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Old 05-18-2022, 09:54 AM
GuckyMuckster GuckyMuckster is offline
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Default Soft Ponts in M1 & M1A?

Quick question for you guys. Iím looking at using 150gr soft points for the M1 and M1A. Thought process is that I can use this for practice at 100yrds. Has anyone used soft points before? Do they get caught on the feed ramp and not feed? Thoughts?

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Old 05-18-2022, 10:09 AM
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When I first got my M1A almost 30 years ago I used some soft points. While at the range a ceasefire was called. Ejected what was in the chamber and found the soft point looked like the top of a Dairy Queen ice cream with a curly tip. After seeing that I thought this can't be good for accuracy and never used again. I've thought neither a Garand or M1A had a true feed ramp. While using soft points they never gave me a problem feeding....
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Old 05-18-2022, 11:38 AM
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They work fine. Banged-up tips don't affect accuracy as much as you might think, especially at 100 yards.
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:50 PM
Moneek Moneek is offline
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I've loaded softpoints and fired them from my Garand. Ends do mush, but mine didn't jam. I didn't notice any adverse impact on accuracy - but that was early in my Garand shooting life - I might be a better shot now . My use of softpoints was because I was shooting steel targets. I now use hollow points for steel (they don't mush).
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Old 05-19-2022, 08:55 AM
la Fiere la Fiere is offline
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Years ago I used commercial PPU 165 grain soft point loads in my Garand with no issues. They were surprisingly accurate albeit a little bit "hot".
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Old 05-19-2022, 01:14 PM
Rich/WIS Rich/WIS is offline
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Shot the Hornady 150 gr spire points for hunting, fed okay and were as accurate as I was. Never checked if tips deformed when cycling.
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