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    Smile Ammo for an M1 Garand

    Good evening, guys!

    I've been contemplating the purchase of an M1 Garand lately and I was wondering what would be the best choice for ammunition. I've been told that commercial .30-06 (Federal, Winchester, et al) is too hot for a Garand and would cause accelerated barrel-wear. Is there any mil-surp .30-06 to be had, at least any apart from the corrosive South Korean stuff I've seen on Sportsmansguide and the like? What do the Garand owners here use?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance!


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    Default Re: Ammo for an M1 Garand

    This one is a no brainer

    http://www.odcmp.com/ammo.htm

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    Default Re: Ammo for an M1 Garand

    Quote Originally Posted by phillyd2 View Post
    This one is a no brainer

    http://www.odcmp.com/ammo.htm
    I was going to buy a big lot of that stuff myself as i figured it out to be about 5 cents cheaper per round then buying the components separately.

    However, you need to meet rifle elegibility for the CMP in order to buy ammo. Any easy club i can join to meet that criteria?

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
    Oh yes, thats how it starts. The road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Ronin View Post
    I was going to buy a big lot of that stuff myself as i figured it out to be about 5 cents cheaper per round then buying the components separately.

    However, you need to meet rifle elegibility for the CMP in order to buy ammo. Any easy club i can join to meet that criteria?
    Check the site, are you sure you need to meet rifle elegibility to buy ammo? I don't think so but if so, sign up with www.thegca.org for $ 25 per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SevenStringer View Post
    ...what would be the best choice for [M1 rifle] ammunition. ...What do the Garand owners here use?
    Corrosive ammunition doesn't have cooties, sevenstringer. It *does* mean you need to be judicious about cleaning, though.

    Classic Arms has Korean M2 ball here, scroll down near the bottom. J & G has some, too.

    The Korean stuff isn't bad, read this range report that describes it lot by lot. There are numerous reports (example) the Garand-packed ammo *is* corrosive, the non-garand clip packed ammo isn't corrosive.

    If the corrosive issue really bothers you, pull the bullet & powder out of a round, fire the primed case at close range into a sheet of bare (unpainted, unprotected) steel and check the steel about every other day. If both sides are oxidizing about the same (if at all), it's probably non-corrosive. If you see aggressive corrosion forming in a circular dot where you fired, its' corrosive (more).

    I've used corrosive-primed ComBloc ammunition since the 70s, it hasn't ruined a barrel yet. I do need to wash with a soapy solution along with bore cleaner, and keep an eye on the bore for a week or so after a trip to the range, but that's about it.

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    Default Re: Ammo for an M1 Garand

    Quote Originally Posted by phillyd2 View Post
    Check the site, are you sure you need to meet rifle elegibility to buy ammo? I don't think so but if so, sign up with www.thegca.org for $ 25 per year.
    Ok heres a little more info on this taken from the CMP E-Store.

    https://estore.odcmp.com/store/compa...gisterbenefits

    Quote Originally Posted by CMP E-Store
    Please note that some items require that a customer must first provide to the CMP proof of age, US citizenship, and membership in a CMP affiliated organization. These items include : all military surplus items, all ammunition, and special sale items that are offered to our membership only because of discounted prices or very small available quantity.

    PS: Thanks for pointing out the Garand Collectors Association, i might as well join as i want to get another M1 for a project/range beater as i am fairly meticulous about my Normandy Edition M1.
    Last edited by Agent Ronin; December 31st, 2006 at 10:12 AM. Reason: Typo correction

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
    Oh yes, thats how it starts. The road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think.

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    Default Re: Ammo for an M1 Garand

    Consider me corrected, thanks. FYI, I purchased cases of both the Greek & LC and they all go boom. The Greek comes in 8 round clips in bandoleers like God intended and the LC in 20 rounds per box. Some have had problems with the LC ammo fitting the Greek clips but I have not gotten that far yet.

    Order a few cases, the FedEx guy will hate you, I know mine does

    Joining GAC is worth the magazine alone if you are interested in M1's and dont forget, CMP M1 Carbines in 2007 !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyd2 View Post
    Order a few cases, the FedEx guy will hate you, I know mine does
    Hehe, i know my UPS guy hates me with a passion, last month i averaged about 2 packages a week. And then i ordered some KA73 ammo (for components) with a 50lb bag of corn cob media lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
    Oh yes, thats how it starts. The road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think.

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    Default Re: Ammo for an M1 Garand

    Quote Originally Posted by SevenStringer View Post
    What do the Garand owners here use?


    the south korean stuff, both the KA(korrosive ammo) and the PS stuff.
    just ordered 500 more rds of KA this morning.

    these rifles have already seen plenty of corrosive ammo, alittle more can't hurt it....with propper clean up.
    Last edited by brian; January 1st, 2007 at 01:51 PM.
    it's only metal, we can out think it....

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    Default Re: Ammo for an M1 Garand

    Milsurp, a lot, but I shy away from the corrosive KA stuff if I can help it. Mine's consumed copious quantities of Lake City and the Puson Korean stuff.

    If I've gotta use commercial ammo, I've found the 150 gr. Remington UMC --yellow box-- works best, followed by Federal American Eagle. Winchester White --the 147 gr.-- is total garbage; I refuse to use it at all.


    Best,

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