Just bought my New (old) M1


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ar10
August 13, 2007, 10:52 PM
Picked it up from a collector who has 6 of them. All original parts. I shot it for the first time in 40 years, (it's funny how some things you never forget). I sighted it at 25 yds then got all 8 rounds in the 3" black at 100 yds. I'm headed to the 300 yd range this Thurs to see if it was just lucky shooting.
From what I got off the serial # it looks like a 49/50 production, but it might be a 48. The stock is a little lighter walnut than I had when I joined but as far as accuracy it looks like there's nothing wrong with the barrel..

I do have one question: I was told that shooting the current .06 rnds are too hot for the M1 and the rounds made in the middle east were pretty corrosive. Would anyone care to shed some light on this? I sure would appreciate it.

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auberg
August 13, 2007, 11:04 PM
I'm no expert, but I have a couple of Garands. Its my understanding that current factory loads are too hot for the Garands. But, the good news is you can get surplus from the CMP for very good price. It was designed for the Garand.

davera
August 13, 2007, 11:05 PM
In general, commercial .30-06 generates the wrong pressure curve for the gas system. You can get correct .30-06 from the CMP and other sources. You can also install an adjustable gas valve that can be tuned for just about any .30-06 around.

Search is your friend, there is lots and lots of info on Garand ammo.

trueblue1776
August 13, 2007, 11:22 PM
Lake City surplus is das spitze fur dien Garand(the best for your Garand)!

Just came across some today in my net wanderings:

http://ammunitiontogo.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=24_102

Steve in PA
August 14, 2007, 01:39 AM
As already stated, regular .30/06 ammo is not good for the M1. However, several companies make ammo that can be shot in the M1, like Federal American Eagle 150gr FMJ.

I haven't bought factory ammo in years because I reload for everything I shoot, so you may want to look around at some of the M1 boards to find what is good for your rifle.

Nothing wrong with corrosive ammo as long as you clean the rifle correctly when you are done.

hamourkiller
August 14, 2007, 07:49 AM
For hunting you can use the Reduced recoil ammo, or just shoot enough of the 150 to 165 gr factory loads to do the deed.

for every day shooting pick up several cases of greek hxp from CMP, then you bever have to worry. Also this brass is reloadable and you can reload your hunting loads. Stay with starting or middle loads. 4895 is the powder of choice I believe.

Swampy
August 14, 2007, 07:58 AM
From what I got off the serial # it looks like a 49/50 production, but it might be a 48.

????

You might want to re-check your sources on that XD.

During WWII all M1 rifle production ended in late Summer of '45. There was a complete production hiatus up until the Korean war. Springfield Armory did not put out any more new M1's until late in '52.

Between the two wars... when production was stopped... the only work being done on M1's was re-furbishing of all the used WWII rifles.

What is the serial number of your M1?? We can tell you when it was made by that...

Best regards,
Swampy

Garands forever

dscottw88
August 14, 2007, 08:03 AM
How much would a field grade M1 be? I looked at CMP but I guess they have some wierd requirements stating you gotta be a part of some affiliated group? someone help me please!?

Swampy
August 14, 2007, 08:35 AM
How much would a field grade M1 be? I looked at CMP but I guess they have some wierd requirements stating you gotta be a part of some affiliated group? someone help me please!?

The prices are listed on the CMP website rifle sales page.

Yes, you have to belong to a CMP affiliate club... just like always, since before anyone now living has been shooting. Nothing wierd about it.....

Your state rifle association or the Garand Collectors Assoc. would be the easiest choices for just about anyone. Sorry, the NRA is not a CMP affiliate. There is a listing of local clubs and groups on the CMP website.

Best regards,
Swampy

Garands forever

monsternav
August 14, 2007, 09:41 AM
For dscottw88:

Link to the CMP requirements page.

http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Rifles/eligibility_requirements.htm

30Cal
August 14, 2007, 05:06 PM
Lake City surplus is das spitze fur dien Garand(the best for your Garand)!

Just came across some today in my net wanderings:

http://ammunitiontogo.com/catalog/in...p?cPath=24_102

The CMP Greek HXP shoots a lot better than the late vintage LC (69 and later) that's floating around these days.

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