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Old 04-12-2012, 10:20 PM
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Default noodling around with starting garand and M1A loads

I shot a couple matches with the club and was impressed with the amount of M1as and Garands on the line. I had a CMP special Garand I bought in 2007 and I also picked up a NM M1A a few weeks back. I decided to noodle around with some loads to prepare for some garand matches, and I also checked out the velocities on some HXP Greek surplus CMP stuff. Here is what I started with...on the low side to be safe.

Burro 4/12/12 - 10 to 13.5 mph - 55 F ----chrony distance 8 feet to muzzle.

30-06 test Loads for Garands (slower powders) and greek/CPM chrony data

43.5 grains IMR 4895 - 168 Grain SMK - 2400 (fps), 2380, 2376, 2407, 2415

45.2 grains TAC - 168 Grain SMK - 2532 (fps), 2592, 2557, 2589, 2585

HXP (Greek CPM vintage) 2721, 2739, 2713, 2757, 2699, 2712, 2694

308 test Load for M1A (slower powder)

39.4 grains TAC 168 grain SMK M1A rifle 2414, 2336, 2452, 2414, 2429, 2407

The 168 grain SMK garand loads allowed for better groupings than the HXP, but all were shot off a bald eagle rest in windy conditions. Results vary depending on my bad habits and form.

I am going to crank the velocities up a bit and re-post the results in a month or two.
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