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Old 02-05-2010, 10:26 AM
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M1 Garand Load

Does anyone have a M1 Garand load (30-06 not the 308 versions....mine is an original Springfield) that has consistently shot well for them? I've heard that the heavier bullets tend to do well with garands? Up to 200gr?

any advice is appreciated

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Old 02-05-2010, 03:13 PM
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Re: M1 Garand Load

Standard advice loading for an M1 Garand is to use powder with a burn rate between IMR 4895 and IMR 4064 and NO bullets heavier than 180 grains. Powders outside the above burn rate or heavier than 180 grain bullets can and eventually will damage the op rod of your rifle. Most accurate bullets in the Garand seem to be the 168 grain match bullets and the most often used powder for them seems to be IMR 4064. Here is a site that lists some max loads recommended by the NRA:
M1 load data (courtesy of NRA)
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:29 PM
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Re: M1 Garand Load

Thank you! I'll compare those with my hornady load manual see how spicey they are!

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Old 02-05-2010, 08:56 PM
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Re: M1 Garand Load

"precision shooting with the m1-garand "by roy baumgardner says it was designed for powders slower than 3031 and no slower than 4320. with i-4895 46.5 and a 168 i shot a .27, .29, .33. the national match load of 173 at 2720 can be duplicated with i-4064 and a 175. varget is another good powder.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:25 AM
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Re: M1 Garand Load

4064 and Varget have worked real well for me using 168's. I have used everybody's 168's but have had best results in my Garand with Nosler Custom Comp 168's. I am in the 48 grain area on my load but please start at least 10% lower and work up.

With the gas piston operating rod the heavier bullets are ill advised. I would stick with 168's they have performed wonderfully for me for years at the 600 yard line. Chink clang!
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:50 AM
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Re: M1 Garand Load

Pretty much already covered here, but 46-47 grains of 4895 and a 168 was simply THE National Match load for decades. It's already been touched upon here, but always bears repeating, perfectly safe loads of well under maximum pressure, can and will damage the Garand's op rod if the burn rate is too slow. Go to 4895 or 4064, or something no slower on the burn rate charts, and no slower. Dittos on the comments about bullet weight. I'd recommend 175s as being best suited, but certainly nothing heavier than the 180s.. The old style Sierra 180s (longer boat tail, like the 190s) were really great, but then they changed the bullet and put the standard 168 BT on it to economize on tooling. Stick with the 175 today, as it's a far better option for this rifle.

Truly great rifles, and a fine history behind them, but they do have special care and feeding requirements!

Kevin Thomas
Lapua USA
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:04 AM
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Re: M1 Garand Load

Thank you all very much for your input. I believe the powder I will use will be the IMR4895.

I don't have any 175gr pills at the moment but I do have a decent number of 165 and 168's so I will probably try those first.

I will search out some 175gr pills as soon as I can.

Currently I am waiting on my follower arm to arrive as I was informed that it was bent on my rifle.

It doesn't look bent but I'll have to compare it to the new one.

Thanks again
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