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I really love my Marlin lever action. Its kinda like an old friend, dependable and always comfotable. I am a bit saddened by its potential though. This round...is sold in such limited grains....150's or 170's. Now they have the 55 grain accelerator. I played with this round but its really a joke. It'll skin a groundsquirel at a distance but the problem is you have to crank down the site all the way and still hold under. Worse yet, this ammo is a single load because of the point and its brutally expensivde (about 20.00 a box!!!). If I had a wish come true I would like to see this "potentially" versital shooter have the option of 100 or 120 grain loads. If done right, i think it would be a natural for cyote and jacks given there distance. I have been to every show in ca., az. nv. and never saw anything but 150 and 170....does anyone reload a custom round here???
 

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DC....thank you. Since I am not a big fan of either Saint Louis or Cleveland I did some surfing last night on this issue. The most informative article I found was at:

http://www.sixgunner.com/backissues/paco/3030Again.htm

I think your right about 110 grains. Now that I am just "beginning" to understand something about ballistics, the caliber in that weight (110) is not effective. The speer 130 grain you mentioned was the author’s favorite! What intrigued me was the "improved" cartridge or "Ackley" design that he mentioned. As I read it you can do a minor chambering job and effectively feed the improved cartridge in the lever action models. Now...with that said the author writes the 130 grain speer bullet will do almost 2900 FPS at only 36000 CUP!!! He goes on to state that he could envision 3000 FPS within the 40000 CUP limit of the modern lever action Win's and Marlins. I have e-mailed the author with several questions concerning specifics of this improved cartridge. I will pass along any info. So now let me restate my dream to a wish with a question....If any Win. or Marlin owners had an opportunity to by a modification kit and could buy a 130 / 150 round off the shelf that put out 2900 and 2600 FPS respectively.....WOULD YOU BUY IT?????
 

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Thanks guys. Hey 45...I have never realoaded. Between, kids, shooting, fishing and the girlriend I need to clone myself (yes the grass is three inches high in my yard). Thank G*d for friends. I called a buddy who is a serious realoader with all the high tec. equipment. He wants to jump at the chance for my dream 30-30 round. I guess all my 10,000+/- casings donated to him over the years has finally paid off. I will play with it and let you guys know. Goal: 130 grain speer bullet at 2800fps with a good show on trajectory/accuracy at 200 yards. OK OK i know your gonna say "keep dreamin" but thats half the fun. I like my Marlin too much to cut it 'till I see the resultts so I think i'll by a cosmetically poor pitted old 30-30 (with a cracked stock) at a show and cut that one first. Thanks, Eric.
 
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