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30 RIMLESS FOR BEAR AND MOOSE

30 RIMLESS FOR BEAR AND MOOSE




      

30 RIMLESS FOR BEAR AND MOOSE




30 RIMLESS FOR BEAR AND MOOSE—Which of the two calibers, .35 W. C. F. or .30 Rimless, Model ‘06, would you choose for hunting such game as black bears, moose and silvertips?

The U. M. C. Co. loads the .30 with a 190 grain bullet, the muzzle velocity of which is 2400 foot seconds; the energy is the same as the 85 at 100 yards. Now which of the two would make the most deadly wound and which would expend the most energy on an animal? Would there not be danger of the .30 bullet going to pieces on striking? How would the energy of the two bullets compare at 500 yards? I would choose the .30 caliber, because of its greater accuracy and superior ballistics, especially when shooting at long range. The sharp pointed bullet is the only perfect shape as it cannot be driven at a much higher velocity than the blunt pointed one, and holds up better in velocity and energy at long range because it encounters less air resistance.

I understand that the 190 grain .30 caliber bullet has a soft blunt point. I have never heard anything from parties who have used it for hunting. But from the catalogue figures it is superior to the .35 Winchester. The muzzle energy of the .30 caliber, 190 grain bullet, according to the Winchester catalogue, is 2437.6 foot pounds, and that of the .35 bullet is 2687.4 foot pounds, a difference of 250 foot pounds in favor of the .35, but at 100 yards the energy of the .30 is 2050.8 foot pounds, and that of the .35 is 2053.3, a difference of only about 3 foot pounds. At that rate at 500 yards the .30 should be far in the lead. I don’t think the .30 caliber soft point bullet would break up, ordinarily, but if there is any doubt you always have the choice of the metal patched, sharp point bullets, which for some reason not yet known for a certainty, are very deadly, and mangle more than any soft point bullet of a like caliber, up to 400 or 500 yards, at least. It is seldom that big game hunters are called on to shoot at more than 150 yards. In short, the .30, Model ‘06 is a modern and perfect cartridge throughout, and the .35 is a modern cartridge with an old style bullet, which is not the kind to be driven at a high velocity.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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