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T/C considered offering barrels in .30-30 but decided not to for a number of years. Their testing, and that of popular gunwriter Bob Milek, determined the cartridge was too inefficient in a 10" barrel. Wanting comparable ballistics, Milek and his friend Steve Herrett (of stock-making fame), developed the .30 Herrett to achieve comparable but more efficient performance. Which it did. While case-forming is not particularly difficult it is rather tedious (yeah, I did it for years), and a lot of people didn't want to bother. They convinced T/C they preferred convenience over efficiency. That and the ready acceptance of the 14" barrel caused T/C to reconsider. It became a good seller for those wanting a combination hunting and metallic silhouette barrel (a popular shooting sport at the time).
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