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FTX Bullets -A Dream That Came True

Category: .308 30 CAL

Product: 30 Cal .308 160 gr FTX (30-30 Win)

Shooter: Jerrold Paul Shelton

Posted: Apr 14, 2011

My first rifle was a Marlin 336 in .30-30 that was gift from my parents when I was 11 years old.

Over time, I came to appreciate the relatively light weight, dynamc handling, mild recoil, and accuracy of that rifle. It was a joy to carry, yet not so light as to be difficult to shoot accurately in the field. The shotgun-like handling allowed me get on target quickly -a desireable trait for a "still hunter" like me. Mild recoil made even extended shooting sessions fun. And while many tend to dismiss lever actions as being inaccurate, mine was and still is a solid sub 1.5 MOA shooter. The only thing it needed was about 100 additional yards of effective game-taking range. For 31 years,I dreamed of being able to get that extra margin of effective range out of my 336, without expecting that this dream would ever come true.

Thanks to Hornady, my long-held dream of extending the useful range of my favorite centerfire rifle became a reality with the introduction of the FTX bullet for the .30-30 cartridge. I can now confidently engage in all of the big game hunting that I want to do with my cherished 336. Since 2006, I've taken pronghorn, whitetail, blacktail, and mule deer, feral hogs, and even an elk with the 160 grain FTX, at ranges from 30 to 275 yards. It has worked so well for me that I decided to optimize my 336 for use with that bullet by bobbing the mag tube to a "button" style, free-floating the forend wood, glass-bedding the buttstock, and mounting a 3 X 9 Leupold scope. The result is consistant sub 1.5 MOA accuracy with the FTX bullet. Now that my 336 does all I need done in the field, thanks to the increased effective range afforded by the FTX bullet, I have sold off my other centerfire big game rifles, as I no longer have a use for them, or the desire to use them.

Thanks again to Hornady for bringing the FTX technology to the market. I can't wait to try the Monoflex, which ought to be even better!