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30 Luger

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In 1898, Deutsche Waffen — und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) introduced the 30 Luger. The original load launched a 93-grain bullet from a pistol using a relatively short barrel (4.7-inches) at 1200 fps. This was hundreds of feet per second faster than the common revolver cartridges of the era but the unusually light weight of the bullet limited fight-stopping effectiveness.

Pressure was established at about 28,000 psi, which was high for any handgun cartridges of the era but not high enough to allow ideal results because of the limited performance of available propellants then available.

With modern components, when loaded to the, now standard, CIP pressure limit of 34,000 psi, the 30 Luger can easily launch 93-grain bullets at 1600 fps. This makes it a formidable self-defense round that generates relatively mild recoil. Use of such modern higher-pressure loads in older pistols is most assuredly not recommended. For those guns, keeping pressure closer to 25,000 psi is prudent.

 


 

Use of progressively shorter barrels progressively reduces ballistics and does so rather rapidly.

As with any bottlenecked pistol round, best practice is to apply a roll-crimp after seating the bullet. This helps to lock the bullet in place against chambering forces that might otherwise drive it into the case. I cannot too-strongly recommend getting a second seating-and-crimping die so you can have one adjusted to seat the bullet and the second adjusted to only crimp the case mouth. Generally, attempting to do both operations in one step is a recipe for damaged and destroyed cases.


The text associated with the cartridge description reflects opinions and conclusions of the author, M.L. (Mic) McPherson. Lee Precision and its employees do not necessarily either agree or disagree with any of his comments. We present these with due deference to his recognized expertise in the firearms field. His acumen extends to handloading and all aspects of ballistics - internal, external, and terminal.
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