Which .308 barrel for an M1 Garand?


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TCW
March 11, 2005, 01:54 AM
Hi All,
If you were to re-barrel an M1, which .308 barrel would you buy: Wilson, Criterion, or Douglas?...Can't afford a Krieger.

Looking for good accuracy for about $200.

Thanks!
TCW

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Swampy
March 11, 2005, 08:01 AM
TCW,

I own two Match Grade M1's. Both in .308. One Wilson, one Douglas. Both are great shooters.

Best,
Swampy

garands forever

cgv69
March 11, 2005, 09:26 AM
I admit I do not know a lot about Garands but I thought they were chambered for 30-06? Are you converting it to .308? If so, what's involved other than switching the barrel? New bolt? Different "clips"???

Sorry if my questions seem dumb but I would like to get a Garand someday but I'm not really crazy about the 30-06 so this peaked my interest. Thanks

hillbilly
March 11, 2005, 09:47 AM
SARCO has Citadel barrels brand new for $135 plus shipping.

Numrich Gun Parts has them for around $150 or so.

http://www.sarcoinc.com

hillbilly

Swampy
March 11, 2005, 09:55 AM
cvg69 wrote:

I admit I do not know a lot about Garands but I thought they were chambered for 30-06? Are you converting it to .308? If so, what's involved other than switching the barrel? New bolt? Different "clips"???

Switch barrels (properly headspaced, of course) and put in a mag well block to prevent insertion of '06 ammo (safety feature only, not needed for function) and you are done.

Same clips....

Best to all,
Swampy

Garands forever

TCW
March 11, 2005, 11:00 AM
Hmmmm....Are Citadel barrels as good as the others?

Swampy
March 11, 2005, 11:49 AM
Hmmmm....Are Citadel barrels as good as the others?

I don't own one.... but everything I've read from others leads me to believe that they have a VERY spotty record for quality. Reports of flaky performance from them abound.

For one thing... none of the well known Garand 'smiths sells or uses them on their work. This should tell you something.

Why try to save a few bucks on a barrel, the heart of accuracy in any rifle, when you can get a barrel from a KNOWN supplier of good stuff for $20 more.
Penny wise, pound foolish???.... and "Cheap" is my middle name too.

Stick with the Wilson, Criterion, or Douglas if you want a fer shure good shooter.

Just my 2 bits,

Swampy

Garands forever

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