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Been on my list a long time but availability, affordability and cash on hand never hit at the same time. An older friend decided he wanted to thin some of his guns in case something happened to him. He did not elaborate and I did not ask. He will say when ready. He had this Garand he wanted to sell and would I be interested. I visited him and the rifle followed me home.
It is a Springfield Armory M1 Garand of 1951. This also is my birth year which is a bonus. So now am learning about the rifle in detail and will plan on shooting it when outdoor ranges get warmer and rain is not so frequent. Is there a recommended commercial ammo that would not be too high pressures for the Garand? Appreciate any info that would help me get started. This has been a dream that is finally fulfilled. He is coming over this weekend for a grand barbecue as I got it for less than $1,000.
The bore is at .302. Overall mechanically is sound and the stock has character.
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Congratulations.
It looks like a nice rifle, and the price is right.
Gee, if we would have known what we know about them now, we should have bought them back in the 1970's or 80's when they were only $79.

Hindsight!

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Gregory
 

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Hey Jeep,

Great score!

There are a couple (as I load my own, do not pay mind) of "Factory Offerings" for Garand "specific" ammo.

The Schuester Gas Plug can be of great help....both for the gas system/op rod and for accuracy...

Later, Mark
 

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I use the surplus Greek ball ammo from CMP, free shipping. I am a member of the GCA (Garand Collectors Association $25 a year dues) which allows me to makes purchases at CMP. A few purchases a year with free shipping makes the $25 worth it to me.
Thanks, will look it up.
 

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Glad you scratched that Garand itch. Federal markets some .308 under the American Eagle name that states it is for the M1A and I think I have seen some labeled specifically for the M1. The box I have is 168 grain OTM, but I have seen some that is 150 and/or 155 grain. I believe black hills produces some Garand ammo as well and there stuff is top notch.
 

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Glad you scratched that Garand itch. Federal markets some .308 under the American Eagle name that states it is for the M1A and I think I have seen some labeled specifically for the M1. The box I have is 168 grain OTM, but I have seen some that is 150 and/or 155 grain. I believe black hills produces some Garand ammo as well and there stuff is top notch.
I did find some Sellier Belliot at LGS 150 gr for 15 a box of 20. That will get me started and let me look around. Thanks.
 

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Very nice M-1! Glad you got the opportunity to purchase something you always wanted, and at a great price also. Enjoy!:)
 

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Great rifle! From the pictures and your description, you've bought a nice service grade rifle.
Most all commercial hunting ammo is simply not safe w/ a M-1 Garand due to much to high port pressures that will overdrive the operating system. Over time this will damage various parts. You will be well advised to buy a Schuster Gas Plug and follow the very simple directions. This will allow you to safely use common commercial ammo. Sincerely. bruce.

Here is a link to an article that specifically addresses concerns about port pressure w/ common types of commercial ammunition. Testing demonstrates that there are particular types of commercial ammo that are entirely fine to use in the M-1 Garand. Take a look at the information: http://www.garandgear.com/m1-garand-ammunition

Here are a few links that you might find useful.

About Your Hosts of "The M1 Garand Rifle An American Companion In Three Wars"
Orion 7
GCA
The Civilian Marksmanship Program
Fulton
Tony Giacobbe - M1 Garand Specialist
Dean's Gun Restorations
Garand Collectors Association
Nicolaus Associates
 
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