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Old 01-18-2019, 04:12 PM
AdamF AdamF is offline
 
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Default Because not all .30-06 is created equal

Hi all, I was hoping to get some advice here. I have three retired military rifles chambered in .30-06 and am trying my best to consolidate ammo. I know the ideal answer here will be to reload my own, but I just haven't gotten there yet, so for now, it's off-the-shelf for me.

The rifles I own chambered in .30-06:
  1. M1 Garand (1944)
  2. M1917 (1918)
  3. M1903 (low-numbered receiver 1907)

-As for the Garand, I only shoot M2 ball surplus ammo. Once I run out of that, I'll only shoot off-the-shelf ammo that is M2 ball spec. I'm good here.

-As for the M1917, everything I've read indicates that modern loads are just fine. I've been shooting some Remington 150 gr. Core-Lokt with fantastic accuracy. I'm almost out of that and have a bunch of Winchester 150 gr. Powerpoint that I picked up on sale. I think I'm good here based on my research but anyone have a differing opinion?

Remington specs: Muzzle Velocity 2910 fps; Muzzle Energy 2820 ft/lbs
Winchester specs: Muzzle Velocity 2920 fps; Muzzle Energy 2839 ft/lbs

-As for the M1903, this is the one I'm least clear on. First, this is a low-numbered RIA receiver manufactured in 1907. I don't want to make this a "should I or shouldn't I" thread as there are plenty of those. Assuming that I am willing to shoot it, what ammo is appropriate? Even the M2 ball surplus that I have was made well after this rifle was introduced so I assume not to the same spec as in 1906. Am I good with modern off-the-shelf?

Thank you, all!
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:51 PM
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For the M1903 ……. whatever shoots the best......
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:53 PM
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If you have been shooting your 1903 for a while without problems any good surplus or commercial ammo will be fine. When I first shot my low # Springfield 1903 , ( before I read about the warnings) I was shooting Remington 220gr. soft point ammo. I never had a problem and I have shot hundreds of surplus, commercial and reloads through it. Eddie P.S. It also has a strait handle bolt.
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:19 PM
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You are good with modern off the shelf ammo of 180grn or less in all three.
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:29 PM
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Thanks, everyone! Sounds like the 1903 and 1917 are good with commercial ammo. I'll stick with M2 ball spec for the Garand.

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If you have been shooting your 1903 for a while without problems any good surplus or commercial ammo will be fine. When I first shot my low # Springfield 1903 , ( before I read about the warnings) I was shooting Remington 220gr. soft point ammo. I never had a problem and I have shot hundreds of surplus, commercial and reloads through it. Eddie P.S. It also has a strait handle bolt.
Just picked up the 1903 so haven't shot it yet. I plan to give it a good clean and lube today and will try to get it to the range this week (minus zero New England temps be damned).
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:51 PM
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I shoot nothing but M-72 National match in both my M1D and SA SG Garand's. 2640 FPS. with a 173 gr bullet. Price has not been that bad off of Gun Broker. Both rifles seem to like it very much.
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Old 01-22-2019, 06:21 PM
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Thanks, everyone! Sounds like the 1903 and 1917 are good with commercial ammo. I'll stick with M2 ball spec for the Garand.



Just picked up the 1903 so haven't shot it yet. I plan to give it a good clean and lube today and will try to get it to the range this week (minus zero New England temps be damned).
Don't be afraid to shoot "non-M2 ball" in the garand... plenty of better ammo in the 165-175 range that gives better accuracy than M2 ball.
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