In 1895, Winchester introduced a new, whiz-bang center fire cartridge, the .30 Winchester Center Fire. Oh, it was a modern wonder, throwing a 170 grain bullet at 2200 feet per second with newfangled smokeless powder. It was a modern marvel, and the American shooter took to it like a duck on a june bug.
It's been 125 yers and the cartridge is now known as the .30-30. And, we're neck deep in an ammo crunch. I was sorting through the stocks yesterday and came upon a bag of spent .30-30 brass. I have't counted, but it was about half of a gallon zipper bag. I have primers, and IMR 4895, and a mold that throws a 170 grain .309 bullet. I even found a bag of gas checks in the stocks.
My old Antique Carbine is still in the safe. It's not an antique, that's just what Winchester called it when it came out in the late '60s. Some say 1965, some say 1967, but everyone agrees that it is Winchester's first "commemorative" carbine. One wag described it as "Winchester's ttempt to put lipstick on a pig.", but it works, and it's tight. Mine carries a Willians peep sight.
The .30-30 Winchester brass has a long, lovely neck, perfectly suited for cast bullets. The case has more neck than Audrey Hepburn, which is great for supporting a cast bullet. My notes tell me that I can drive it to a bit over 1900 fps with good accuracy, and everything I shoot with it will stay shot.
This should give me a pronect to think about this summer.