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Old 12-24-2017, 11:37 AM
superdave269 superdave269 is online now
 
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Interesting subject. I mostly reload match type ammo. I load 308, 30-06 and 300 WM all with Hornady 168 gr match projectiles. they are accurate but the copper is not designed for penetration(hunting) I also load a few of each of these calibers with 150, 165, 190 SPBT for hunting.
Perhaps you can have someone close to you simply pull the 150 ball projectiles out and replace with something that will be better suited for hunting big game. (Soft point 150 or 165 projectile) When I reload for hunting I try to recreate original pressures for the 7.62 or M2ball (garand ammo) but with a soft point hunting projectile.
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Old 12-24-2017, 06:16 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.
I have heard the same thing about 150 Gr core lokt's. That they were safe to shoot thru a Garand. If so they are really ******-kickers. I use 150Gr round nose core lokt's in my 270 and they do a number on a deer. They drop in their tracks.You'd probably would want to use the 150Gr pointed bullet for the M1.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:47 AM
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I just pulled the bullets on 60 rounds of Garand ammo and neck resized the cases and put in Remington 150gr. core lokt bullets in their place. They work great and shoot better than any Garand ammo I have. Never took the powder out of the brass.
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:04 PM
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I remeber once looking for Garand-specific soft points but never found any. In the Dallas area, many public ranges prohibit FMJ, which is why I was looking for soft points. Anyway, I bought the garandgear ported plug to shoot commercial 150 grain soft points. On occasion, thereíll be a failure to feed, which I assume may be due to short cycling. But for the most part, Iíve had no problems.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:18 AM
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Broken record time:

I have used the Remington 150 gr core-lokt. Works well.

I have never used a ported or adjustable plug with either. Nothing broken or bent here. But.....it's not my usual blasting ammo either.

I usually shoot a box or two of it a year shortly before hunting season opens to zero my rifle to that ammo just in case I want to use it, or the Garand. Which I rarely do, and my next shooting session after hunting season is over, is back to my handloads, or M2 spec ball ammo.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:58 PM
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All I can add to the above is buy the core lokt soft point. Pointed soft point will kill, but blow up on hitting shoulder bone and waste meat.
150gr. is fine with a GI plug, but with the Garand Gear plug, I shoot 180 gr. and heavier for larger animals in Maine.
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Old 01-06-2018, 01:57 PM
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https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/r...custom-lite#!/

How about this stuff? Should be plenty mild for an M1, only question would be if it cycles the action. Remington offers a load with similar specs using the 125 core lokt.

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Old 01-06-2018, 02:10 PM
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I don't see a few rounds of 150 grain hunting ammo a year hurting your Garand. However, I doubt Remington loads every lot of core-lokt with the same powder. Just because one lot pressure tested within M2 specs doesn't mean you can assume all lots do IMHO. Just food for thought.
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Old 01-07-2018, 07:50 PM
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The Remington 150 Grain core-lokt is so close to military loading it's not funny.

Not only in 30-06. But the 308 Win is so damn close to M80 ball it's not funny. POI doesn't even change.
Both the 30-06 and 308 have been this way for years.

It's kinda nice. Because if a store only has a little bit of ammo. It's usually core-lokt 150s!

Just make sure you AVOID AVOID AVOID the 180 grain stuff. That stuff is a riffle wrecker
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:42 PM
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The Remington 150 Grain core-lokt is so close to military loading it's not funny.

Not only in 30-06. But the 308 Win is so damn close to M80 ball it's not funny. POI doesn't even change.
Both the 30-06 and 308 have been this way for years.

It's kinda nice. Because if a store only has a little bit of ammo. It's usually core-lokt 150s!

Just make sure you AVOID AVOID AVOID the 180 grain stuff. That stuff is a riffle wrecker
Just curious where you are seeing 180 great ammo wrecking rifles? Never heard of them wrecking rifles. There's always talk about the op rods bending on commercial ammo. I'd be interested in reading about wrecked rifles using 180 great bullets.

Anyways, read this

http://www.garandgear.com/m1-garand-ammunition

Should answer your questions. I'd at least buy a gas plug to be on the safe side.

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