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Posted: 9/13/2009 5:55:04 PM EST
I have an M1 Garand rifle in .30-06. What is a good powder? I like a full case rather than a half empty one in a finished cartridge.
Link Posted: 9/13/2009 6:23:43 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/13/2009 6:30:16 PM EST
IMR-3031 on the fast side.

IMR-4320 on the slow side.

FWIW, I use either IMR-4895 or H-4895 with my 147-168gr loads.
Link Posted: 9/13/2009 6:58:32 PM EST
As soon as Aloha Mark posts the singe page NRA recommended loads for the M1 could we please get it stickied?

I like 47 to 47.5 grains of IMR4895 with a 150 grain projectile. 47 for Lake city brass and 47.5 for commercial.
As always work up your own loads.
Link Posted: 9/13/2009 7:01:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/13/2009 8:17:15 PM EST by brentwal]
Make it sticky

M1 loads (Courtesy of the NRA)

Recommended .30 caliber M1 loadings from the NRA

All loads listed are max loads, reduce by 10% to start.

147 - 155 grain FMJ or HPBT bullets
IMR 3031 - 48.0 grains
IMR 4895 - 49.0 grains
IMR 4064 - 50.0 grains
W748 - 48.0 grains
AA2460 - 49.0 grains
AA2520 - 51.0 grains
AA2495 - 50.5 grains
H4895 - 49.0 grains
BLC-2 - 49.0 grains
H335 - 49.0 grains
RL-12 - 48.0 grains

165/168 grain FMJ, HP or SP bullets
IMR 4895 - 47.0 grains
IMR 4094 - 48.0 grains
AA2520 - 47.5 grains
AA2495 - 47.0 grains
H4895 - 47.5 grains
BLC-2 - 49.0 grains
H335 - 47.0 grains
RL-12 - 44.5 grains

173/175 grain FMJ or HPBT bullets
IMR 4895 - 46.0 grains
IMR 4064 - 47.0 grains
AA2460 - 46.0 grains
AA2495 - 46.0 grains
H4895 - 47.0 grains
BLC-2 - 48.0 grains

180 grain FMJ, SP or HPBT bullets
IMR 4895 - 43.0 grains
AA2460 - 46.5 grains
AA2495 - 45.5 grains
H4895 - 44.0 grains
BLC-2 - 47.5 grains
RL-12 - 41.5 grains


These loads only duplicate military spec. velocities for the given bullet weight, using commercial cases and powders. If you are using military cases, drop all charges by 2 grains.

If you are looking for accuracy, drop all charges by 1 grain and work up .2 grains at a time.

Additional M1 loads are listed in Hornady's 7th ed and Accurate 1st and 2nd ed handbooks

Link Posted: 9/13/2009 7:28:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/13/2009 7:31:09 PM EST by ma96782]
TripleDad has it on his post.......as the Alabama Service Rifle Team (link) or use the Mater Po (link).

Aloha, Mark

PS.........it's also on my "Gateway Tacked Threads."

Link Posted: 9/14/2009 3:49:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2009 3:50:04 AM EST by SteelonSteel]
Remember those loads are full military power.

I enjoy a somewhat lighter load.

Of course your mileage may vary.
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 6:34:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2009 6:41:26 AM EST by ma96782]
Originally Posted By SteelonSteel:
Remember those loads are full military power.

I enjoy a somewhat lighter load.

Of course your mileage may vary.

YES.........and then there is the "standard advice" about reducing loads to start and warnings/cautions about, switching components, military brass, bullets aren't all the same, etc..........

Not to mention that...........most will find that the most accurate, will more than likely NOT BE the "full power loads."

Then, as you pointed out...........YMWV. Some people expect to get superior results by just following someone's load data recipe.

Aloha, Mark

Link Posted: 9/14/2009 8:51:10 AM EST
I just did load development for my Garand this past week. I settled on 47gr of IMR-4895 under a 147gr pulled bullet in WIN brass and a Fed 210 (pocket to max depth). Shoots great and should also be somewhat easy on the rifle/brass.
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 8:53:10 PM EST
When you are done shooting those pulled 147s try some of the Golden West 150s with the same load. (I think you'll be pleased)
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 8:54:49 AM EST
Thanks for the replies.

I do want full power in the M1 rifle. If a rifle is going to be that heavy, then it should have some power IMHO.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:17:52 AM EST
IMR-4895. I use it in both my M1 and my M1A.

It has the correct pressure curve for those rifles.
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