Had to break out the old War Horse

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  1. R9S19

    R9S19

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    Needed to let her breathe today. I’ve been her proud owner since 2006. The receiver is July 1943, barrel is 1953, and the guts are all 1943. While some pieces of the trigger group are also WWII dated, I believe some of it is post war as well. 498AC2EA-321D-4655-B97B-0B5D508CB6E1.jpeg D3EB03D6-1771-46C7-8AB5-9406DCF7A309.jpeg
     
  2. G19 DB

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    Nice gun OP! Got mine out last weekend and shot it at 8" steel plate @ 200 yards. Very enjoyable.
     

  3. R9S19

    R9S19

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    Thanks! There truly is no better smell than hot gun oil after putting a few clips through a Garand, and no sadder sound than the last “ping” of the day
     
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  4. bac1023

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    Very cool indeed

    Beautiful rifle...
     
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  5. R9S19

    R9S19

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    Thanks bac!
     
  6. First shot

    First shot

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    there’s a soothing but kinda exciting feeling, that just sorta shows up whenever I shoot or even grip an old legendary firearm...always want to ask “where all you been and with who?”....
     
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  7. professor kv

    professor kv Hey! Who turned out the lights?

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    It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that ping.
     
  8. ithaca_deerslayer

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    Looks like it's going to be a Garand day :)
     
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  9. R9S19

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    Doo wop doo wop doo wop doo wop doo wop doo wop
     
  10. Duke45Big

    Duke45Big All anti-gunner stink worse than filled diapers.

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    With out a doubt a very fine rifle. She looks like a prom queen. Had one back in the mid 80's sold it biggest mistake I ever made. Please enjoy her.
     
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  11. H&K .45 AUTO

    H&K .45 AUTO Gunslinger

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    One of the few rifles I have always wanted, but never have purchased. Seems that something always comes up to keep me from committing the funds to one.

    A very iconic weapon, and one to be proud of. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  12. collim1

    collim1 5ft of fury. The champ is back!

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    I have been cranking out my M2 ball clone load the last few weeks. Every chance I get I go out to the shop and load up a few rounds.

    I’m looking forward to shooting mine. I don’t get her out very often.
     
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  13. DonD

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    Ah, one of the few places where "clips" is used correctly, that's in the Garand.

    Good old beast, served us very well in WWII and Korea. Don
     
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    Wyoming

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    What is your M2 reloads consist of? I have 2,000 150 grain M2 FMJ and winter is coming.
     
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    collim1 5ft of fury. The champ is back!

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    147g FMJ NATO pulls over 47g IMR4895 with a Winchester LR primer. A true M2 ball clone would probably be in the 49-51g range, but since I use a mix of HXP and commercial brass I download it to 47g. Lots of opinions on what the upper limit of this load is. 47g is safe and easy on the gun IMO.

    I also load the same bullet over 44g and it makes a real soft shooting load that still cycles the action reliably.

    Both of these shoot 5-7 moa.

    I also load up a 168g BTHP match over 44.5g that has given me 3 moa from a bench rest. That’s is the absolute best this bone stuck CMP Special Grade has given me. I experimented with a bunch of different loads with IMR 4895 and this is the only one that really stood out. It’s also very soft shooting. I have not chronographed this load nor have I shot it past 200 yards.

    But I don’t load many of those. $$$$. I mostly plink with my Garand and ring steel at 100 yards. I don’t often have access to a range with greater distance than that.
     
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  16. jr24

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    Me too.

    Though I did just get my M1A ready for whitetail season, so I have a kinda-sorta but not quite good enough option.
     
  17. Wyoming

    Wyoming

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    Thanks! If you check in on GT reloading you will see that IMR owes me nine pounds of IMR powder in a recall of IMR 4007 SSC. I bought 2,000 M2 150 grain bullets that are still in their USPS flat rate box. They have the crimping grove in the correct location for 30-06. The day of being able to buy cheap surplus 30-06 are long gone. I have saved all my brass. Need to prep primer crimp and I will use small base dies. Your load is a classic and thank you for confirming that it will do just fine for my old war horses. :flag: