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Old 12-23-2017, 12:19 AM
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Can’t find any M1 safe soft point ammo. Closest thing I’ve found is the Hornady AMAX Garand safe that is not what I’m really looking for. Anyone that does any reloading load any soft point Garand ammo for deer? If so anyone interested in selling a few enblocs of it?

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Old 12-23-2017, 09:25 AM
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I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but I bought PPU, 150 grain PSP, 30.06 ammunition and a non-adjustable gas plug. The PPU velocity is about 2900 fps. So it is above the M-1 Garand 2700 fps. threshold. I would imagine that Remington or Winchester will be about the same with their 150 grn. Regular PSP loads.

I know that I will probably get grief about it, but I like the idea of a little wiggle room with the non-adjustable gas plug, in my rifle it works just fine.

Many will say just shoot any regular ammunition through your rifle, that they have been doing it for years without issue, that it is not that many rounds, etc., etc...the point is, it is your rifle, not theirs.

It is up to you about the reloaded ammo thing. I will not use some one else's reloaded ammo. Both Creedmoor and Garandgear sell the non-adjustable gas plugs. They are not expensive. IMHO, it gives me peace of mind.

When shooting regular Garand safe ammo I just replace the plug with the original one with no problem at all.
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Old 12-23-2017, 01:36 PM
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If not hand loads for hunting, is there any M1 safe loads good for deer that won’t require a gas plug change? I’ve only ever shot M2 ball USGI/HXP and M2 AP USGI.
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Old 12-23-2017, 01:42 PM
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If you have at least minimal handloading equipment (and don't want to change out your gas plug), another solution might be to 'mexican match' your M2 ball ammo with the Hornady 150gr SP Interlock - should make for a good hunting load.
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Old 12-23-2017, 03:26 PM
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While I have not used any commercial ammo in my M1s I do remember a member who did extensive port pressure testing. IIRC, one of the commercial loadings that he determined to be M1 safe was the RP 150 Gr. Core-Locks.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Old 12-23-2017, 04:00 PM
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Long before I knew any better , I fired lots of Federal , Remington and Winchester 150-165*gr (did know that) pointed soft point ammo thru my 2 Garands. Used to buy it cheap during big box store pre-hunting season sales. Never broke or bent anything. Remington 150gr PSP Core-Lokts were my favorite bolt gun deer load too.

* USGI M2-AP bullets weighed about 166gr IIRC. US factories loaded it in Garand clips during the war so it must have been good to go.

Ya could also get an adjustable gas plug.

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Old 12-23-2017, 05:34 PM
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I use the Garand gear ported gas plug in my hunting rifle. With that in I shoot Federal premium 168ís and I donít worry about it.

http://www.garandgear.com/ported-gas-plug.html
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Old 12-23-2017, 06:03 PM
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Take a look at http://www.garandgear.com/m1-garand-ammunition then you can decide.
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Old 12-23-2017, 07:22 PM
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Privi soft point and a gas plug. Fire away.
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Old 12-24-2017, 11:15 AM
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While I have not used any commercial ammo in my M1s I do remember a member who did extensive port pressure testing. IIRC, one of the commercial loadings that he determined to be M1 safe was the RP 150 Gr. Core-Locks.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
While only anecdotal experience alluded to previously, 150 grain Remington Core-Locts are what I've used for 20+ years (just shot a big spike 2 weeks ago with a Garand). Great expansion on whitetails and accuracy, and trajectory very close to the HXP M2 ball, so sighting in is cheap. This choice was based on the advise of a M1 Garand expert shooter and gunsmith that I trust.

ETA - according to Garand Gear, it looks like pressure and impulse data fall within the M2 ball ranges, so should be safe for Garands even without a ported or adjustable gas screw.

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