Best Loads for a M1A


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El Bucho
June 4, 2003, 04:13 PM
Have a Springfield M1A with a National Match Barrel and have tried a couple different loads. Since it would cost a lot to try a bunch of factory loads, just thought I'd ask what people are finding to work best in their M1A's? Just got a Lee Reloader, but that's a different thread. So far I have had the best luck with Federal 165gr JHP Match Grade rounds (i'm pretty sure that's what they were, have to go back and look at the box). Nosler tips work alright too. Thanks in advance.

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uglymofo
June 4, 2003, 09:24 PM
One of the most popular and time-tested loads is Lapua, Winchester, or IMI brass / 175 SMK / 42.2gr / IMR 4064 / WLR primer. If you use LC brass, start at 10% milder loads.

Some folks swear by Varget, but I don't know the recipe w/ 175's. I prefer 178 AMAX's. They're about 33% more accurate. However, it's such a heavy bullet and the load is "warm", that I use a vented gas cylinder to eliminate the possibility of damaging my action or the op rod. Dunno if that dq's me from service rifle, but I don't much care.

Fatelvis
June 4, 2003, 10:22 PM
168 SMK over 41.5 gr IMR 4895, w/CCI BR-2 primer, in a LC case, loaded to 2.80" OAL. This load will shoot great in your rifle, it is the standard load for those shooting the M14 in competition. Ugly is right, the 175 SMK is great too, especially for 600 yds+. Good luck, and let us know how she shoots!

Lyle Wyatt
June 5, 2003, 01:07 AM
I second what Fatelvis says. I've been running 168 gr. boattails on top of 41.5 grs of IMR 4895 through my M1A for 27 years now.

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