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Posted: 10/27/2003 7:52:45 AM EDT
What is any one else achieving for muzzle velocity in their 06 garand with 168 gr. SMK?

My results were disappointing to say the least.
I am using RE15 powder. Even at 49grs. velocity was only 2550 fps. Sierra Says I should be getting closer to 2800 FPS with this load. Velocities were also very inconsistent. Extreme spreads of 100 fps were common at every charge weight from 46 grs-49grs. I am also using the m34 primers.

I am thinking of adding more powder(50grs.) or even changing poweders. I am considering Ramshot TAC and IMR 4895.
Link Posted: 10/27/2003 10:13:02 AM EDT
Powders for the M1 Garand are as followes: H4895, IMR4895, IMR4064, Varget. I'm not sure if the powder you are using has a burn rate that is within the pressure curve that is required in Garands...
Link Posted: 10/27/2003 10:17:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/27/2003 1:03:16 PM EDT
I am using all Lake City match brass. Headstamps are all 62. These are once fired cases. Originally fired in my Garand. Velocities were very consistent and pushing 2750 fps. All cases were full length sized and measured. The Sierra tech recommended RE 15 with this combo. He said that RE15 is in the correct burn rate range for the M1.

Shooting Danish ball, the velocities were very consistent from shot to shot. SD of less than 20 IIRC. Speed was 2830 fps.
Link Posted: 10/27/2003 3:19:35 PM EDT
Here's some NRA suggested M1 loads.

I've been getting good results using IMR4064.
Link Posted: 10/28/2003 6:27:02 AM EDT
Thanks for all the great data guys. I will try all of the above and report on my results.

Link Posted: 11/11/2003 4:57:24 PM EDT
what does M2 ball read out of your gun? There are many things that can effect velocity of a bullet.

I would stick with IMR 4895 or IMR 4064. I load 4064 with a 168 nosler balistic tip for deer hunting and get about 2 inches out of my rack grade win at 100 yards. It is the most accurate powder I have found for my m1s. You milage may vary.

For what it's worth, I haven't tried the varget, yet.
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