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Posted: 10/15/2004 6:12:41 AM EST
Besides Springfield Armory (and their insane $1100 price tag) is there anyone making these or a good source for them? I was thinking of maybe getting a rack grade Greek M1 Garand from Cmp and trying to find the .308 barrel and whatever other parts are necessary (spacer for the clip, right?) and having someone rebarrel it. Seems like a cheaper route to go.

Any good gunsmiths who specialize in Garands or .308 conversions?

Thanks!

Dawg
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 6:57:07 AM EST
All that is required is a barrel change. The Mag block is just to idiot proof the rifle. It will function fine without it. I usually hear the name Champions Choice when people talk about .308/7.62mm conversions.
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 8:31:05 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 9:45:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By RS39:
Mine is from Jim Balogh at Black River Gunsmithing in Grafton, Oh. $799 and perfect! Wilson bbl, bullet guide welded on to keep 30.06 out, new wood, exc parts, new black oxide finish, 1.5moa on Aussie surp.



$799 for the whole rifle, or just the conversion/rebuild? Got pics and a phone/webpage for Black River?

Dawg
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 11:13:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 12:16:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/15/2004 12:18:38 PM EST by BillSP1]
I am a fan of the M1 rifle and have two of them. You could get a Rack Grade Greek for $295 and use it a s a basis for a conversion, but I think you would be better served by buying a Service Grade M1 (H&R Arms are often better loking) for $500 and leaving it as is (in 30-06). You will have a collectable original that should shoot very well with no further expense unless you feel compelled to seek more accuracy.

I don't really know why you would want to convert to 308 except for ultimate accuracy in a target M1. Is it so that you can shoot plentiful inexpensive 308 surplus ammo? I shoot either match quality hand loads or Danish surplus 30-06 (comes in M1 clips) in my M1's.

(Edited for sloppy spelling)
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 12:41:28 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 1:05:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By BillSP1:
I am a fan of the M1 rifle and have two of them. You could get a Rack Grade Greek for $295 and use it a s a basis for a conversion, but I think you would be better served by buying a Service Grade M1 (H&R Arms are often better loking) for $500 and leaving it as is (in 30-06). You will have a collectable original that should shoot very well with no further expense unless you feel compelled to seek more accuracy.

I don't really know why you would want to convert to 308 except for ultimate accuracy in a target M1. Is it so that you can shoot plentiful inexpensive 308 surplus ammo? I shoot either match quality hand loads or Danish surplus 30-06 (comes in M1 clips) in my M1's.

(Edited for sloppy spelling)



The second one- inexpensive shooter that can digest a lot of ammo, and that has ammo commonality with some other guns.

On the other hand, for the few hundred rounds a year maybe the cost difference in 30-06 vs 308 really isn't significant, plus the "collectibility" factor is a bonus. hmmm, more things to consider...
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 1:30:07 PM EST
raf: Yes that sounds reasonable indeed.

Dawg: My point exactly. If you get a DCM M1 and the barrel is shot out then a 308 barrel might be practical, but a used USGI barrel in 30-06 would be cheaper (at least from my gunsmith as his new barrels are all Douglas Precision target grade barrels).

I have a nice AZEX FAL that likes the Austrailian Surplus 7.62 NATO ammo and some older Brittish surp as well. 'Spose a Garand in 308 with that kinda ammo would be okay too. I went National Match with both my M1's and although they both have GI barrels same make and year as the receiver, they shoot real well and get treated well (only good ammo or match ammo, no rough handling).
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 1:41:40 PM EST
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