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Thread: M1 Carbine cases

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    Boolit Master

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    Right now, I have only 3 carbines, but I've had as many as 14 at one time and used the same reloaded ammo in all of them. As long as the case was within spec for case length, there was no problem in any of the carbines. I didn't even have any problems with cases that were a bit short since with the tapered case, the cartridge will often not reach the front of the chamber before the sides of the case stop it. The only "problem" I ever had was with one particular Saginaw that must have had a rough gas port. It would accumulate lead in the piston chamber and needed to be cleaned every 3-4 hundred cast rounds. None of the other carbines that I've owned ever had that problem. I should note that I've owned and shot 28 of them including a full auto M2. And yes, I even shot cast in the M2 without problems.

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    I am no expert cuz my Ruger BH with the 7.5" tube eats any .30 carbine round that fits into it's chambers. I bought 500 new cases frm Starline and many of them have over 25 reloadings on them. I have yet to toss one of those cases unless I goofed the process badly. However that is one LOUD GUN!
    Pax Nobiscum Dan (Crash) Corrigan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_Corrigan View Post
    I am no expert cuz my Ruger BH with the 7.5" tube eats any .30 carbine round that fits into it's chambers. I bought 500 new cases frm Starline and many of them have over 25 reloadings on them. I have yet to toss one of those cases unless I goofed the process badly. However that is one LOUD GUN!
    Uh.........ear plugs?

    Seriously, my favorite load these days is 11 grains of 2400 under a 130 grain gas checked boolit. VERY reliable and accurate as all get out in my IAI repro carbine.

    I've owned several carbines over the years, including one with a weird "switch" near the receiver ring.....one of the major reasons I took up reloading. Anyone remember "The Enforcer"? A carbine cut down to form a pistol.....I had that thing long enough to fire a full 30 round magazine and decided it was a novelty and nothing more. Sold it.
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    I had some steel case WW2 carbine ammo. Fire the ammo & leave the cases. While you can reload them, they like to stick in the chamber with out some kind of varnish/ lube on them.

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    Steel cases are very hard on carbine extractors. Those sticking cases will often break the edge on the extractor causing extraction/ejection problem and making replacement of the extractor necessary. Even the soft steel cases made for the military during WWII were only allowed to be used for stateside training for that reason. I recommend not shooting any steel cases unless you have a junk carbine and don't mind buying and replacing extractors.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check