M1A national match reload

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by lorvan, May 16, 2009.

  1. lorvan

    lorvan Well-Known Member

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    I bought a few days from a friend an M14 super match rifle I thinck with a Douglas 1:10 inox barrel. In Italy we do not have the original military rounds.
    Someone may recommend a reload data (preferably with Vittavuori powder) that I can use for shooting and hunting, I thing up to 600 yards?

    Thank you.. grazie

    Lorenzo
     
  2. BountyHunter

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    Go to the long range target shooting forum. They have long list of M1A loads.

    Note it is strongly recommended that you use the CCI35 primer to prevent slam fires and blowing the rifle up.

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    BH
     

  3. lorvan

    lorvan Well-Known Member

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    I do not know the CCI 35 primers; I use ofte the bench rest ones in my bolt action rifles. I have seen on the cci hhome page and I have found CCi 34 and CCI 41 for military semiauto rifles. Pheraps the CCI 34 are the right choice. Now I try to find the long range target shooting forum..

    Thanks

    Lorenzo
     
  4. lorvan

    lorvan Well-Known Member

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    what is the address of the long range target shooting forum ?

    L.
     
  5. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    he ment to say CCI #34 its the military primer.

    I shoot 42g of R15 over a 168g AMAX seated to mag length. I use LC brass
     
  6. Jim Oliver

    Jim Oliver Well-Known Member

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  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The M1As all like the M 852 match but if you can't find this ammo the powders to use are
    4895 or 4064 with standard large rifle primers and 168gr SMKs. The other powders may not
    produce the proper port pressures.

    Maybe some of the M1A shooters will chime in.

    Powder charges are around 40+grs in order to reach proper port pressures for smooth
    operation. When the port pressure is right it will stack all the discharged brass in a neat
    little pile at 2 o'clock.

    With these loads you can hunt and target shoot ,or substitute 165 gr hunting bullets.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  8. BountyHunter

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    click on the log in link in my post above and go to the service rifle forum.

    BH
     
  9. Jim Oliver

    Jim Oliver Well-Known Member

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    When I was shooting my M1A (Springfield Super Match, with heavy barrel), my standard load for hunting was the Hornady 150 grain Spire Point hunting bullet, over 42.0 grains of IMR 4895, with Remington 9 1/2 primers, in Federal Match brass.

    Easily under 1 inch at 100 yards for 5 rounds, and well within the correct pressure curve for the M1A gas system.

    Jim
     
  10. lorvan

    lorvan Well-Known Member

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    Hello Jim, thank you.
    I still do not know how to regulate the gas system of this rifle that I bought from a few days.
    I would have thought of a more bullet weigh, as 168 grains with a 1:10 barrel, but perhaps a 150 grain is better, more speed, less drop until 500 yard I think.
    And for the target shooting what do you use?

    Lorenzo
     
  11. Jim Oliver

    Jim Oliver Well-Known Member

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    Lorenzo,
    I am sending you a private message.

    Jim
     
  12. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The 150gr can be made to work as long as you use the right powder.

    The Ball ammo (Full metal jacket) is around 147grs and it shoots OK ,and
    they use ball powder but I'm not sure how much and what kind.

    I recommended the 168 SMK because it was close to the military white box match (173gr full
    patch boat tail bullet) and the 168 is used in the M 852 match. Also it has better BCs that
    lighter bullets (better for shooting 600 and 1000 yards).

    The loads listed earlier have the right port pressure so you don't have to mess with the gas
    port.

    J E CUSTOM