7-30 Waters

davidf

Senior Member
Thread starter #1
i'm shooting a 120 grain btsp federal premium i'm just curious what other people are shooting. i don't reload so i stuck with factory ammo.
 
#2
That load should work well.
I have always loaded for mine and used the Sierra 130 gr SSP bullet which was designed to expand at the lower velocities of a Contender barrel.
Unfortunately, that bullet has been discontinued. It has always worked really well on deer for me, I have about 100 loaded so I should be good for a while.
I was told to switch to the Nosler 120 Ballistic Tip when I need more bullets.
 

HandgunHTR

Steelringin' Mod
#3
I don't shoot a Waters but in my 7TCU which operates in the same velocity ranges as the Waters, I use 120 grain Nosler BTs and 120 grain Sierra Pro-hunters. Both work very well at those velocities.
 

Oldstick

Senior Member
#5
i'm shooting a 120 grain btsp federal premium i'm just curious what other people are shooting. i don't reload so i stuck with factory ammo.

I think that is about it for the big name factory loads. Unless some of the smaller ammo loaders (GA Arms, etc) make some other choices for it???
 

kyhunter

Senior Member
#6
I've got one of these in a contender. I pulled it out of the safe the other day and was thinking of hunting with it again. Its been about ten years since I've shot it where can I find ammo at?
 

HandgunHTR

Steelringin' Mod
#7
kyhunter,

Most of the major internet stores (Midway, Midsouth, Cabelas, etc) should have ammo. As for local sources, I am not sure, but it will probably have to be a bigger store.

You could always start reloading. :)
 

Oldstick

Senior Member
#8
I agree, having a 7-30 Waters is the perfect excuse for a basic reloading setup. You might even start with the inexpensive Lee hand press,dies and a set of the Lee powder scoops.

I have reloaded a many 7-30s with the Lee hand press, but that is about the largest rifle case I want to tackle with it. I've also done 308s and such but there is just not enough leverage to comfortably do brass that size and larger.

The 120 grain Nosler bullets (used in the Fed Premiums) are excellent but my favorite is the 139 gr Hornady flat point bullets for deer in my model 94.
 

Eddy M.

GONetwork Member
#10
fine caliber even in the "factory load" and last I saw there was only one factory load :shoot:
 

jkoch

Gone But Not Forgotten
#12
I load 140 gr Nosler Accubonds in mine. The gun loves them, but not the DEER.
 

Oldstick

Senior Member
#14
I can vouch for the 140s also. The last handloads I made up were with the Hornady 139 gr flat points. Deer dropped right there on the spot with a heart shot. Haven't taken any with the 120s yet, but they shoot very accurate in my 24 " rifle.
 

Hoyt

Senior Member
#15
I liked the 139gr. SST's in mine. I loaded them to max and always got full penetration. The SST's are also designed to expand at lower velocities.
 
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