The reoccuring Garand question....


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BsChoy
January 30, 2007, 12:38 AM
I have IMR4064, Varget, and R15 for my rifles. Of these which would be the best choice to avoid bending my OP rod all up? I know R15 is slower than the others but 4064 works really good in my mauser. Any experience is appreciated.
Chris

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Steve in PA
January 30, 2007, 12:49 AM
Don't know about RL15, but IMR-4064 and Varget will work fine in a Garand. Personally, I use IMR-4895.

Sunray
January 30, 2007, 01:01 AM
IMR4064 with 165 grain hunting bullets or 168 grain match bullets works extremely well out of my rifle. It's more consistently accurate than IMR4895 with either bullet. Both bullet weights give amazing accuracy with 4064 out of a .308 too.
Varget has a following, but I've never used it or anything else once I found the 4064 load.
The rifle was designed to use .30 M1 ammo with its 174.5 less 3 grains bullet not the .30 M2's 152 grain ammo. Any bullet up to 180's won't hurt your rifle. 165's or 168's are more consistently accurate though. Mind you, the box of 220 grain Silvertips I fired out of mine didn't bother it either.
J.C. Garand proved the strength of the rifle by firing 'blue pill' loads up to 120,000 psi with no fuss. The left bolt lug cracked at 120,000. The same rifle, with no parts changes, went on to fire another 5,000 rounds of 'service' ammo with no further damage. You really have to work at breaking an M-1.

USSR
January 30, 2007, 08:30 AM
BsChoy,

Any of those 3 will work with the Garand, but if I had all three powders, I would use the IMR4064.

Don

ATAShooter
January 30, 2007, 12:24 PM
Yes, RE-15 is ok for the Garand. I just had this conversation with the Alliant Rep and with their Customer service dept. As long as you load it to the Garand operating pressure specs, you are ok.

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