Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hand loading for the Garand....

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Doing some research on this topic. The M1 Garand is a fussy critter, compared to most 30.06 rifles. The wrong load can actually damage the rifle.

Going through my handloading library, which is fairly... extensive.... I find almost nothing on the topic. Even Ken Waters skipped right past it.

I'm sensing a post opportunity here.....


9 comments:

Peter said...

There's a lot of information online:

https://www.google.com/search?q=reloading+for+the+m1+garand

Carteach0 said...

Correct Peter, and thank you for the link.

I have been looking at the information found on-line, and it's useful. That said, it's almost all done in the form of somebody asking for help, and someone else chiming in with 'the load they have been using for 20 years'.

I'd like to find a good article on the how's and why's of hand loading for the Garand, with everything I need to know in one spot. Failing to find it, perhaps I should write it?

Roger said...

A good starting point is US Army field manual 23-5 for handling, etc of the Garand.
NRA magazine article on reloading the 30-06 with a section specifically on the Garand dated Nov. Dec. '94,
Zeroing the Garand, NRA magazine Feb,97.

I have all this stuff, I can loan it to you if you promise on your mothers grave to copy and then return it.

Carteach0 said...

Roger, thank you for telling me about those resources. You can bet I will look them up pretty quick.

As for borrowing them... not a chance in hell. I know you mean the best, and I appreciate it to no end. On the other hand... I know myself well, and I WILL find a way to screw that up.

Better I find my own copies :-)

Old NFO said...

Working up a load for the M-1 is a challenge, especially since you want it to be a bit 'softer' than normal in 30-06 to keep from beating the oprod/bolt interface up!

Carteach0 said...

NFO, that is what I read, and it makes sense. I'll start off shooting the Greek HXP surplus, but that will go quickly. After that...

I will have no trouble working up a good moderate load. I may install a Schuster adjustable gas plug as well, to help tune the old beast. It's reported to be quite effective, and doesn't alter the rifle at all.

Roger said...

Carteach0;
Go to:

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/RogerS_photo/M1loadpage001.jpg

For an excellent start point for your reloading for the M1 Garand.

You may need to expand it a bit for legibility but the needed start info is there.

Roger



http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/RogerS_photo/M1loadpage001.jpg

Bob said...

Hope you saw this cautionary tale at Uncle's:

http://wmearl-justthelibrarykeeper.blogspot.com/2012/01/was-going-to-talk-about-ruling-elite.html

Carteach0 said...

Bob,

Yes, I saw that. Amazing video.

I have contacted the young lady and am hoping to get the whole story. It would be a good thing to post, so we can all learn from it.