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Thread: M1 Garand and cast observations over 6 months

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    After shooting cast bullets out of my Garand for some time, I always scrubbed it out with chore boy, and it appeared clean from the muzzle. Recently, I bought a bore cam, and it showed that I was missing spots of leading in the bore, that scrubbing could not touch. I found that Lewis Lead remover system carries a 30/32 caliber head as well as the usual 38/357, 44 cal and 45 cal. After screwing it on a cleaning rod, and pulling it through the bore twice, it proved to be effective. Just trying to pass on some cleaning knowledge to you guys that don’t have a bore cam. Good shooting!
    I shoot so that I can handload.

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    Well, I used my load listed above for our local Cast Bullet Association military bench rest shoot yesterday......

    What a joke!!! What an embarrassment!!!!! It all went to Hades in a handbasket. Damn thing was landing them everywhere!!!! Back to the Drawing board. I didn’t even keep score after the first target. It was awful. Just used the rest of the rounds to try to make sense of what happened. Rounds landing everywhere. No rhyme or reason.

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    This thread finally got me off bottom dead center with my Garand. Had never reloaded for it but kept a boatload of Lake City brass I got from a bulk purchase of ammo at CMP many years ago.

    After loading up some 168gn Amax and getting decent results I moved on to the two cast bullets I use in my .308. The Acc 31-210E (Eagan copy) and the NOE 165XCB, both powder coated. For powder I am using IMR4166. That is the 'new improved' version of 4064.

    Both shoot really well, and probably would do better if I could see the bullseye better 2-3" with 35gn of powder driving the 210gn bullet. I size them at .210 and the nose at .302. The rifling just marks the powder coat on the nose section so the fit is pretty good. No velocity on it yet.

    The 165's do really well on 34gn. Just under 2000fps and also 2" groups.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigslug View Post
    Any data/observations with 311299's that have been lube sized and NOT powder coated? Intrigued, but not interested in painting bullets.
    I felt the same way until my daughter started dating a guy who powder coated. It was either start powder coating or not get to see my granddaughter so I gave in. Found out it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I still use lube on my Snider and Gibbs slugs so it still enables me to smell that sweet smell. Living the dream I guess you could say.

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    Not sure about the 311-299 bullet but I have a 311-199-SP-K5 NOE bullet. I couldn't get it to shoot out of a 1-12 twist .308 but I want to try in my Garand.
    Just curious about this bullet. I might try and powder coat and see if it will shoot. I have plenty of IMR 4895.

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    Well, y'all hurry and find out what works best, I just bought my new to me M1 yesterday.

    Slim
    JUST GOTTA LOVE THIS JOINT.

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    Bringing this back from the past!
    Hello all,
    Anyone else ever get a good load figured out? I think i have something with acme coated 155 grain and IMR3031. Sitting right around 1900-1950fps One big thing that helped was to 45-45-10lube the coated bullets. Zero leading now and a smidge more accurate.it cycles great to, once i figured out these things get greased not lubed. Just wondering where everyone else is at since this thread is a smidge old.

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    Who posted this? It wasn't me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newtire View Post
    I felt the same way until my daughter started dating a guy who powder coated. It was either start powder coating or not get to see my granddaughter so I gave in. Found out it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I still use lube on my Snider and Gibbs slugs so it still enables me to smell that sweet smell. Living the dream I guess you could say.
    Someone is posting using my name.

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    Maybe you forgot? It was a long time ago.

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    Lots of good info from everyone. Always learning even after shooting Garands for over 40 years.
    Thank you OP and contributors.

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    Good to see this thread revived. To those who have found M1/cast success, do you have any chronograph velocity data to go with these loads?
    WWJMBD?

    In the Land of Oz, we cast with wheel weight and 2% Tin, Man.

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    I don't even own a Gibbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigslug View Post
    Good to see this thread revived. To those who have found M1/cast success, do you have any chronograph velocity data to go with these loads?
    NOE 165 (XCB) 34.0gn IMR4166 1980fps
    ACC 31-210E 34.9gn IMR4166 1890fps

    Unfortunately it looks like that powder may not be made again.

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    Newtire- thats the one you sold to me for $25- I'll get over there one of these days to pick it up.
    Loren

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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