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A real Garand dilema

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Jmurman, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. Jmurman

    Jmurman Well-Known Member

    Ok, here is the story. Last year I purchased a new Kimber Pro Carry. This after much scrimping and saving and laying out the ground wrok with my wife. My goal since then has been to get set up with a Dillon 550b reloader and all the necessary equipment to be somewhat self reliant with ammo.

    Fast forward to this year. I have my heart set on a CMP Garand. Now I can get the Service Grade for about $500 plus.

    The question is this. Do I get the Dillon, with the stuff to do 30-06 plus 45, and defer the Garand until next year or take the money and get the Garand and defer the Dillon until next year...

    any thoughts?
  2. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

    This probably belongs in the GD forum, but I'll leave it here for now.

    I'd say get the Dillon now and you can shoot more in the time being.
  3. Jmurman

    Jmurman Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your reply. I probably should have put it in the GD forum, please feel free to move it.
  4. WT

    WT Well-Known Member

    Get the Garand now. Next year, somebody may have passed another law calling the Garand an assault rifle and limiting sales.
  5. marvl

    marvl Well-Known Member

    Get the Garand. You can always buy cheap ammo until you can reload. As much as I enjoy reloading, I enjoy shooting more. ;)
  6. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

    On further consdideration, I change my "vote." Get the Garand and some surplus ammo. Please learn to shoot it from positon. I would rather have another Rifleman amongst my ranks than another handloader...though we need them too.
  7. riverdog

    riverdog Well-Known Member

    Garand, without hesitation..
  8. gun-fucious

    gun-fucious Well-Known Member

    by the time you account for all the hardware and the TIME spent reloading

    its a wash on the economy $cale

    as a hobby to occupy time, its a pleasing past time for many.

    Your wife might prefer you to buy the rifle
    and spend the reloading time doing something with her


    by the time you get all the doodads, benches and brass,
    a reloading set up is going to cost you 500 bucks

    you can buy over 2000 rounds of FIOCCHI .45 for 500 bucks...
  9. TrapperReady

    TrapperReady Well-Known Member

    Ooh! Ooh!

    I know -- Call on me!


    Now, what's my prize for the right answer?
  10. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    I vote for the Garand now. Even though CMP estimates a few more years supply (up to seven I believe) I think Dillon will be around longer than the supply of these fine rifles.
  11. RustyHammer

    RustyHammer Well-Known Member

  12. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    Follow the law of supply and demand
    Purchase yourself an M1 Garand!


    While you still can.

    (And follow Steve's advice -- learn to shoot from positions, not just off a bench)
  13. Daniel T

    Daniel T Well-Known Member

    Garand. I'm also joing a CMP club so I can get one of these babies. It'll have to wait a few months, though.
  14. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    Demise -- I like your sig line!
  15. ARperson

    ARperson Well-Known Member

    I'd also have to say go with the Garand for precisely the reasons mentioned about supply and demand.

    Though with our federal government reloading is likely to be just as evil as guns in the next year or so.

    Million Mommie: "But these 'gun nuts' reload their own ammunition to deadly power."
  16. Matthew_Q

    Matthew_Q Well-Known Member

    Get the Garand. There are a finite number available at the prices the CMP sells them at. They are a STEAL from the CMP!

    If you appreciate the M1, you MUST own one. It is a MORAL IMPERATIVE. You can get the Dillon any time.
  17. HankB

    HankB Well-Known Member

    I'll be the lone dissenter - spend your money on something other than a CMP Garand.

    The Garand is a fine rifle, but the ones the CMP is selling have been around the block a time or two. Or three. Or four.

    They've probably had barrels shot out and replaced repeatedly, been dumped into - and out of - trucks, halftracks, and ships, been taken apart and put back together with mismatched parts, shot with corrosive ammo and not cleaned, etc. Stocks may be split, sights may be loose . . .

    In short, the recent $500 CMP Garands I've seen have not been in very impressive condition. When the CMP calls them "serviceable" it means they should function with milspec ball ammo and they're unlikely to blow up in your face, but that's about it.

    Now, if you want a CMP Garand because it's a piece of history, and your collection needs one, and you're willing to spend $500 for one sight unseen, great. Go for it. Maybe you'll get lucky and get one that's a cut above the average in condition. And there has to be a little satisfaction at having the U. S. Government ship a rifle right to your door.

    But don't be too surprised if the rifle you receive looks like a beaten dog.
  18. RustyHammer

    RustyHammer Well-Known Member

  19. Jmurman

    Jmurman Well-Known Member

    I think that I will do this. I have been "piece mealing" the Dillon set up and I can do that still and even though I might not get a chance to shoot the Garand that much, I still would like to have it before another stupid law is passed.
  20. rayra

    rayra member

    Garand while you can.

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