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M1 Garand build (parts expenses)

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by crazy4milsurps, Jan 31, 2012.

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  1. crazy4milsurps

    crazy4milsurps Member

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    If someone was to build a Garand by way of buy parts as he can afford them, what are the most expensive parts? If it is not too much trouble can you give me a list starting from most expensive to least? I guess just list the parts that are $100 plus to keep it simple and not so time consuming for those who are kind enough to help me.

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  3. Orlando

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    Fulton Armory is grossly overpriced, there are many better cheaper alternatives. In fact just about any vendor is cheaper than Fulton

    FYI, You will have many hundreds more in building a Garnd than buying one, even if you buy a barreled receiver and have no gunsmith costs
    Unless you are doing it for then fun it is not cost affective


    A good barreled receiver can run you $300.00- $350.00, trigger group $75.00- 80.00 commercial stock set with metal $150.00 , rear sight set $80.00 and you have as much as a good Garand can be bought for and you still have a bolt, front sight, Op Rod, clip latch ,pin, spring, follower rod, follower rod, follower/slide,bullet guide, op rod catch, pins, gas cylinder, gas lock , gas screw,Op Rod spring, headspace gauges or pay gunsmith to check headspace
     
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    +1

    No way can you build a Garand from parts for less or even the same amount a complete working one sells for.

    rc
     
  5. Orlando

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    I have built several but I have extra parts laying around. If I had to buy them I wouldnt consider it.
    CMP Service Grade $625.00, very nice Garand .
     
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    I wasn't planning it around saving money but more for buying parts as I can afford them as I can not afford to buy a complete rifle.
     
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    Heres a much better idea. Save your money and buy a complete rifle.
    While the Garand is a fairly simple rifle if this is your first Garand and have no working knowlege of it you really shouldnt jump into assemblying one.
    Why pay twice as much for samething that you can get completly built?
    Start a plan to save so much a week and stick to it no matter what. You will get there
     
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    CMP Field Grade or Service Grade...by far a better option financially than "building" yourself.
     
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    For the satisfaction of having done it yourself? I built my second Garand on a barreled receiver from CMP, and scored a parts kit for under $300.
    HRAGarandR.jpg
     
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    That is one NICE looking Garand! You must be very proud of that build.
     
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    Where can you find a parts kit today for under $300.00???? That is not todays normal prices
     
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    >>>
    I built my second Garand on a barreled receiver from CMP, and scored a parts kit for under $300.
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    Date this, please. Additionally, was your ME <3 and your TE <4?

    I bought 4 DLW's from the CMP back in the day for $295 a piece, that was at least 6 years ago if not more. Without the intention of rebuilding a rifle with non-CMP options (match prepped rifle, 308 Win conversion, 308 Win tanker, etc) there is no way it is cost-comparable to build a Garand vs. buy a Service Grade. Period.

    For that matter, that was then - it's even more out of line now. You can't TOUCH the CMP Service Grade offering without spending 50% more. The beat the heck $700 Garands I see for sale are going begging, even after having been marked down from $900. Do the maths.

    Regards,
    Brian in CA
     
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    I thought I could build a Garand cheaper than I could buy a complete one for. I started off with a barreled reciever for $150, but it turned out the barrel was worn out and would'nt headspace.

    Parts kits are scarce and paid over $300 for one, but the stock looked horrible.

    In the end I had to rebarrel it, replace the gouged stock, and buy a better bolt as the one in the kit was badly pitted. In all I spent right at $900 and I still haven't had it parkerized yet.
     
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