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Old 02-13-2017, 08:13 PM
Jhuppdog Jhuppdog is offline
 
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Default Looking for Some Advice on (3) HRA Garands

Over the past year and a half I have (3) HRA Service grade garands and I am looking for a little advice.

(1) Serial #46811XX New CMP wood Receiver leg is etched SA 12-64 SA 2-55 barrel - TE 2 ME 1 Postwar SA bolt SA op-rod Mixmaster SA trigger group
(2) Serial #56040XX Appears to be HRA stock with cartouche HRA 4-55 barrel punch mark in P on barrel TE 2 ME 1 HRA Op-rod HRA trigger group
(3) Serial #57481XX New CMP wood LMR 2-55 barrel punch mark in P in barrel TE 2 ME 2 SA Bolt HRA Op-rod IHC trigger group

What are your thoughts on these? Is anyone more desirable than another or are they all just your basic mix master garand?

I have read that ones in the 4.6 mil range are harder to find but the one I have was rebuilt and rebarreled by Springfield. The other two appear to have original barrels.

As you can tell I am fairly new to the garand world and I am always trying to learn.

Thanks for any help or insight
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:16 PM
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I would be looking hard at the second rifle ... 56040XX.
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:38 PM
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4.6 millions are hard to find, but as a rebuild it is more of a curio, unless it has an etched receiver leg, LEAD for instance. If it is marked, it does have added value for those who collect rebuilds.

5.6 millions are the most commonly shipped HRAs from the CMP, so while it sounds very nice, it is not especially rare and there are many equally nice examples out there. I have 18 of them.

5.7 millions are not seen nearly as often as the 5.6's, which makes them a bit more desirable.

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Old 02-13-2017, 09:57 PM
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Default 5.74M rifle

For some reason, I have only seen a handful of 5.74M rifles, and the LMR barrel on it is nice, too. That would be the one I saved for me.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:24 PM
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For some reason, I have only seen a handful of 5.74M rifles, and the LMR barrel on it is nice, too. That would be the one I saved for me.

I'm surprised that the 5.74's are considered to be scarce:



I had a third 5.74, but it was a Field Grade and was not up to standard. Barrels on all three were LMR: 2X 5-55 and 1X 6-55.
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Old 02-14-2017, 12:09 AM
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I don't know that 5.7 are any more rare than 5.6 HRAs. Both of the HRAs I got from the CMP were 5.7 million.

I am partial towards original barrels, so I would be more interested in the last two and If choosing between them, I would lean towards the 5.6 million, just because the barrel is showing a little less wear.
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Old 02-14-2017, 01:41 AM
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The three listed rifles all have some interesting characteristics. The 4.6 isn't a real early 4.6 and it's a rebuild(that's what make it interesting to me). The 5.6 is the one that seems "original", but there is a ton of 5.6's. The 5.7 is interesting(and probably original) because it was at the end of the HRA contract. They grabbed what they had on hand. 1952 barrels and parts from other contractors. That IHC trigger group might be "correct" for the period. I'd take the 5.7 in a heartbeat.
Here's a snippet of HRA's in that group. A little early for the '52 barrels.

5,747,477 Kradshust CMP BA4 8-65 LMR 8-55**
5,747,873 5-55 LMR BA4 8-65**
5,749,666 5-55 LMR SA4-66** Jeff bought

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Old 02-14-2017, 06:30 AM
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Each has it's own unique advantages and value. one 60's rebuild, one substantially correct, and one late serial number with LMR barrel.

Treat each of them as special. Because they are.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:45 AM
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Thanks everyone for the information. I think each one have different aspects that make it just as interesting as the other. I planned on keeping each one but it may be necessary in the future to part ways with one and I am trying to figure out which one.

For those that have HRA's with LMR barrels. Is the Parkerizing color different on the receiver than it is on the barrel? My HRA that has an LMR barrel has a greenish receiver and a darker colored barrel.
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Old 02-14-2017, 06:57 PM
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MTC29 is right. Not many 4.6 and 5.7 rifles sold by the CMP. I have look at many, many HRAs at the NS and most are 5.6 rifles, followed by 5.5 and then 4.7. Hardly ever see 4.6, 5.4, and 5.7 HRA rifles at the NS.
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