Progressive Loading 30-30 with Hornady FTX Bullets

When I got my 30-30 Henry X-Model, I discovered just how much 30-30 ammunition I can go through in a week. In this video, I’ll show you the process of progressive reloading of 30-30 ammunitinon to keep up with my demand!


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The Rifle: Henry X Model 30-30

Recently, I got a Henry X Model 30-30 tactical lever action rifle, and have absolutely enjoyed shooting it! Here’s our overview video covering that rifle:

I’ve been shooting this rifle so much, I knew I needed to get setup to load 30-30 with a progressive press!

Enter the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

For this loading task, I decided to use my trusty Hornady Lock-N-Load AP 5-station progressive reloading press (I have two, one setup for large primers, and one setup for small). Here’s my overview video covering specifics for that press:

For 30-30, I only needed to add three things:

Hornady’s 160 grain FTX 30 Caliber Bullet

From the Hornady Product Page:

Hornady® FTX® bullets revolutionized lever gun ballistics, creating a new level of performance for these popular firearms. Lever gun enthusiasts can now harness the accuracy, power and long-range performance of a tipped bullet that’s safe to load in tubular magazines.

Hornady® offers the same Flex Tip® technology for handguns that revolutionized lever guns. Typical hollow point pistol bullets deliver good performance at modest velocities, but have a tendency to expand too quickly and sacrifice penetration at the higher velocities achieved with lever action guns.

Load Data and Components

For this load, I decided to use LEVERevolution powder from Hodgdon. This powder produces top velocity, which would be great for hunting!

Here’s the full list of load components and data:

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Loading 30-30 on the Lock-N-Load AP

Loading 30-30 on the Lock-N-Load AP works really well! It’s a great way to crank out a lot of ammunition in a short period of time!

Here’s my die station utilization:

  1. Size De-Prime (die removed for new brass loading)
  2. Empty
  3. Powder Charge
  4. [Reserved for powder check, will add next!]
  5. Seating, optional crimping (same die)

I loaded a couple hundred rounds which will be great for hunting, general target shooting, and specifically shooting steel targets!

Across the Chronograph

With an average velocity of 2453.2 FPS, these 30-30 loads were FAST, perhaps 200 fps faster than what is typical. I am totally happy with the velocity data here, but if inclined, I would look at the SD and ES values, and could probably get those down with some load development.

Progressive reloading 30-30- SUCCESS!

Get the Gear

Check out the X Model 30-30 and other terrific Henry rifles on Henry’s website. For those who prefer a more traditional lever action rifle, those are offered as well.

Loading components and gear:

Hornady Lock-N-Load AP 5-station progressive reloading press

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