Reloading for .308 Garand


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ping
May 24, 2010, 05:42 PM
I just got a Garand Chambered in .308. It does not have a spacer or anything like that and is in pristine condition. Long story but the man i got it from got it in 1965. I went to range with it before i bought it and shot commercial and it did absolutely wonderful. My question is: should I observe the limitations of not shooting commerical through it like i do on my other garands. i reload for them with IMR etc. I do have a springfield M1A that i reload for. could i use the same reload for it and be ok.

bullet:sierra 168 HPBT
powder: IMR4895
Load 41.5
Coal: 2.800
Trim: 2.005

Thanks

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USSR
May 24, 2010, 06:09 PM
bullet:sierra 168 HPBT
powder: IMR4895
Load 41.5
Coal: 2.800
Trim: 2.005

That would be THE load, whether for the M1A or the M1.

Don

NuJudge
May 24, 2010, 06:39 PM
That load will shoot REALLY well in that rifle, if it will shoot well with anything.

SlamFire1
May 24, 2010, 07:13 PM
My question is: should I observe the limitations of not shooting commerical through it like i do on my other garands.

Commercial ammunition is not loaded with Garand port pressures in mind. Your next lot of commercial may have a slow burning powder which over accelerates your operating rod. That will bang things up over time.

NATO ammo is likely to be good, though the mil surplus I have shot has been a lot hotter than a 168 with 41.5 grains. There are interchangeability standards for NATO ammo, it was supposed to run in rifles from FALís, M14ís, and G3ís. Hopefully it still does.

delta5
May 24, 2010, 08:29 PM
How would BL-(C)2 work for this rifle?

ping
May 26, 2010, 05:00 PM
I have never used BL so i would not know. I know IMR4895 is pretty well the standard for the Garand. I loaded some last night so i will test it saturday.

ArchAngelCD
May 27, 2010, 12:40 AM
You will be fine using IMR4895 or H4895 in any Garand. You can also use all the other powders acceptable for 30-06 Garand ammo like IMR4064 and Varget. Oh and BL-C2 will work very well for 7.62 NATO Garand ammo if that's what you have...

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