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Old May 27, 2015, 01:00 AM   #1
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Hornady FMJBT 150 gr in M1A

Just picked up a M1A, couldn't help myself. Anyways, I ran across some 150 Gr FMJBT Hornady Projectiles that I have. I have 8 pounds of IMR 4895 and want to know if there is a load or if these bullets are too light to shoot out of the M1A. I found some info, but it was for the Nosler E Tip and that is a totally different animal than the FMJ. I found my Speer book and they have a Speer 150 FMJBT and it calls for a minimum of 41 Gr and a max of 45 Gr. I want to load a few up and see how it does. Does anyone shoot these through their M1A's? Just wondering
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Old May 27, 2015, 11:38 PM   #2
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I load that same bullet with that same powder for that same rifle. To clarify, I load 42 grains of IMR 4895 under the Hornady 150gr FMJBT in LC cases using S&B LR primers. This is just a blasting load that shot well on paper for me. Make sure you know whether the data you are using references commercial or military cases.
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Old May 27, 2015, 11:50 PM   #3
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Too light?

The standard round for the M-14 rifle was the M-80 147 grain FMJ round.

Your M1-A is an M-14 without the full-auto capability.

So no, 150 grain isn't too light.

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Old May 28, 2015, 02:23 AM   #4
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That particular bullet is intended for the 7.62x51 aka .308.
The cannelure is positioned for the 7.62/.308.
However, my M1-Garand .30/06 likes them just fine seated to 3.250" over IMR4895.
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Old May 28, 2015, 02:46 AM   #5
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My M1A Match loves that bullet and powder and my standard M1A also likes it. When I carried the M14 in the Marine Corps, all we shot were 147 gr. bullets, even for qualifications out to 500 meters.

Hope this helps.

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Old May 28, 2015, 08:39 AM   #6
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I've had good results with that bullet and H4895 in milsurp cases. Mostly I load it for plinking/blasting purposes with Ramshot TAC. Best I can recall out of a PTR91 was just over an inch at 100 yards, which is on par with any other combinations I have shot from that rifle.
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Old May 28, 2015, 01:44 PM   #7
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I've used a lot of Hornady 150s in my '06 Garand and bolt action .308. I haven't been able to find an IMR4895 so I have been using IMR4064...
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Old May 28, 2015, 08:00 PM   #8
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I tested both the 150 Hornady and 155 Nosler match bullets with 42.5 grains IMR 4895, LC cases, CCI #34 primer. Both of these bullets will be just at 2700 fps, or a little under, in your M1a. I was surprised to have good groups at 100 yards with the 150 Hornady's, when I managed to hit a sweet spot. This load, 41.0 grains IMR 3031 with a 150 Hornady, shot like gang busters in my 308 Win bolt rifle. It will also do well, in a M1a, though it only shoots this well in the bolt rifle.

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