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Old 05-07-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Anybody have any issues with these? I didn't till last fall and have done some research since.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:55 PM   #2
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In my 30-30 Marlin I had good luck my own cast bullets I cast . I use 375 Winc brass neck down to 30-30 and then neck turned brass , load with IMR3031 powder . Why 375 brass ? The 30-30 brass is a low pressure brass and 375 Winc brass will hold a lot higher PSI .

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Old 05-08-2014, 01:51 AM   #3
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I'm real happy with their accuracy it's their performance on game that I'm lookin fer opinions on. If anybody else has shot anything with em. Course I ain't gettin that type of accuracy tgr. To cast and load your own and fine tune it that ways gotta take a lot of time, trial and error
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But there's no denyin the results
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:48 AM   #5
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Yes, have had issues with the LE stuff in some of my Marlins. I no longer hunt, so can't give you a report on that aspect, but there are some accuracy issues, reloading issues and cycling issues you should know about.

In the 30-30s, accuracy has been generally good to excellent. Definitely excellent in my scoped 24" barreled 336A, on the order of 1" at 100 yards. In the 20 " carbines, though, some of them hate the stuff and some like the stuff. Just no way to predict. Got to shoot to see. Personally, given the price of the LE loads and the fact that we rarely shoot deer past 50 yards in this country, most of our deer hunters who use a 30-30 don't bother with the expensive LE loads. Traditional 150 or 170 grain loads do just fine. All of my Marlin 30-30s, for instance, have loved Remington Core-lokts and they are a lot cheaper to shoot.

If you reload, keep in mind that LE brass is shorter than standard brass for a given cartridge, so you're stuck using FX bullets with LE brass.

In my 444 Marlin, the LE was a disaster. Those rounds would lock up the action so bad I had to pull the lever off and take the action apart. This is not unusual, from what I have heard, but some guns cycle the stuff just fine. Again, you gotta try and see.

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I've shot a fair amount of it and am satisfied with accuracy, cycling, and up till last fall performance. The gun likes em, but I don't like havin to chase what should be dead. May finish em up and go back to core lokts like the rest of my hi-powers. Cheap, guns like em, and they perform great..good expansion and retention.
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Back when I was shooting deer, Dennis, there were no Honrady LE loads. Can't say I ever felt deprived because of it, though. Those old Core-lokts are as about a sure thing as there is in a 30-30 load.
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:33 PM   #8
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I agree. Have killed a lot of deer elk and antelope with em. Great design for thin skinned game...tough to beat and reasonably priced.
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Last year, found a place selling the Remingtons for $15 a box, so we stocked up. Shoot great in all our Marlins. Other than military stuff like 5.56 and 7.62x39, that's about as cheap as you'll find centerfire rifle ammo.
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