.30 carbine performance

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by JLA, May 10, 2009.

  1. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Just got back from testing the 90 gr. XTP bullets in my Inland .30 carbine. I gotta say they do a lot better than expected.

    Bullets averaged 90.1 gr. in this lot. The load consists of 16 gr. of H110 over a CCI small rifle magnum primer. Bullet velocity averaged 2200 fps from my shooting chrony with an extreme spread of 18 fps. I fired 3 rounds into a barrel of water at 25 yds, 50 yds, and 100 yds to test expansion. All 3 expanded to the point of jacket/core separation.

    I am going to get some of the Barnes solid copper expanding bullets to test next.

    The expanded bullets pictured are from left to right 100 to 25 yds. The bullet fired into the barrel at 100 yds had a retained weight of 75.7 gr., the 50 yd shot had a retained weight of 62.4, and the 25 yd shot had a retained weight of 58.5 gr. Giving this particular loading reliable expansion throughout its intended effective range of 100 yds. With roughly 60 to 75% retained weight. Not bad for the anemic hunting properties of the .30 carbine round...

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  2. Hemi

    Hemi New Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Thanks for the info. I'm new to reloading and a 30c was a load I'm going to do. That bullet expansion is great, I bet it will do a number on a whitetail!!
    Last edited: May 11, 2009

  3. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I use the Hornady XTP's on everything I reload. They just work! Great pic.
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    No prob hemi, That particular load is pretty close to max so id recommend backing off 5% to start;) wouldnt want you to blow your fingers off at my suggestion.

    I was very impressed with them carver. I too have used XTP bullets in just about everything they make an XTP bullet for but the .30 carb test is the first i have gotten velocities up enough to facilitate such profound expansion. I like it.:D
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