M1 Garand Ammo and Loads

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by TXnorton, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    I fell into a good deal on a nice Springfield Armory M1 Garand yesterday. I had to buy it. It is a late 1941 rifle with a 1947 re-barrel at RIA. Barrel and action look brand new! Wood is better than OK, and all in all it is a very nice M1. It looks really nice next to the '03-A3 that I also "had to buy" just before Xmas!

    Any suggestions on where to find any (cheap) Mil surplus M2 ammo? It looks to me like the Greek stuff is pretty much all gone now.

    I do re-load for my Remnington M700 .30-06 (165 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip over 48.5 grains of IMR 4064). This has been my standard .30-06 hunting load for 25 years.

    I'll probably be buying some bulk 150 grain FMJ bullets to reload for the M1 and 03-A3. Any recommendations for powder and loads for the 150 grain bullets for the M1 and 03-A3?
     
  2. res45

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    From CMP CMP Forums - Powered by vBulletin

    Hornady #7 manual has a whole section devoted to reloading for the M-1 Garand,they will send you a scan of that section if you email or contact them by phone if you don't have the manual. You can also find some load data on the forum link I posted above.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    TX, I sent you a PM.
     
  4. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    Don:

    I have tried to send you a PM response, but I seem to be having a dsyfunctional computer day today. Let me know if you have received my PM response (maybe several times!).

    Thanks
     
  5. hunter Joe

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    48 grains of IMR 4064 under 168 grain Sierra Match King bullet. My Garand loves to eat this load.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Got the PM TX and sent you one back.
     
  7. 30-30remchester

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    The preasure curve on slow burning powders like 4350 and slower can damage the op rod of M1,s. The WWII loading for M2 rounds used 48 grains of IMR 4895.
     
  8. gandog56

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  9. Gatekeeper

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    Congrats on your "new" Garand TX!
    A M1 is still on my "Most Wanted" list.
    Ive got a Hornady manual and can (try to) send ya some scans if you want 'em
    Oh yeah, by the way...
    [​IMG]
    :D:D-------Gate
     
  10. TXnorton

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    Gate:

    I'd appreciate the scans I'll send you my email addy via PM in a minute.

    Here are some photos I took yesterday.
     

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  11. TXnorton

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    WOW, those are pretty inexpensive bullets. I assume that you have used them and are pretty satisfied with them?
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That's a pretty Garand TX. :)
     
  13. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    e-mails and PM sent----Gate
     
  14. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    This forum is tops! If you want or need some help, there are great people here who will step right up!

    A great big heartfelt thanks to CA357 and Gatekeeper!
     
  15. Silvertip 44

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    Here's a few Garands all accurized by Ol Hook.
    My favorite load is 45.5 gr. IMR-4895, 168gr. Sierra MK, WLR primers, HXP or Lake City cases.
     

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  16. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I use 46 grains of W-748 topped by a 147-150gr FMJ. This is two full grains under max and shoots very well in every Garand I have tried.
     
  17. CA357

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    Dang it Silvertip! It was all I could do to get one and you show us four!

    Nice. ;)
     
  18. Silvertip 44

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    Well, doggone it, CA357, I didn't get these until I became an old retired man living at home alone with his dog. He don't ***** at me for buying guns and ammo either. I would really loved to be able to have these toys in my younger days but couldn't.
    Now I play with loading ammo and experiment with different bullets until I find the tack driving load.
    If I ain't fishing for trout in the mountains or crappie, stripers and largemouth on the lake i am at the range.
    Those M1s have been accurized by Ol' Hook Boutin (google him) as well as the M1A's. Now I'll shoot you some more pictures.
    In November there is a group of us from here going to Montana after elk and mule deer. I will try to take an elk with the M1A and my range master, one of the group, wants me to try to take the mulie with a Garand.
     

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  19. CA357

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    Nice M1A's too. :cool: