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  1. M1 Garand Ammo Question

    Ok. I have a 1944 M1 Garand. I bought it about 15 years ago from the CMP. I break it out of the safe every so often to shoot it. I had a large supply of Korean era surplus ammo to shoot. Over the years that's gone. I am unable to find any more surplus and was told modern 30-06 ammo is to strong and will bend or damage internal parts of the gun. I don't reload. Any idea where I can find a less powerful load to shoot? Anyone know the specs of the Korean era ammo compared to modern 30-06 rounds?

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    I cannot answer the modern rounds vs period designed rounds, but GunBot has some ammo if you are interested.

    GunBot find 30-06 ammo in stock
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    American Eagle (Federal) makes 30-06 ammo specifically for use in the older M1 Garands...... Midway usually has some, although with the recent short comings on ammo....?

    also check out the following: http://www.hornady.com/store/30-06-1...MAX-M1-Garand/

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiroman View Post
    Ok. I have a 1944 M1 Garand. I bought it about 15 years ago from the CMP. I break it out of the safe every so often to shoot it. I had a large supply of Korean era surplus ammo to shoot. Over the years that's gone. I am unable to find any more surplus and was told modern 30-06 ammo is to strong and will bend or damage internal parts of the gun. I don't reload. Any idea where I can find a less powerful load to shoot? Anyone know the specs of the Korean era ammo compared to modern 30-06 rounds?
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  6. The CMP still has bulk cans of Greek surplus in 200 round ammo cans. You can also get a box of 25 clips to go with it the ammo was $98 and the clips were $25 the last I looked. I believe there is a slight delay in shipping but they will get it to you. The Greek ammo has a bimetallic jacket and attracts a magnet if that is a concern. The last time I was in Cabelas they had bulk cans of 500 rounds of reproduction M-2 for $399. The American Eagle works very well also. Neither the Cabela's bulk or the American Eagle ammo attracts a magnet.

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    Use American eagle in my 43 garand as well, Just bought 5 boxes 150 grn in Cabelas in Me. Hornady also makes a garand specific round in 168 grn with an A-max bullet.

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    CMP site showing Sales - Ammunition. $ 98.00 per 200 rds. NO clip included.

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    Stick with 147-175gr. bullets loaded with something like IMR4895 or IMR4064, and you'll be fine.

    The problem with Garands is shooting heavy bullets over slow powders, like IMR4350. It's not a matter of "power", but of pressure curve. Heavy bullets and slow powders bend the op rod.

    Most commercial 150gr. FMJ loads should be ok.

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    46gr of IMR 4064 with a Hornady 150 gr FMJBT



    Quote Originally Posted by Deanimator View Post
    Stick with 147-175gr. bullets loaded with something like IMR4895 or IMR4064, and you'll be fine.

    The problem with Garands is shooting heavy bullets over slow powders, like IMR4350. It's not a matter of "power", but of pressure curve. Heavy bullets and slow powders bend the op rod.

    Most commercial 150gr. FMJ loads should be ok.
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