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bige91603 04-23-2014 12:35 AM

M1 Garand Ammo
I recently acquired my first m1 and I am not totally sure what ammo I can use in it. Any specific ammo thy I can run or can't run? Thanks

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sputnik1988 04-23-2014 12:39 AM

Only M2 ball ammo or ammo of the same spec can be safely fired with a factory Garand. There is a remedy though.

If you install an adjustable gas plug you can set it up so the higher pressure ammo bleeds a bit of gas, leaving just enough to cycle the action.

I have this one on mine.

bige91603 04-23-2014 12:57 AM

I heard the wolf 30.06 ammo works well in it

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sputnik1988 04-23-2014 01:04 AM


Originally Posted by bige91603 (Post 1564457)
I heard the wolf 30.06 ammo works well in it

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Possibly, but I wouldn't chance it myself, especially with any kind of volume.

zaitsev44 04-23-2014 01:09 AM

Surplus M2 ball can be purchased from the CMP, and American Eagle makes a specific load for the Garand. It'll have "for the M1 Garand" printed on the box.

c3shooter 04-23-2014 01:17 AM

Good advice on the M2 Ball. Ammo loaded for civilian rifles will have the wrong pressure curve, and you will damage the operating rod- and they are getting pricy.

25-5 04-23-2014 01:31 AM

Midway USA has American Eagle 30-06 for the M1 Garand. $25.00 a box.
Also reloading is an option.

KJG67 04-23-2014 01:45 AM

This is what you want. Great for everyday shooting and getting started at local CMP Garand matches. It'll take a couple of months to get shipped though unless you live close enough to one of the stores to drive and pick it up. pmin=&pmax=&note1=&note2=&note3=&note4=&note5=&max =#

Definitely find a local CMP match to shoot. It's one of the most fun things you'll ever do with your M1. They should be more than welcoming for someone new, instruct you, and should have ammo you can buy for the match if you let them know up front. Some clubs have Garands to use too if you bring a friend for a small fee.

JonM 04-23-2014 01:47 AM

If you reload w748 is a garand safe powder with a good burn rate for oprods when keeping speeds below 2700fps and bullets between 150-165grains

Don't use off the shelf 30-06 unless its a known safe garand loading. Almost all commercial 30-06 uses stick powders that don't burn in a way that is garand safe regardless of bullet used.

Using the schuster gas plug makes it safe to use pretty much any commercial loads in weights from 150-165

KJG67 04-23-2014 01:54 AM

I knew I had a couple of other links.

Surplus ammo is in stock here. I have not ordered from them though.

Also, here's more info about shooting commercial loads with their gas screw that they sell. hooting-commercial-ammunition-in-your-m1-garand&catid=39

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