Garand Range Report

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by CA357, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Greek surplus ammunition. Range was 100 yards.

    There were several failures to feed, but other than that, it ran well. I'm going to field strip and clean and lube the heck out of it and that should make a difference. I'm also going to change out the op rod spring.

    The first four clips were everywhere, but mostly low and left. I adjusted the sight for the last clip and this photo shows the results. The wind was coming up, and we had shot for a while, so we called it a day.

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  2. SGT-MILLER

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    Good job on the groupings. That will take out a zombie rather good, regardless of where you are from. :)
     

  3. CA357

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    Like I said, the first forty rounds weren't too good, mostly low and left. The last 8 round clip, which is shown, is the seven rounds in the black and the one flyer at about 1 o'clock on the edge.

    I've never fired a Garand before today, so this was my first 48 rounds ever. I know the rifle can do better and I believe I can too. Especially at 100 yards. ;)
     
  4. hunter Joe

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    I've been using 168 grain Sierra Match Kings with 48 grains of IMR 4064 with outstanding results in my 54. Watch out for that mouse trap when cleaning, it will make you cuss loud enough for the whole house to hear. Hunter Joe
     
  5. CA357

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    Okay, I will. I'm doing my best to avoid "Garand thumb" :D
     
  6. Orlando

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    When you were having failures to feed and had bad accurcy were you shooting off a reat on the front handguard?
    The bottom of the front handguard is open and if it is on a bag ,etc the problems you had can be the result of the Op Rod rubbing on the rest
     
  7. CA357

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    Thanks, that's a good point, but I don't remember now. I'll be aware of that for the next time. However, it definitely shot better after the sight was adjusted.

    I may go out this weekend and give it a bit more work at 100yds. and then try it at 200.
     
  8. Major Kusanagi

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    Nice grouping there CA! :)

    Keep up the great work! :cool:
     
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  9. CA357

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    Thanks. I just couldn't seem to hit in the center. Hopefully I'll have a better target to post after the next range trip. :eek:
     
  10. Orlando

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  11. CA357

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    Took the Garand and the M1 carbine out to the range this morning. The Garand is as dialed in as I can get it. It is a pure sweet, enjoyable and accurate shooter. The lack of recoil is amazing.

    I fired a bandoleer of Greek HXP and a bandoleer of Lake City. I only had the one bandoleer of Lake City and I hated to shoot it. But I wanted to check the accuracy between it and the Greek milsurp. I wanted to get the rifle as set up as possible. It turns out that there really wasn't much difference at all. The LC shot just a tad higher.

    The M1 carbine is almost dialed at fifty yards. It functions flawlessly, bu two aftermarket mags are crap and gave me a half a dozen FTF's. It ran like a Swiss watch with military mags.

    I'm going to have to save my money for the Big Reno gun show and buy more G.I. mags for it.

    All in all, a fun day at the range. :D
     
  12. CA357

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    I've had the Garand out a few more times, the most recent was this morning. Man, I like this rifle. It's definitely a sweet shooter. I wish I was a better marksman to do it justice.
     
  13. Going Postal

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    I have to say that the Garand are awesome rifles. I had two at one time, a regular old service grade and a so called national match. I couldn't even get a decent group with the NM so I sold that one. The service grade is a great shooter and I wouldn't get rid of it for anything! Went over to the CMP in Anniston, Alabama a couple of years ago and picked it out myself. The best $495 I ever spent!!
     
  14. CA357

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    'Zactly. Mine's a service grade Springfield and it shoots better than I can. :eek:
     
  15. Flint Rock

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    Thursday I went to the CMP store in Anniston, Alabama to "look" around. I bought an M1 Garand (and about 400 rounds of that Greek ammo) and an M1 Carbine. I haven't had a chance to shoot either yet since they are shipping the guns to me. I could pay 9% local sales tax or $22 for shipping and no sales tax, shipping was the cheaper way to go. Besides, I had to fax them a copy of my birth certificate before I could take the guns (you have to prove citizenship to the CMP, a drivers license or a carry permit isn't good enough). Anyway, using the wear gauges there at the CMP, my M1 and Carbine should be good shooters, I can only hope. I have ordered a spring replace set for both guns from Midway USA. Maybe by this time next week I will be a proud M1 parent.
     
  16. Orlando

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    Congrats on the new rifles
    Did you get Wolf Op Rod springs?
    Wolf springs seem to all function fine with the exception of their Garand Op Rod springs. Best made are from Orion 7
    Good Luck
     
  17. easterner123

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    Well...

    I have shot the M1 Carbine and I agree that it is a great gun. It has a lot of stovepipes (at least mine did) but I never had any feeding problems. I am looking for one for sale at a reasonable price so I can afford the ammo.

    How much did the Greek milsupr cost? I heard .30 carbine was getting scarce so I'm hesitant to buy a rifle with little ammo available. If I can't buy the carbine I'll get the full M1 Garand.
     
  18. Orlando

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    The Greek HXP ammo is for the Garand and is $75.00 for 192 rds in eblocs and bandoleers. No surplus carbine ammo available
     
  19. CA357

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    I put a Wolff op rod spring in my Garand and it runs perfectly. At least so far it does.

    I disassembled it last weekend after having put several hundred rounds through it without much of a clean up. It was ready for it and it was a good opportunity for me to become more familiar with it. It took a bit for me to get it reassembled correctly, but it got done and I learned some stuff. :cool:
     
  20. Orlando

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    Wolf Op Rod springs are "extra power" springs and alot of times cause function problems. If you have one installed and it runs fine leave it. Otherwise order a Op Rod spring from Orion 7