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.308 M14M1A recommendations please

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by flemball, Apr 24, 2007.

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  1. flemball

    flemball Member

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    Hello, I am loading for the Springfield M14M1A. Is there a classic load for this rifle? What are your favorite recipes for 1-casual target shooting; 2-serious match target shooting; 3-everyday fun shooting? Thanks.
     
  2. USSR

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    flemball,

    As I told you in another thread, the standard M1A load is a 168gr bullet over 41.5gr of IMR4895, in a LC case.

    Don
     
  3. cdrt

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    I'll second that. I use the same load for my M1 chambered for .308 and for the M1A.

    Navy Vet & SWIFT Boat OIC
     
  4. Peter M. Eick

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    If you use c-34 primers on the same load, back it down to about 39.5 or 40 grns. The c-34 is a magnum equivalent and you have to back it down a bit to maintain reasonable pressures.
     
  5. USSR

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    Peter is correct, if using the CCI #34 primer, lower the charge weight. However, you shouldn't be using the #34 primer with an extruded powder like IMR4895 anyways. Oh, yeah, but ATK (CCI) has everyone convinced that they will have a slamfire if they don't.:rolleyes:

    Don
     
  6. flemball

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    Thanks again USSR. Just thought I'd try a more specific thread than the one about brass cleaning.
     
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    For target shooting out to 600 yards, work up a load using 168 grain match bullets with a regular large rifle primer(CCI "milspec" #34 primers are a marketing thing) and IMR4064. IMR4064 gives more consistent accuracy than IMR4895.
    For target shooting past 600, use 175 grain match bullets with the same powder and primer.
    For fun shooting, use any good 165 grain hunting bullet with IMR4064. The .308 loves this bullet weight.
     
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    I shoot a 125gr TNT (IMR4895, LC case, WLR, 2.75") for short range (200yds and less) for competition and practice.

    For midrange and farther, I'd go with a 155gr (they can be hit or miss in a 1:10" twist) or a 175gr Sierra. The 168 works well, but every other appropriate bullet will hold better against the wind.
     
  9. Bad Flynch

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    My NM M1A really liked Sierra 168 grain bullets, in a military case, with WW748 ball powder best.
     
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    My NM M1A happens to like IMR 4064 as well. I also use bullets in the 165 to 168 grain range and for target work use Sierra Matchkings or Nosler match bullets.
     
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