Q: What kind of accuracy can I expect from my Marlin 336 in .30-30 Winchester topped with a Leupold 2-7x scope?
Could you recommend a handload with the Hornady 160gn FTX bullet?
Can you suggest a distance to sight-in at?
— Steve Neagle
A: Over the years I have tested a dozen or more Marlin 336 rifles in .30-30 and many of them grouped into 2 MOA at 100yd when fed ammo that agreed with them.
A charge of 30gn of AR2219 drives the 160gn FTX bullet at 2300fps from a 20” barrel.
That load was very accurate in all the rifles I tested it in and shot quite a number of 1½” groups at 100yd.
If you sight in the 160gn FTX to be 2.5” high at 100yd it will zero at 180, drop 2” at 200 and 8” at 250.