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Old 01-23-2010, 7:38 AM
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Default Powder for 30 M1 Carbine

I am getting setup to load this round. I have 110g RN bullets and need to figure out what powder works well. The only powder I have in W231 that I use for my pistol rounds. My reloading manuals have about six different powders and this will be my first rifle round so I am looking for some ideas.
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You should be using jacketed bullets. Lead bullets can clog the gas port and it's not that easy to clean on an M1 Carbine.

As for powders, look to slower magnum pistol powders: 4227, 2400, H110/W296, Lil-Gun or fast rifle powders: SR4759.

The .30Carbine isn't a true pistol or rifle cartridge, it's something in the "middle" thus the overlap in powders.
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Anyone loaded Lil-gun in the 30 carbine? Some of the data I've seen shows a lot less pressure than H110 with similar velocity. Maybe a good way to keep the wear and tear down on a WW2 carbine?
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"use only jacketed bullets ------ " . I have been using cast lyman 311316, 311359, and 311410 in my carbines for nearly 50 years without any leading problems. Primary powders with cast have been 4227, unique, and 2400. Do you have personal experience with this problem ? or a reference ?
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"use only jacketed bullets ------ " . I have been using cast lyman 311316, 311359, and 311410 in my carbines for nearly 50 years without any leading problems. Primary powders with cast have been 4227, unique, and 2400. Do you have personal experience with this problem ? or a reference ?
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That gas piston only moves less than 1/2" and is not self-cleaning (main reason all US manufactured 30Carbine ammo has been loaded with non-corrosive primers). I've seen them gunked up with lead and lube. If it works for you, by all means.
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Handloader Magazine had an article about reloading M1 Carbine in the December 2008 issue. Recommended H-110, 2400, and VV-N110 for jacketed bullets, Western 5744 for cast bullets.
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