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LeverEvolution Range Report

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by YukonGlocker, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. YukonGlocker

    YukonGlocker

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    Today I shot the new Hornady LeverEvolution in 30-30. My rifle is a Marlin 336CS; I have it scoped with a Bushnell Trophy 3-9X40. I have fired many rounds through this gun to try and find the "best" load for it. I have tried just about all the factory loaded ammo in 30-30. The best load I have found for my rifle is the Winchester Silvertip 150gr. At 100 yards I can consistently shoot 1.5" groups with this load. All other loads open up to 2"-3" at 100 yards. The best 5-shot 100 yard group with the Win ST was 1.1".

    I went to Banner gun range this morning. I shot from the bench with my rifle rested on my range bag. No fancy gun vises or anything like that. I fired 3 rounds of the Hornady to check zero. This load has a dramatically different point of impact from the Win. ST zero I had. It landed 4" high and 4" left of center. I rechecked zero with the Win. ST and it hit perfect, 1" high at 100 yards.

    I then loaded 5 rounds of the Hornady LeverEvolution in the tubular magazine of the Marlin. I aimed at the bottom right dot, so that my rounds would hit somewhere in the middle of my new target. The pics you see are these 5 rounds. I had 1 flyer b/c I flinched. I knew I flinched when I pulled the trigger, so I didn't count that round. The 4-shot group measures 1.030". And this is at 100 yards. I was short on time, so I stopped there. I feel confident that I can shoot sub-1" groups if I try. I didn't expect my first group to be as good as it turned out.

    The Hornady LeverEvolution is the new hunting round for my 30-30. I just need to get out and group it at 200-250 yards. One thing that surprized me was the recoil. It had less recoil than the Win. ST 150gr. Hornady advertises this ammo to be loaded "hotter" than other 30-30 loads. I guess by "hotter", they mean more muzzle velocity and energy. Whatever powder they are using is working good, it pushes this 160gr. bullet faster, with more energy, with LESS recoil. I am happy.

    If you are not familiar with the Hornady LeverEvolution ammo, go to http://www.hornady.com/story.php?s=198 and check out the new pointed tip ammo for lever guns.


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  2. mpol777

    mpol777 Feral Member

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    I've been waiting for components to be available to give it a try. Thanks for the good report. Now I'm looking forward to see what they can do.

    It will be interesting to see what the terminal effects are.
     

  3. YukonGlocker

    YukonGlocker

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    Has anyone else tried this new ammo? I was curious about the results anyone else achieved.
     
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    Thanks for the range report,
    cant wait to breathe new life into my marlin glenfield 30as.
     
  5. wade farley

    wade farley Sonic 357 sig

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    :cool:Marlin has just introduced a new line of Leveractions for this round. Has anyone seen one up close? I saw them on the Marlin website. They look interesting. Have fun & stay safe!:supergrin: BTW, I want one in 45/70! It would go nice with my Guide Gun!
     
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    YukonGlocker

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    I handled one. Nice guns.
     
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    Just to clarify, any 30-30 can fire the new ammo. dont want anyone to get the idea that only the new marlins can use the leverevolution ammo. My 336 loves the stuff! I just wish I could find it for less than 20 bucks a box!!!!! I mean geez that hurts!
     
  8. YukonGlocker

    YukonGlocker

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    Yes, the new rifle has a longer barrel, 24" I think. I buy mine locally for $15.something a box.
     
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    I hope they offer the bullets for reloading
     
  10. wade farley

    wade farley Sonic 357 sig

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    :cool:I want to try some in my 45/70 Guide Gun! :supergrin: