30-30 Winchester Ammunition
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The 30-30 Winchester was America's first centerfire smokeless powder cartridge. Developed for the Model 1894 Winchester lever action, the 30-30 is a medium power cartridge, generating around 1,600 pounds of energy.
Originally designated the 30 Winchester Centerfire or WCF, Remington is credited as the first ammunition manufacturer to coin the term 30-30 Winchester. This refers to a 30 caliber bullet over 30 grains of bulk smokeless powder.
The rim of the cartridge controls headspace, which along with the generous taper, makes it ideal for lever action rifles. The most famous chambering for 30-30, was the Winchester Model 94, one of the most popular rifles in US history.