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Old 08-04-2012, 02:27 PM
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Reloading for new M14

I just got a LRB M14/M1A and Im wanting to start hand loading for it. I don't really care about match grade accuracy I just want to be safe. I have heard these can be a B**** to hand load for. Which small base dies should I order for it and what else do I need to know? Any load info as far as the standard load for the M1A. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:58 PM
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Re: Reloading for new M14

I load for three M1As and four M1 Garands and have excellent results. You may or may not need small base dies, I don't. I am using the RCBS .308 X-die.
First of all get a Hornady 7th edition cartridge loading handbook. It has a separate section for the M1A and the M1 Garand.
Expect only 4 loads out of your brass and that is from the very beginning with new brass. You may be able to get more but case head separation is inevitable and dangerous.
There are several suitable powders but my personal favorite is IMR 4895.
Use only CCI #34 primers and make sure they are all seated below flush.
If you plan to use military brass, you will need a crimp removal tool.
My standard target bullet is the 168gr. SMK and my hunting bullet is the 168 gr. Nosler Ballsitic Tip.
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Are you crimping the bullets? Thanks for the help!
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:42 PM
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No, I have never found the need to crimp for either the M1A or M1. Some will disagree but that's the way it is.
Only ammo that I crimp is .300WM and handgun ammo.
Crimping may help in stabilizing your standard deviation.
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:45 PM
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Re: Reloading for new M14

SMKs and the Nosler BTs do not have a crimping cannelure.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:49 PM
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Re: Reloading for new M14

I have found the load data For my two M-1As with 1-12 twist barrels is the same as Lake city used to load the M852 ammo. Lucky I have three cans of it.
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Re: Reloading for new M14

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SMKs and the Nosler BTs do not have a crimping cannelure.
Some SMS do
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