I went to the range this morning and had the rifle line all to myself. I spent a couple of hours working with the Handi in .30-30 Winchester and the .223 Handi.
That .223 doesn't like any factory ammo I feed it. I guess I'll have to start reloading for that caliber if I want to find a load for that little rifle. Factory ammo is shooting into about four inches and I'm not satisfied with that.
I had done a ladder test last week with the .30-30 Handi, using three powders, IMR 4895, IMR 3031, and Reloder 15. The 4895 and RL15 showed me some interesting targets, so I had loaded some rounds with the recipes that showed me the most consistency.
I used the Hornady A-Mas 155 grain bullet as a test bed. This bullet shows good accuracy in most .30 caliber rifles I've used it in, and I keep a supply on my bench.
That target was shot at 100 yards with a cold barrel. I haven't put it over the chronograph yet, but the manuals tell me that it should be running somewhere between 2200-2300 fps. I'll do that next week, while I adjust the scope to the load.
It's not MOA, but this is a a 7.8 pound single shot hunting rifle. I'm very pleased with this load in this rifle.
The range I'm using has a gong at the 200 yard line, a 1-foot square piece of metal dangling from a sawhorse. I took the last two rounds of this load and shot that going, hitting it two times.
It'll be interesting to see what the chronograph says.