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ammo for new Garand

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ed, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. Ed

    Ed Well-Known Member

    I ordered a Garand yesterday from the CMP..My First.. I know nothing of them yet. What grain bullet shoots best? What ammo can I get cheap that will shoot best? I may reload for it in the future so what to do then? Powder bullets etc. But for now I need to get something to shoot so when She arrives she will get tried out fast. Thanks. And thanks to everyone on here who motivated me through different post..not to me ...to get one.

  2. Matthew_Q

    Matthew_Q Well-Known Member

    so begins the plethora of answers....

    Try to stick to M2 Ball equivalents. If you use anything else, stick to around 150gr projectiles. Most of the heavier hunting loads will stress the op rod way too much.

    LC surplus is harder to find, but you can find PMC and Korean stuff, and some Danish surplus that all work great.

    AIM surplus has 400 rounds of Korean M2 in an ammo can for $89 shipped.

    If you handload, stick to using IMR4895 or 4064 and use 150gr to 168gr bullets.
  3. hondo68

    hondo68 Well-Known Member

    Don't be TOO quick to hit the fireing line. Clean and lube everything real good, including the clip release button etc., and the inside of the tube where the spring rides in the operating rod. Enjoy!
  4. ACP230

    ACP230 Well-Known Member

    The CMP has just put commercial Greek 150 grain .30-06 up for sale. It is going for 400 rounds for $96 plus about $13 shipping.

    I haven't used it but I think someone posted that it is about as good as the Lake City 1966 that the CMP was selling a few years ago.
  5. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA Well-Known Member

    I'm reloading for my CMP M1........right now I'm getting some real nice groups using......

    Hornady 150gr FMJ/BT
    Remington cases
    47.0gr IMR-4895
    CCI 200 LR primers

    I aslo used some hunting ammo I had on had.....

    Hornady 165gr BTSP
    Winchester cases
    48.3gr IMR-4064
    CCI 200 LR primers

    If you are reloading IMR-4895/4064 are probably the best.

    150/168/172gr bullets all work well. Some people like to use military case as oppsed to commercial.......however, since I had a ton of commercial .30/06 brass.....that is what I used.

    You'll also hear alot about using CCI 34 (military spec primers) as opposed to the CCI 200 (or equal) because of "slam fires". I've always used CCI primers for all my reloading......and haven't had a problem.
  6. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

    Make sure any surplus ammo you buy is Boxer primed. (If you intend to reload for it later).
  7. Frohickey

    Frohickey Well-Known Member

    the only problem with the Greek ammo is that it is Berdan-primed, which means it would be difficult to reload. But its fine for shooting.

    i wonder if there is any chance of having the CMP start offering M14 rifles and receivers. And after that, M16 rifles and receivers. Might need to change Congress and maybe the President. :D
  8. Johnpl

    Johnpl Well-Known Member

    Go to jouster.com (click on the M-1/M-14 board) for answers to all your M-1 questions. They've helped me out so much. You learn alot just by reading the posts.
  9. DamnedDirtyApe

    DamnedDirtyApe Well-Known Member

    The best factory ammo I've tried in my Garand was PMC 150 grain FMJ's, which are said to be loaded to mil-specs.

    This reloadable ammo was cleaner/more accurate/better than the Danish mil-surp, and also WAY better than the Korean military goobage that's still floating around, even though it probably came from the same factory.

    Reloads: 47 gr 4895 or 50 gr 4064 under M2 ball 150 gr pulldowns that I bought from Wideners for $46.00 per thousand.

    The Garand is a VERY fun rifle to shoot. My SA was built in March/April 1944....truly a year to remember.
  10. David Wile

    David Wile Well-Known Member

    Hey folks,

    You can also use hard cast bullets in the Garand. I have two SA M1s and a Win-13 that all work real well with a 150 grain gas checked Loverin design cast bullet.

    Best wishes,
    Dave Wile
  11. othermarc

    othermarc Active Member

    mmmmm..... military surplus ammo .... glaahaagaahagghaa...

    keep an eye on http://natchezss.com/ and www.ammoman.com . when you see some military surplus, buy it. Picked me up 1000 rds Lake City and have never had a prob.

    Also... to start I bought 280 rd ammo can from CMP. Not sure if they still do that, but the ammo came on clips, which is pretty key.

    happy shootin':)
  12. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Southern Ohio Gun frequently has the danish Mil-Surp ammo already loaded in the Garand en-bloc clips. Visit the website


    or call 1-800-944-GUNS (4867)

    Right now, it is listed as $143 for 624 rounds, in bandoliers & clips.

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