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Old 10-28-2013, 04:49 PM
Kablemodem Kablemodem is offline
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Federal (see CMP estore) and Privi (available at Widener's) make make specific M1 loads. They are not just 150 grain FMJs, but specifically loaded to match M2 ball performance, and the package states they are for the M1 Garand. Hornady made M1 Garand range ammo for the CMP, but that is no longer available. I would use a gas plug for anything else to be on the safe side.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by gardian47 View Post
I picked up some Remington 150gr core-lokt this weekend to shoot through my stock gas plug, well needless to say Only put a clip through it before deciding it was probably not a good idea. Most of the cases were ejecting at 12 o-clock and the recoil felt off. Going to get the ported gas plug as soon as I get some extra cash.
That's also what I observed. When your Garand ejects the ammo you are shooting in that manner, and doesn't Ball ammo, that's a sure sign the ammo is much too hot and the gas pulse is not right. That's a sign of excessive bolt speed. I scored for someone at a match shooting 150 CL Remingtons once and was sitting behind him. The concussion from the muzzle blast was bad, the recoil was beating him to death and the brass was beating me to death. You guys can shoot that stuff in your Garands if you so choose without some sort of modified gas plug but not me.

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Old 10-28-2013, 06:00 PM
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First off, the OP mentioned soft-point ammo for Hunting.

For me, that is maybe Ten (10) rounds/Season, including sighting-in.

I have had No Problem w/ the Remington Express 150gr Core-Lokt's in that application.

Secondly, I qualified my statement RE: PPU 165gr PSP-BT's w/ the statement that I "use and recommend the Ported Gas Plug". Yes, it is hot. It is also good hunting and mid-range ammo at a VERY good price.

And Lastly, the M1 Garand is a Ten (10) lb. rifle loaded... There is no such thing as a "recoil" problem w/ it. (Only maybe a manliness problem w/ the shooter. )

Thermonuclear 150gr .270Win loads out of my 8lb. M700? Even M2 ball out of my '03-A3 is a little... interesting. But the **********-cat M1 Garand? My Seven-year-old shoots it.

Suggest more field shooting and less bench-rest. (and maybe a little weight-training or PT)

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Old 10-28-2013, 06:06 PM
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Old 12-01-2019, 01:58 PM
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Default Ammo? To use or not?

Remington has a Core-Lokt 150 grain cartridge. This would be possible for shooting deer- maybe.

I'm using PPU for general shooting.

Any thoughts??

New to the M-1.
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Old 12-01-2019, 02:05 PM
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For sure. Many deer have been shot with 150gr out of a 3006.
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Old 12-01-2019, 03:26 PM
Bml Bml is offline
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This data from garandgear shows the M1 gas cylinder pressure and total impulse of Remington 150 corelok ammo is within the range of M2 ammo. This data is helpful for some people to feel comfortable shooting certain types of commercial ammo from their Garands.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:16 PM
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The issue here isn't necessarily the energy delivered to the shoulder, but the energy put into the gas system. Over gassing a Garand will eventually cause damage to the rifle. The Garand Gear gas plug looks like a good option for using some commercial ammo. I reload and put up a batch of potent 180gr loads for moose and larger black bear that suit the gas system.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:23 PM
Gunsling3r1988 Gunsling3r1988 is offline
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I shoot Remington core lokts in mine, I've fired 1000s of them without any issues.
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:37 PM
Jeremy2171 Jeremy2171 is offline
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Originally Posted by Slingha View Post
Does anyone know where I can order a box or 10 of M1 Garand ammo with soft points? Not having any luck. I wanted to take it out a few times deer hunting
Remington core-lokts 150gr are what you seek...they are completely fine to shoot in the garand with stock gas screw as pretty much all commercial ammo is.

To the poster saying they were ejecting to 12 o'clock.... that's pretty much where they are supposed to go with a stock screw.
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