Preferred M1 Garand Loads


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Havok7416
January 20, 2013, 12:03 PM
I thought I would take a poll to see how many M1 Garand reloaders here use what weight bullet. The most common are in the range of 150-155, 165-168 and 174 so those are the options listed plus an "other".


EDIT: I forgot to include 178 grain bullet - stupid since that's what I currently have. Please use the 170-174 option for that one.

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Havok7416
January 20, 2013, 05:00 PM
Looks like most are using the traditional weight bullet.

USSR
January 20, 2013, 10:33 PM
Not sure how much help my info was, I shoot them from 147gr FMJBT's to 174gr FMJBT's.

Don

Havok7416
January 20, 2013, 10:46 PM
Absolutely any information is helpful - if not to me then to someone new to reloading. I found some .308 A-max bullets in stock at Midway in 155 and 168 grain loadings which prompted my question. After seeing that the 155 grains are cheaper I ended up getting some.

ArchAngelCD
January 21, 2013, 10:13 AM
While I know heavier bullets were originally used in the M1 I load what was used in the wars, 150gr bullets. Since I don't shoot my M1 long distances in competition 150gr bullets are just fine, especially since they cost a lot less than heavier bullets due to surplus supplies. If I were shooting 600 yards I would switch to a 168gr match bullet and @1000 yards even heavier.

USMAGator
January 21, 2013, 10:31 AM
When I can find them, I like to use the M80 pulled bullets....147gr FMJBT, over IMR4895. I'm sure there are more accurate options out there, but for me shooting 100-200 yards these do just fine.

Havok7416
January 21, 2013, 08:29 PM
I usually only shoot my M1 at 100 yards also. My recent move will force me to shoot at an indoor range for the time being so range will be much shorter.

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