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M1 Garand FMJ Bullets Suggestions

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ali9cg8, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. ali9cg8

    ali9cg8 Active Member

    Hello all,

    May I just start by saying that everyone offered such excellent advice and helped to explain the technicalities of the importance of taking on this specific load. Invaluable information and many thanks.

    After weeks of working the ins and outs and throwing a million practice charges, I was really pleased with the results at the range. Did the post-it note test offhand with a sling at 200 yards and headed home a pretty happy camper.

    I started off with the wonderful Sierra 168 MK and that is such a great bullet, but my indoor range will only allow FMJ's for centerfire rifles. Fine, I can work with that...it's really freaking cold.

    Finally the point to all this: does anyone have recommendations for a cost-effective range bullet (max of 100 yards)? I've heard the Hornady 150's are a great for the wallet, but any other thoughts? My M1 is a NM, so not sure if that will make any difference in my bullet choices or not.

    Thanks to all of the handloading mentors here!
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Right now today with the hording in full swing?

    Any .30 bullets you can find for sale & in stock are the best bullets.

  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Even though they are almost impossible to find these days I like the 150gr surplus M2 bullets for range practice. They are fairly accurate but of course not as good as a match bullet but close enough. They cost a lot less than name brand bullets too. (usually $92/500 @ Widener's)
  4. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Some folks over on the CMP forum have good luck with 110 grain and 125 grain 30 cal bullets in the Garand out to 200 yards. Wind takes over beyond that.

    But, I suspect they are in short supply as well these days.
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Bayonet with a buttstroke finish and then maybe yell "bam!".
  6. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    Since the M1 was developed around the 152 gr. M2 bullet, most any bullet in that range will work. All my Garands shoot best with bullets in the 150 gr. range.

    Nosler makes an excellent 155 gr. bullet in .308, if you can find them.

    Hope this helps.

  7. jr_roosa

    jr_roosa Well-Known Member

    Hornady 150s are ok and reasonably priced. Cannelure is in a funny spot but that's ok.

    Sierra 150 game king fmjbt is one of the most accurate bullets in my m1 I have found. They shoot as well or better than matchkings.


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