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M1 Garand, suggestions

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by chefbq, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. chefbq

    chefbq Milwaukie New Member

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    Good News: have a 1954 HRA Garand en route. Super clean with cosmoline in protected areas.
    Bad News: shot up all the Greek mil-surp 10 years ago on the Garand I shouldn't have sold.

    So, with the 40s vintage mil brass I have acquired, any suggestions on a tame bullet/powder/primer combination to get started. Have read a few older posts and have followed the advice of IMR 4895 as a starter; seems to make sense with a Sierra Match King 168 gr. BTHP as the closest thing to a military load.
    I would appreciate any insights you fellows would have to reduce my learning curve.
    To say I'm excited about putting this piece of genius to my shoulder is an understatement.
    Thanks.
     
  2. 415DET

    415DET Hillsboro Oregon Member

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    46.5 grains of IMR 4064 or 46.5 of Varget under a 168 with CCI 34 primers loaded to 3.30 OAL. IMR 4064 is available everywhere, and for my Garand, has been more accurate than Varget.

    Ted
     
  3. dlurvey

    dlurvey Aloha, Oregon Member

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    I've found good results with 47 gns of IMR 4895 with the Sierra 168 HPBT MK.
     
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  4. chefbq

    chefbq Milwaukie New Member

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    Excellent, thank you gentlemen.
     
  5. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    If you handload for the M1, I would highly recommend the Schuster adjustable gas plug. It reduces battering on the operating rod, bolt lugs, and receiver. And it takes the kick out of the recoil. Not that the recoil is bad anyway...
     
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  6. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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  7. HotRod61

    HotRod61 Happy Valley Active Member

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    I run a different load than most. I got more than 10+ reloads out of my brass. I run 47.4 gr of H4895 Hornaday 150 gr fmjbt WLR primers. Coal around 3.300
    Your rifle most likely is different.
    Always start low and work your loads up.

    Can't believe that more M1 shooters haven't chimed in.
    Good luck and have fun.

    HotRod
     
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  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yea buy a new reloading book and look up the loads listed specifically for the M1

    Hornady and Serria and I believe Speer all have specific loads for the M1 Garand
     
  9. ma96782

    ma96782 Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Google: Master Po's reloading recommendations for the M1.

    Aloha, Mark
     
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  10. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    To add to the gas plug suggestion, there is a better one available that is 'set', no adjustment or worry re what pressure you're running, it's technically and scientifically sound.
     
  11. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    And that gas plug is?
     
  12. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  13. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for the Schuster. And get yourself a case guage. Double-check every round that is going into your rifle.