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Need ammo advice for Garand

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 7mmsavage, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. 7mmsavage

    7mmsavage Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    Chesterfield VA.
    I went out yesterday to try and find some ammo for the M1. I can usually find some kind of surplus at one of the local gun shops, but no luck this time. Finally, a guy at one of the stores, who seemed very knowledgable, told me I could use commercial ammo as long as I stayed under 150 gr. Everything I read about my Garand says use only military ball ammo, but I know that a lot of people handload too. My father and I and I are going shooting this weekend to celebrate fathers day, so I needed something quick, and bought a couple boxes of 147 gr. fmj. Does this sound OK to any of you Garand experts out there? Thanks
  2. Firehand

    Firehand Active Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    If I'm remembering right, M2 Ball pushed a 150-grain bullet at about 2900fps. So ammo about that spec or a bit below should be fine.

    Only place I've seen non-corrosive .30-06 ball for sale for a while has been CMP.
  3. Belgiboy

    Belgiboy New Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Check out sportsmansguide.com. It not going to be an immediate solution but they have '70s production 30-06 coming in soon, very reasonably priced and packed in stripper clips and bandoliers. I believe they are about $56 for 196 rounds but i don't know if it is corrosive or not. Personally I don't really care about that since i clean dilligently after every shooting session so I put in a sizeable order.
  4. Dr. Dickie

    Dr. Dickie Participating Member

    Apr 19, 2006
    Jacksonville Beach, FL
    I don't know about that. My understanding (limited as it is) is that the rate at which the powder burns is most important (although I do not know enough to state that the bullet weight does not effect it as well). The main problem with commercial ammo (as I understand it) is that the powder burns too slowly, and causes excessive pressure which can bend the op-rod. Get some expert advice on the ammo before you shoot it up.
  5. Swampy

    Swampy Active Member

    Apr 1, 2003
    SouthWest MO
  6. davera

    davera Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Auburn, Alabama
    Commercial ammo in a Garand

    I used a few boxes of Remington green box 150 grain in my Garand without many ill effects. But there are many threads and a lot of commentary in the milsurp forums about pressure curves and how fast the powder burns in addition to the bullet weight. Most of it boils down to non-magnum 30-06 in 150 grain bullets is ind of OK - until it isn't - and that could be sudden.

    When I was using the Remington ammo, I would get misfeeds where the round was literally bent. That suggested to me that maybe things were moving a little too fast and a little too hard for comfort.

    So, I installed a Schuster adjustable gas valve, tuned it for the Remington ammo I like and it works like a dream. No more bent rounds. It's easy to adjust and get tuned and with it installed you can shoot darn near any 30-06 you want.

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