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Remington 9 1/2 Large Rifle primers in a Garand.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ol' scratch, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone,
    I have decided to start loading 30-06 for my M1 Garand. I know about the 4895 powder, the issue with the op rods (bought an adjustable gas plug) and the tendancy of the rifle to slam fire on soft primers. I know everyone seems to like Winchester and CCI because they are hard, but I can't find any right now. I know that for a Garand I should avoid Federal because they are too soft. My question is can I use Remington Primers? I have at my disposal Remington Large Rifle primers. I just wanted to know if the Primers are hard enough for the Garand. I plan on loading a lot of Greek once fired brass with a head stamp of 1970. I have already sized it, trimmed it and cleaned the crimp out of the flash hole. I also have looked up reloading data in Hornady's Reloading book specifically for a Garand, so I know what velocities to shoot for.
  2. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Scratch: According to my records I have used both Remington and Winchester primers along with 4895 back in my DCM/CMP shooting days. Although Winchester primers were my first choice, I don't remember any problems with the Remingtons, nor do I have anything in my reloading notes regarding problems or failures. If the Remingtons are all you can find, why don't you load up a small batch of them and give them a shot(no pun intended). It is my feeling that you will have no problem with them.
  3. rg1

    rg1 Well-Known Member

    That's all I use for reloading for 3 Garands. Remington 9 1/2's are fine in your Garand and will cause no problems. Just as always, make sure primers are seated flush or below. I do like to use a primer pocket uniformer on all my Garand cases to make sure depths of the pockets are the same. I've had no problems with the HXP 70's brass. 46-47.5 grains of IMR4895 with the RP 9 1/2's shoots good in my rifles using either LC, RP, Win, or HXP brass. That's using 150 fmj-fb surplus bullets or Hornady's 150 fmj bullet.
  4. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member


  5. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Well-Known Member

    Great responses, thank you. How many reloads can I expect from a Garand using Greek brass?
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2009
  6. Noveldoc

    Noveldoc Well-Known Member

    Been reloading my Garand for months. I had trouble finding 4895 but Varget works fine.

    I have used the Remington primers with no problems.

    These days I use Wolf LR Magnum primers. They are a trifle oversized so require a firm hand to seat. But they stay seated even when the action slams. And they are thicker. I do not load over 90% of max with magnum primers.

    While you're at it, the op rod spring from Wolffs is cheap and very simple to install. My Garand, Pvt. Ryan, loved his new spring. I bet he'd had his old one since at least Korea.

    Last edited: Nov 8, 2009

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