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Old 11-15-2015, 09:14 PM
Fragger55 Fragger55 is offline
 
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Hi all,
I'm in the process of buying a Springfield 1903 rifle and have a question about the ammo I can use. I know with my Garand I need to stick to 150 grain bullets to be on the safe side. Are there restrictions for the Springfield rifles too?
Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:26 PM
Ansirem Hunter Ansirem Hunter is offline
 
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The reason for the garand ammo is because the gas system of the garand handles the m2 ball pressure curve. Newer 30-06 has different powders and burns differently and can cause damage to the op rod. For your question however, I believe the 1903 will eat anything commercial fine. To the best of my knowledge there are no issues with ammo. Now the low number debate is another thing if you have that can of worms too!
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:32 PM
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Thanks for the response. The 03 will be a serial # high enough to be a shooter. Just curious before I buy ammo for it. Cabelas has Herters 180 grain for $14 a box.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:37 PM
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You'll feel the heavier weight bullets in your shoulder more than the M2 rounds but pretty much any commercial loading is just fine.

Just FYI, see what yours likes before you buy a lot. One of mine does not like heavy bullets, prefers 150-155gr. The other likes the heavier 175ish gr bullets.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:49 AM
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For what you will be spending for ammo, you can get started handloading. Buy some HXP from CMP or some 30-06 brass and a starter reloading kit. Getting free of the commercial ammo will be worth it many times over. Good Shooting....
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:07 PM
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Buy HXP from CMP...best deal around!!
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:54 PM
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The HXP M2 from the CMP is a good value, however, if I was starting out and looking for brass for a bolt gun, I would suggest either USGI or even the PPU stuff made today. Some of the HXP M2 (1977 in particular) has a long shoulder length and can be very difficult to chamber. This even continues after full case resizing. Don't get me wrong, the HXP M2 is good ammo and I use it all the time in my Garands. All my 30-06 bolt gun shooters have Criterion barrels with minimal headspace and they chamber the HXP with a lot of resistance. Even the ones with GI barrels don't like to swallow it easily.
Just my opinion.
Mike.
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:54 PM
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I have several bolt guns (M1917, SA & RA 1903, 03A4) and all have GI barrels and only one is a bit tight with HXP and only after firing. I believe its the Remington 03. Otherwise they all like it just fine.
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:04 PM
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While it is certainly true that some HXP rounds can run oversize and cause chambering problems in some rifles--this problem is completely solved after a proper full length sizing. There is no reason that the original (excessive) case dimensions would affect properly resized case dimensions. I consider HXP brass to be of good quality.....not Lapua or Norma, but fully as good as LC or most comercial brass. Good Shooting....
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Old 11-18-2015, 01:03 AM
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My Remington 03 is also tight on some HXP ammo not of it.
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