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Old 02-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #11
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The opperating rod on a garand is supposed to bent. True they can be bent too much, but that would cause problems on all cycles not just the first.

If charging the weapon as I described doesn't solve the issue you've described. Then your first round may be getting hung up on a bur or sharp edge in the mag well.

Having said that, the issue you've described is common with gentle loaders.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:56 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by firelt View Post
After a close inspection, the winner is: bent operating rod! Thanks for all the help, everyone. Since I reload my own ammunition, does anyone know a reliable source for good load data for the M1? I'm not going to replace the op-rod just so I can bend it again with a load that's too hot.
147-150 grain bullets, 4895 powder, MilSpec Primer** like Remington 9 1/2 or those CCI special order types. GI cases. Good to go

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Old 02-19-2013, 01:08 PM   #13
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Your photo shows soft point bullets. Have you tried FMJ. I had a similar problem with a mil-surp, sporterized bolt action and found Remington Bronze Points solved the problem.
However when you load 7 it works perfectly. When you load 7 the cartridge is on the right side and not on the left as your photo shows. Just thinking out loud. Might be something to that.
When I was in basic I never had to smack the bolt with a fully loaded clip even with blanks or crimped cartridges.
I suspect there is something, a burr or part hanging up that first round with a fully loaded clip. There is a clip release on the top left af the receiver. You might have some dirt or a burr on that release.
I don't think it's the op rod.
You might want to check the Shooting The Surplus Rifle forum for more info.
Good luck.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #14
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Get a new Hornady manual. It has specific sections for the gas ops--M1, M14 (M1A).
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