30-30 Ballistics Charts From Major Ammunition Manufacturers

Atomic Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Atomic Ammunition Subsonic 30-30 Win 165 grain LRNFP Ballistics Chart

Atomic Ammunition Subsonic 30-30 Win 165 grain LRNFP Ballistics table

Barnes Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Barnes Pioneer 30-30 Win 150 grain TSX FN Ballistics Chart

Barnes Pioneer 30-30 Win 150 grain TSX FN Ballistics table

Barnes VOR-TX 30-30 Win 150 grain TSX FN FB Ballistics Chart

Barnes VOR-TX 30-30 Win 150 grain TSX FN FB Ballistics table

Barnes Pioneer 30-30 Win 190 grain Original Ballistics Chart

Barnes Pioneer 30-30 Win 190 grain Original Ballistics table

Browning Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Browning MaxPoint 30-30 Win 150 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Browning MaxPoint 30-30 Win 150 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Browning Silver 30-30 Win 170 grain PSP Ballistics Chart

Browning Silver 30-30 Win 170 grain PSP Ballistics table

Buffalo Bore Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Buffalo Bore Lead Free 30-30 Win 150 grain TSX Ballistics Chart

Buffalo Bore Lead Free 30-30 Win 150 grain TSX Ballistics table

Buffalo Bore Heavy 30-30 Win 190 grain JFN Ballistics Chart

Buffalo Bore Heavy 30-30 Win 190 grain JFN Ballistics table

Fiocchi Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 30-30 Win 150 grain FSP Ballistics Chart

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 30-30 Win 150 grain FSP Ballistics table

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 30-30 Win 170 grain FSP Ballistics Chart

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 30-30 Win 170 grain FSP Ballistics table

Fort Scott Munitions Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Fort Scott Munitions 30-30 Win 130 grain TUI Ballistics Chart

Fort Scott Munitions 30-30 Win 130 grain TUI Ballistics table

Freedom Munitions Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Freedom Munitions 30-30 Win 170 grain FP Ballistics Chart

Freedom Munitions 30-30 Win 170 grain FP Ballistics table

Hornady Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Hornady LeveRevolution 30-30 Win 140 grain MonoFlex Ballistics Chart

Hornady LeveRevolution 30-30 Win 140 grain MonoFlex Ballistics table

Hornady LeveRevolution 30-30 Win 160 grain FTX Ballistics Chart

Hornady LeveRevolution 30-30 Win 160 grain FTX Ballistics table

Hornady American Whitetail 30-30 Win 150 grain RN InterLock Ballistics Chart

Hornady American Whitetail 30-30 Win 150 grain RN InterLock Ballistics table

Hornady Subsonic 30-30 Win 175 grain Sub-X Ballistics Chart

Hornady Subsonic 30-30 Win 175 grain Sub-X Ballistics table

HSM Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

HSM Lead Free 30-30 Win 150 grain TSX FN Ballistics Chart

HSM Lead Free 30-30 Win 150 grain TSX FN Ballistics table

HSM Cowboy Action 30-30 Win 165 grain Hard Cast RNFP Ballistics Chart

HSM Cowboy Action 30-30 Win 165 grain Hard Cast RNFP Ballistics table

Nosler Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Nosler 30-30 Win 150 grain Ballistic Tip Ballistics Chart

Nosler 30-30 Win 150 grain Ballistic Tip Ballistics table

Nosler 30-30 Win 150 grain Expansion Tip Ballistics Chart

Nosler 30-30 Win 150 grain Expansion Tip Ballistics table

Prvi Partizan Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Prvi Partizan 30-30 Winchester 150 grain FSP Ballistics Chart

Prvi Partizan 30-30 Winchester 150 grain FSP Ballistics table

Prvi Partizan 30-30 Winchester 170 grain FSP Ballistics Chart

Prvi Partizan 30-30 Winchester 170 grain FSP Ballistics table

Sellier & Bellot Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Sellier & Bellot 30-30 Win 150 grain JSP Ballistics Chart

Sellier & Bellot 30-30 Win 150 grain JSP Ballistics table

Underwood Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Underwood Ammo 30-30 Win 140 grain Controlled Chaos Ballistics Chart

Underwood Ammo 30-30 Win 140 grain Controlled Chaos Ballistics table

Underwood Ammo 30-30 Win 150 grain RN Ballistic Tip Ballistics Chart

Underwood Ammo 30-30 Win 150 grain RN Ballistic Tip Ballistics table

Winchester Ammunition Ballistics - 30-30 Winchester

Winchester Ballistic Silver Tip 30-30 Win 150 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Winchester Ballistic Silver Tip 30-30 Win 150 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Winchester Deer Season XP 30-30 Win 150 grain Extreme Point Ballistics Chart

Winchester Deer Season XP 30-30 Win 150 grain Extreme Point Ballistics table

Winchester Super-X 30-30 Win 150 grain JHP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Super-X 30-30 Win 150 grain JHP Ballistics table

Winchester Super-X 30-30 Win 150 grain Power-Core Ballistics Chart

Winchester Super-X 30-30 Win 150 grain Power-Core Ballistics table

Winchester Power Point 30-30 Win 150 grain PP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Power Point 30-30 Win 150 grain PP Ballistics table

Winchester Power Point 30-30 Win 170 grain PP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Power Point 30-30 Win 170 grain PP Ballistics table

Note: This information comes from the manufacturer and is only informational. The actual ballistics obtained with your firearm can vary considerably from the advertised ballistics. Also, ballistics can vary from lot to lot with the same brand and type load.

30-30 Ballistics Trajectory Chart

30-30 Bullet Drop

A bullet’s flight path is also called its trajectory. Seasoned shooters measure the trajectory in inches of bullet drop.

A flatter trajectory is preferred for long-range shooting because the shooter will require fewer adjustments to compensate for bullet drop. The 6.5 Creedmoor is an excellent example of a flat trajectory.

However, as we can see, the 30-30 Win is not a long-range cartridge. It does not have a flat trajectory, thanks mostly to the flat-nosed bullets it is required to fire. These bullets do not slice through the wind very well, but they are needed to load safely into the tubular magazine of lever-action rifles.

When zeroed in at 100 yards, a 150 grain Winchester Power-Point bullet will drop 7 inches at 200 yards and 26.6 inches at 300 yards. By 500 yards, the 150gr bullet dropped 126.5 inches. Many American shooters use iron sights on their 30-30s because it’s incapable of making long-distance shots.

Below is a sample 30-30 bullet drop chart that gives you a general idea of the 30-30 Winchester trajectory.

30-30 Trajectory Chart

Note: The chart above is an example of one 30-30 Winchester load, and actual ballistic performance may vary depending on bullet weight, lot, barrel length, and environmental conditions while shooting.

30-30 Muzzle Velocity (FPS)

Muzzle velocity is measured in feet per second (fps). It is the speed at which the bullet leaves the rifle barrel. Generally, a longer barrel length generates a higher muzzle velocity, allowing the powder to burn entirely and propel the bullet faster.

A Winchester 30-30 150-grain bullet will travel at 2,390 fps when it leaves the barrel. Underwood Ammunition increases the muzzle velocity of a 150gr RN ballistic tip to 2,450 fps. A Remington 170gr JSP has a muzzle velocity of 2,200 fps.

The problems lie in that the 30-30 cartridge is not powerful enough to maintain a high velocity for long, and the bullet has a low ballistic coefficient.

30-30 Effective Range

The effective range of a 30-30 is very limited due in part to the use of soft point, flat point, and round-nosed bullets used in the lever guns. Hitting a target at 500 yards will challenge most shooters with a 30-30 when target shooting.

300 yards is the general consensus for the effective range for ethically harvesting big game because the sectional density of 30-30 bullets is low. With this hunting rifle, you can get a little more distance when shooting varmints. However, shortly after 300 yards, the bullet slows down too much to be an effective hunting round, even with excellent shot placement on large game.

You must step up to a magnum load or choose a caliber available in bolt-action rifles to hunt big game past 300 yards, like the 6.8 Western, 300 Win Mag, or 30-06 Springfield.

Lever action rifle

30-30 Energy Metrics

Muzzle energy is measured in foot-pounds (ft-lbs) of energy. It measures how much force a bullet delivers to its target.

The muzzle energy of Hornady LeveRevolution 30-30 Win 160 grain FTX is 2,046 ft-lbs, which is higher than other similar 30-30 ammo like the Browning MaxPoint 150 grain Polymer Tip that has a muzzle energy of 1,902 ft-lbs.

The Remington Core-Lokt 170gr JSP has a muzzle energy of 1,827 ft-lbs and 990 ft-lbs of energy at 200 yards.

How 30-30 Ballistics Compare to Other Rifle Cartridges?

We’ve seen how the 30-30 Winchester performs, but how does it measure up against similar calibers like the 30-06 and 30-378 Weatherby Magnum?

30-06 Vs. 30-30 Ballistics

Check out our article for an in-depth comparison of the 30-30 Win vs 30-06 Springfield.

The 30-06 and 30-30 shoot the same bullet weights, so we can do an apples-to-apples comparison. The main advantage the 30-30 has over the 30-06 is reduced recoil.

When shooting a 55 grain bullet, the 30-30 has a muzzle velocity of 3,400 fps while the 30-06 has a muzzle velocity of 4,080 fps shooting the same 55 grain bullet. When shooting a 170 grain bullet, the 30-30 Win has a muzzle velocity of 2,200 fps, yet the heavier 220 grain 30-06 Springfield bullet has a higher muzzle velocity of 2,410 fps.

The same pattern holds for muzzle energy. The 55 grain bullet of the 30-30 has 1,412 ft-lbs of energy, while the 30-06 has 2,033 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle. When the 30-30 is loaded with a 125 grain bullet, it has comparable muzzle energy to the Hornady LeveRevolution 140 grain MonoFlex of 1,964 ft-lbs and 1,889 ft-lbs, respectively.

Even though the 30-06 isn’t known as a flat trajectory deer rifle, it still gives shooters less bullet drop than the 30-30.

30-378 Vs. 30-30 Ballistics

30-30 ammo

Another caliber we can compare the 30-30 to is the 30-378 Weatherby Magnum; however, you must keep in mind that a magnum cartridge is much more powerful than a non-magnum cartridge. So, the 30-30 doesn’t offer much ballistically, except for drastically reduced recoil.

The 30-378 will push a 220 grain bullet at 3,000 fps while the 30-30 struggles to push a 170 grain bullet over 2,200 fps.

The 220 gr bullet of the 30-378 also packs a punch with a muzzle energy of 4,695 ft-lbs, compared to the meager 2,046 ft-lbs of the 160 gr 30-30 FTX bullet, which has one of the highest muzzle energies of any 30-30 factory load.

As expected, the trajectory is no comparison. While the 30-30 tops out with a 300-yard effective range, while the 30-378 is just getting started. In fact, many 30-378 deer rifles are zeroed in at 300 yards because the trajectory is so flat.

Frequently Asked Questions

The team at Ammo.com has gathered and answered several of the most commonly asked questions regarding 30-30 ballistics.

What is the effective range of a 30-30 bullet?

200 yards is the maximum effective range of a 30-30 bullet.

How much does a 30-30 drop at 150 yards?

A 30-30 will drop about 5 inches at 150 yards when sighted in at 100 yards.

How much energy does a 30-30 have at 100 yards?

A 30-30 has about 1,300 ft-lbs of energy at 100 yards, depending on the bullet and load you shoot.

What is a 30-30 rifle good for?

A 30-30 rifle is good for whitetail deer hunting within 200 yards. Hogs, mule deer, pronghorn, and black bear have all also been harvested with a 30-30. Not to mention, a lever-action rifle is fun to shoot.

30-30 Ballistics Charts From Major Ammunition Manufacturers originally appeared on Ammo.com

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OG lever actions were available in many cartridges more suitable than the 30-30, so no need to go to a bolt. Though the Winchester M-88 actually was a lever operated bolt rifle, they’re available in 243, 284, 308 and 358 Win. The Sako Finn Wolf was rip off of the M-88 and so chambered.

The Savage M-99 can be found in .303 Savage, .32-40 Winchester, .300 Savage, .30-30 Winchester, .25-35 Winchester, .250 Savage, .22 Savage Hi-Power, .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .358 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington, .284 Winchester, .38-55 Winchester, .375 Winchester, .410 bore.

The Browning BLR has been chambered in 22-250 Rem, 222 Rem, 223 Rem, 257 Roberts, 25-06 Rem (150), 243 Win, 270 Win, 270 WSM, 284 Win, 30-06 Spr, 300 WM, 300 WSM, 308 Win, 325 WSM, 358 Win, 450 Marlin, 6.5mm C, 7mm RM, 7mm WSM,7mm-08 Rem.

The new kid Henry has gone Woke too with a 6.5 C, along with the usual suspects, 243 Win, 223 Rem, 308 Win. and a real woods deer slayer the 338 Fed.

So you can have your All American Lever, and still kill anything in North America.

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Psst…
My cast 170gr Ranch dogs beat are equal to any of those charts Except the FTX Lever evolution. Which is the best you can get for the 30-30.

Hunting trick. Use a high BC pill (a pointy bullet) and lead it first, then FTX behind them. We do 200 yards standing with FTX. Sold a 30-30 that way. Right at the range, the guy bought it. He put his 30-06 away.

Those that need a 300 win mag of 30-06 to go to 300 yards, you need to find another hobby. Our 300BO ARs can do 300 yards with ease.

We took 150gr pulled 30 cal bullets and clipped the nose so they could be used down the tube. Worked great out to 250 yards. We never shot them further.

The cowboy assaults rifle was never designed to go over 100 yards.
You can beat that easy with modern ammo.

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