other projects took precedence over reloading. Luckily I knew it would be a while before I could reloading for a while and stockpiled a good amount. Last night, I unpacked the room and am now setup to start again.
My new reloading room:
It's located in a 9 x 21 garage that is attached to an outbuilding that we call the "pool house" for now, but will eventually be an inlaw apartment for my inlaws when they make the move. Building is temperature controlled. I cut in an attic ladder so I gave a good amount of storage above the reloading room for supplies I dont use all the time.

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Just needs a "Powder Magazine" and a "No Smoking" sign somewhere....[laugh]
 

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Why, is there a shortage going on?!?!? Hahahha

Those are rookie numbers for that equipment you have!!! Lol.

Let's just say the only progressive I own is a SDB for 9mm. I do all my rifle on a Lee 4 hole turret and I have many time the number of primers in that pic. Lol
 

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I posted in here about 6 months ago about moving and starting the setup the reloading room. I was only able to start the reloading room, because that was the 1st load of things to make the move. That room was basically put on hold because so many other projects took precedence over reloading. Luckily I knew it would be a while before I could reloading for a while and stockpiled a good amount. Last night, I unpacked the room and am now setup to start again.
My new reloading room:
It's located in a 9 x 21 garage that is attached to an outbuilding that we call the "pool house" for now, but will eventually be an inlaw apartment for my inlaws when they make the move. Building is temperature controlled. I cut in an attic ladder so I gave a good amount of storage above the reloading room for supplies I dont use all the time.

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I posted in here about 6 months ago about moving and starting the setup the reloading room. I was only able to start the reloading room, because that was the 1st load of things to make the move. That room was basically put on hold because so many other projects took precedence over reloading. Luckily I knew it would be a while before I could reloading for a while and stockpiled a good amount. Last night, I unpacked the room and am now setup to start again.
My new reloading room:
It's located in a 9 x 21 garage that is attached to an outbuilding that we call the "pool house" for now, but will eventually be an inlaw apartment for my inlaws when they make the move. Building is temperature controlled. I cut in an attic ladder so I gave a good amount of storage above the reloading room for supplies I dont use all the time.

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What are the hours your ammo store is open? That's serious. No wonder you left the Peoples Republic. LOL
 

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Loaded up some Speer 170 grainers. Damn these are nice bullets. Hitting the range tomorrow afternoon with my dad. He hasn’t shot the old Marlin 336 since he was a teenager (67 years old now). Happen to be made the same year he was born which is cool.
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Anyway, I noticed that chamfering the casemouths definitely helps with seating bullets. I had one that shaved some of the copper jacket off.
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I know once I get some of Norms gas checked coated bullets, I’ll have to flare the cases then close the flare with a crimp.
Well I had 4 light strikes with these CCI primers today. They all went off after a second strike. Here’s a few of them. The first one on the far left definitely has a very light dimple
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Maybe I’ll stick with Winchester LRP as I have a bunch of those. I know CCI’s are the hardest so...

The firing pin on that old Marlin seems to move around okay so I don’t think it’s gunned up but I suppose I could take it apart anyway.
 

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Well I had 4 light strikes with these CCI primers today. They all went off after a second strike. Here’s a few of them. The first one on the far left definitely has a very light dimple
View attachment 428133Except for one I hit 4 times and then stopped lol. Must be a dud primer?
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Maybe I’ll stick with Winchester LRP as I have a bunch of those. I know CCI’s are the hardest so...

The firing pin on that old Marlin seems to move around okay so I don’t think it’s gunned up but I suppose I could take it apart anyway.
Not sure about this but I’m wondering if the light strikes could almost squeeze the compound out from between the anvil and the cup rendering it useless?
 

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Had a few days off so I loaded a few between yesterday and today while watching a some football
 

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Not sure about this but I’m wondering if the light strikes could almost squeeze the compound out from between the anvil and the cup rendering it useless?
Could be right! But I’m not sure why I’m getting light strikes. I’m hoping it’s just the primers and not the gun. Given I had 4-5 light strikes in 30 rounds I’m thinking primers
 

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Well I had 4 light strikes with these CCI primers today. They all went off after a second strike. Here’s a few of them. The first one on the far left definitely has a very light dimple
View attachment 428133Except for one I hit 4 times and then stopped lol. Must be a dud primer?
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Maybe I’ll stick with Winchester LRP as I have a bunch of those. I know CCI’s are the hardest so...

The firing pin on that old Marlin seems to move around okay so I don’t think it’s gunned up but I suppose I could take it apart anyway.

I would be surprised if it’s the primers other than they are not as soft as others. It’s rare to have one primer failure let alone 4 or 5. You already checked the firing pin, bolt and spring for any goop, cold weather can affect things if there’s too much grease. What about headspace? Too much could cause a “light” strike since the round will be pushed forward when hit. I asume the bolt is completely closed?
 
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Well I had 4 light strikes with these CCI primers today. They all went off after a second strike. Here’s a few of them. The first one on the far left definitely has a very light dimple
View attachment 428133Except for one I hit 4 times and then stopped lol. Must be a dud primer?
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Maybe I’ll stick with Winchester LRP as I have a bunch of those. I know CCI’s are the hardest so...

The firing pin on that old Marlin seems to move around okay so I don’t think it’s gunned up but I suppose I could take it apart anyway.

Are those cci34's?
 

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I posted in here about 6 months ago about moving and starting the setup the reloading room. I was only able to start the reloading room, because that was the 1st load of things to make the move. That room was basically put on hold because so many other projects took precedence over reloading. Luckily I knew it would be a while before I could reloading for a while and stockpiled a good amount. Last night, I unpacked the room and am now setup to start again.
My new reloading room:
It's located in a 9 x 21 garage that is attached to an outbuilding that we call the "pool house" for now, but will eventually be an inlaw apartment for my inlaws when they make the move. Building is temperature controlled. I cut in an attic ladder so I gave a good amount of storage above the reloading room for supplies I dont use all the time.

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absolutely awesome.
 

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where the light strikes all from the same headstamps?
Good question I wish I paid more attention to that. Then again I’m using only Winchester and Federal brass. Looks like some primer strikes aren’t all that deep on both headstamps.
Are those cci34's?
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