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Posted: 10/19/2003 3:51:55 PM EDT

I bought an M1 parts kit recently. Most of the parts are in good shape but the barrel is completely shot out.

Is there a way to restore or otherwise refurbish an M1 barrel? I didn't pay much for the parts kit, so if I have to replace the barrel I will still come out ahead.

Link Posted: 10/19/2003 6:22:38 PM EDT
There is no way that I know of. Even if it could be done the economics would not make sense. You can get almost new barrels from CMP for $80 bucks. New barrels from Midway and Brownells are under $200. Get a barrel block, rcvr wrench and pull thru reamer and you are in business. Good Luck. Joe
Link Posted: 10/19/2003 7:46:07 PM EDT
Send it to Champions Choice. 615-793-4066

They will install a new 30-06 or .308 barrel for only $210.

That is parts and labor. You can't beat that deal.

I would advise the .308 barrel. Ammo is half the price of 30-06.
Link Posted: 10/19/2003 8:30:43 PM EDT
Wilson barrels are available at $129-$159
They were short chambered so a gunsmith can headspace to any bolt.

I was charging $50.00 to install and headspace to the receiver.You don't need to send it off for a new barrel but if you do,I hear that Orion does nice work.

I would also go with the 308cal.
I've seen these barrels on GunBrokers.com as well.

HTH
Link Posted: 10/21/2003 3:45:39 AM EDT
If you're going to shoot this rifle a lot get the barrel chambered for 7.62mm NATO, using the M14 chamber specs. Good surplus 7.62mm NATO is often available for a dime a shot, vs. a quarter or more for .30-06. I had a T26E1 "tanker" made up by Smith Enterprise with this chamber and she's a great little rifle.

".308" is too general. If the chamber is cut to minimum SAAMI specs it'll have function problems in field firing, hence the recommendation for the M14 chamber spec.

7.62mm and .30-06 are functionally the same: same weight bullet going downrange at the same velocity. 50 years of powder technology allows for a much smaller case.

- Chuck
Link Posted: 10/21/2003 3:25:38 PM EDT
A little off topic, But does anyone make a Chrome line .308 barrel for the Garand?

Can an M14 barrel be adapted to fit the Garand?
Link Posted: 10/22/2003 6:44:17 AM EDT
Answers:

1. nope
2. nope
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