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Preferred M1 Garand Loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Havok7416, Jan 20, 2013.


Which bullet weight do you use?

Poll closed Feb 19, 2013.
  1. 150-155

    25 vote(s)
  2. 165-168

    11 vote(s)
  3. 170-174

    2 vote(s)
  4. Other

    0 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    Looks like most are using the traditional weight bullet.
  3. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Not sure how much help my info was, I shoot them from 147gr FMJBT's to 174gr FMJBT's.

  4. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. USMAGator

    USMAGator Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    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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