M1 Garand Ammunition

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Dzscubie, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    All right guys, I’m going to show my lack of knowledge on M1 Garand ammunition. My wife bought me a WWII M1 a few years ago and I have not shot it yet. I know, I know, I was remiss but as I was stationed in Washington DC at the time and since returning I have just not found the time to take her out and shoot her.

    Now I have always wanted an M1 but in reality I know very little about them or the ammunition they shoot. I’m planning to take her to the Texas Country Critter Kicker meet-in a few weeks for her maiden shoot but want to make sure I have the right ammunition for her.

    Linda bought me a bandoleer of ammo a while back but I’m not sure if it’s the proper type to shoot in her. I have attached a couple of pictures of the ammunition to see what y’all think.

    Does anyone (stupid question I know) know what the head stamp is for proper M1 ammunition that I can shoot?

    Thanks for the help.
     

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  2. ChuckD

    ChuckD New Member

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    Nevermind... I've been schooled... :)

    CD
     
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  3. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    i am no expert, i do have an m1 garand but mainly have shot mil-suplus, the only thing I have heard is some of the newer 30-06 has more power than what was desined for the m1 garand, and if you use this over powerd ammo to much you can damage the op rod. there are companies that make 30-06 desiganted for the m1 garand, i found some on cheaperthandirt.com, with that being said before i knew of this i did shoot a box of standerd ammo from walmart or some place, and i didnt have any problems, but i wouldnt do it again. hope this helps any and have fun with that rifle!!! What year was it made and by who? Mine was made in 1943 by springfiled.:)
     
  4. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    A search of my S/N found mine was a 1943 Springfield also.
     
  5. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    Scubie,

    Please do us both a favor - and do not shoot commercial .30-06 in your Garand.....

    The Greek HXP surplus would be an excellent alternative however. Save the Winchester soft point for the hunting rifle. That's all I'm going to say.
    "Not gonna argue"

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  6. JonM

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    now is a good time to ask for a reloading press and dies. then you cansafely replicate ww2 loads using modern components at a dramatically cheaper price ;)
     
  7. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    Trust me guys I'm not going to use current commercial ammunition in my Garand and right now my Dillon is still a few months away. I still need to know how to identify the head stamp for for ammunition I can use.
     
  8. Highpower

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  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The issue with the Garand is the burn rate of the powder. This dictates the pressure curve and the pressure when the bullet passes the gas port. Slower burning powders peak later and allow excessive pressure through the port. This can damage the operating rod.

    Some commercial ammo "may" be loaded with too slow powder. Since commercial loaders do not publish what powder they lad with, you don't know until it's broke.

    Hornaday is loading specifically for the Garand. The mil-surp M-2 ammo is loaded for the Garand. IMR 4895 is the "ideal" powder for the Garand. Anything slower is potentially harmful. Faster is probably OK. I use BLC-2 and W-748 and have never bent an op rod.

    Your rifle is nearly 70 years old, give it a little TLC.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Nothing wrong with the Korean "KA" ammo. You just clean properly after shooting and there is absolutely nothing to worry about. If you are inclined to shoot a rifle and not clean it for a couple of days/weeks. Avoid the corrosive ammo
     
  11. Highpower

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    Didn't say there was anything "wrong" with it. Simply pointed out the fact that it is "corrosive". (Priming compound)
    But I generally try to steer people away from using that type of ammunition who are new to the platform. But again, I'm not here to argue. ;)
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Dang, here we go. I did not mean "wrong" as in incorrect or unacceptable. Geez.
    If you shoot corrosive ammo in any rifle, Make sure you do your research, understand how to clean up aftarwards and do so promptly.
     
  13. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    Nah, no problem here robo. I'm done. Promise. :)
     
  14. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, for anyone that wants ammo to shoot in an M1 Garand, why not ammo made FOR the M1 garand- the military M2 Ball cartridge. Yes, some civilian 30-06 ammo is loaded in such as way as to batter the hell out of the operating rod- and they are getting scarce and pricy. Where to get ammo loaded for the M1 Garand? Well, if you are a US Citizen, how about the Civilian Marksmanship Program? Link: Ammunition Sales
     
  15. CA357

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    I shoot surplus ball ammunition. Here's some links to some sites to learn about the M1. As far as ammunition, I just bought the Greek HXP ammo when I could and just kept stocking it when it was available. Hornady does make a load specifically for the Garand, but it costs more than the surplus does.

    Get out there and shoot that rascal, you'll probably fall in love. There just isn't another rifle like the Garand.

    The M1 Garand Rifle - An American Companion In Three Wars

    Battle Rifle: The M1 Garand

    ParallaxBill's Curio & Relic and Military Surplus Firearms Forums - Message Board Yuku
     
  16. ChuckD

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    Good info guys. Looks like I should get some M1 friendly ammo.

    CD
     
  17. CA357

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    I love my Garand. :cool:
     
  18. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    Thanks
    C3 I appreciate it.
     
  19. phrogmech

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    I use 4895 and 175 grn sierra. CMP has some 30 cal surplus to sell