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Old 10-24-2009, 11:08 AM
JimScharf JimScharf is offline
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Location: Fremont, Ohio
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The guys are right, standard full length dies will give you safe, reliable handloads for the M1. Having said that, I use small base dies. I own standard full length sizing dies in both Lee and RCBS brands. I have done a great deal of experimenting and I now use the Redding small base sizer and Forster Bonanza bullet seater for all my M1 handloads.

I own 49 M1 rifles. In most of them there is no difference in accuracy. But in a few of them, the small base dies make more accurate rounds. In none of my rifles have I found the regular dies to be better. Overworking the brass is not an issue as I only fire a brass case four times. I have found that after four firings case neck tension starts to become less than uniform and accuarcy suffers.

For an interesting read, try the following link. It deals with the M14 type rifles but is just as applicable to the M1.

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Old 10-24-2009, 08:57 PM
cooldittos cooldittos is offline
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Thanks for your informative replies. I'll use full-length dies.

Just got my reloading bench set up today - can't wait to get started!
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:09 PM
hamourkiller hamourkiller is offline
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Location: Dayton Texas
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I load for 2 M1 Garands (Soon to be 3 as my nephew just got his SG SA). I also load for a Remington 7400 in 30-06.
It too dines on Garand safe reloads, if you put the slow powders in, it just pulls the case rim off!
The 7400 requires SB dies, so rather than segregate my semi auto reloads, I use a common 165gr IMR-4064 load for hunting and resize all my cases in the RCBS SB dies.

The Small base dies fit my situation better than regular dies, thus I use them.

Have fun reloading and shooting!
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:48 PM
musketjon musketjon is offline
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SB is not necessary but I've read other threads/forums where the SB shot smaller groups than the regular FL sized brass. Go figure?
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