300 Blackout Beats 30-30 Winchester?
Let’s consider the Blackout with 150-grain bullets at 2,100 fps. As deer ammo goes, that’s slow, but only 200 fps slower than the old 30-30. And, because 300 Blackout bullets are pointed instead of flat-nosed or round-nosed like 30-30 bullets, they are more efficient, more aerodynamic. Their higher B.C. ratings mean they actually shoot flatter and retain more foot pounds of energy than the 30-30 after about 100 yards! And they do this by burning about 10 to 12 grains less powder than the 30-30.
You see where this is going, don’t you? The 300 Blackout shooter is getting 30-30 performance with about one-third the powder and slightly less recoil. It appears woefully underpowered, yet, thanks to the higher B.C bullets it shoots, it outperforms our beloved old 30-30. I don’t want to knock the 30-30 here, but it’s also true that the Blackout is more versatile than the 30-30. When was the last time you saw 30-30 ammo offered with anything but 150-, 160-, or 170-grain bullets? The Blackout with a 220- or 225-grain bullet can be driven at least 1,000 fps from a 16″ barrel to give about 488 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. Not a lot, but those high B.C. bullets hang onto it while deflecting minimally in the wind. At 100 yards energy is still 450 foot-pounds, drift only an inch or so in 10 mph right angle breeze. At 200-yards drift is 4.5″, energy nearly 418 f-p. A long, heavy bullet like that is going to penetrate like a steel rod, which is likely why the military is interested in it as a tactical weapon and some view it as a good self defense option. Momentum!
But that momentum is just as effective for the hog hunter. And it should work at least as well as the 30-30 on big antlered deer. In short, the 300 Blackout is definitely worth investigating. Now if only they’d chamber it in a lever action rifle!
300 Blackout Cartridge for boar & deer? — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com