M1 Garand Ammo

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  1. bige91603

    bige91603 New Member

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    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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  2. sputnik1988

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  3. bige91603

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    I heard the wolf 30.06 ammo works well in it


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  4. sputnik1988

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    Possibly, but I wouldn't chance it myself, especially with any kind of volume.
     
  5. zaitsev44

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    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.
     
  6. c3shooter

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    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.
     
  7. 25-5

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    Midway USA has American Eagle 30-06 for the M1 Garand. $25.00 a box.
    Also reloading is an option.
     
  8. KJG67

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    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.

    http://estore.thecmp.org/store/cata...max=&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.
     
  9. JonM

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    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
     
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  11. Sniper03

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    I am with 25-5! If I do not shoot CMP Ammuntion made for the M-1 Garand with lower presure I also buy from Midway USA. Or as mentioned you can download your own if you reload.
    Shooting ammunition with higher presures can damage the Op Rod and the Rifle.
    Federal American Eagle Ammunition 30-06 Springfield (M1 Garand) 150 Grain Full Metal Jacket
     

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  12. bige91603

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    Thanks for all of the info guys, I really appreciate it! I think picking up one of the shuster gas plugs may be my next move just so I don't do any damage to the op rod. Just need to get the rear sight fixed . That thing has me steaming at the ears


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  13. KJG67

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    What's wrong with your rear sight? Pictures?
     
  14. Sniper03

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    The gas regulators are also a good idea! What is with the rear sight issue?
    KJG just beat me out!
    Sorry for the dupe!

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  15. 25-5

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    If you have an M1 Garand and put a shuster in it. It isn't really an M1 anymore. Consider it's history. Lower pressure ammo is accurate and you are shooting an iconic firearm.
     
  16. t_humm

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    The American Eagle never agreed with my Garand, surplus is the way to go. Also cabelas usually has 500 rounds new production M2 Ball that mine like


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  17. 25-5

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    You need to take the rifle apart, including the rear sight. Replacement parts are available.
     
  18. sputnik1988

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    :confused: the gas plug threads in and out in seconds, looks almost identical to the original and is easily swapped back out, how is it losing any history?
     
  19. 25-5

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    It's just my opinion. I like to keep and shoot the milsurps as traditionally as I can. A lot of the M1 rifles have parts from all over. So it would make no difference anyway.
    I also reload, so ammo is not the problem others have to deal with.
     
  20. toddchaney

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    You can use Garand 30-06 30 cal carbine.