I sat down at the bench today and found what was left of an old can of IMR 3031. I had a box of Hornady 150 grain bullets #3035, round nose for the .30-30, so I decided to load what was left of that can of powder. For years I had a mantra for loading the .30-30. Quoted simply, it is: Thirty grains of 3031 for the .30-30.
I didn't want to set up my powder measure for such a small quantity of powder, so I decided to get out the dippers. Lee's been selling dippers for as long as I've been reloading, and I've got a full set, so I got the chart out and got the scale out, and in just a few minutes I learned that the 2.2 cc dipper would throw 29.2 grains of my 3031. Dipping powder is an easy way to measure it and with just a little practice it's easy to dip charges that are very consistent. In just a few minutes I had dipped 20 charges and found that I was out of powder for that old can. It's done and I have to buy some more 3031.
Now, I need to find a dipper load for the .30-30 using IMR 4805 powder. I've got a good dipper load for cast bullets, but I've never tried that powder and jacketed bullets. We'll see.