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Sweet, like I mentioned previously the Criterion barrels are really nice. I went with a service grade and my barrel measured 1 on the muzzle end and a 2 at the throat for erosion (well within spec). I've only had her out to 100 meters but was more than impressed with the accuracy especially with my ageing eyes. Congrats on your impending purchase, keep in mind that once you shoot it, that "ping" becomes addictive so start stocking up on M2 ball now if you don't reload!
It is in the mail...

Assuming all goes well, this would be the first gun I have owned since I was a Boy Scout (50 years ago). I have no idea where to shoot around here. I presume there are some ranges. It comes with one clip. Is that enough, or recommended to get a few more.

I do not need match grade ammo, so what is the best to get? I am not a cheapskate so I am not too worried about cost. I do not intend to reload, not enough room in the house (I work from home, and then there is the 2018 FLTRU out in the garage.) I suppose a good case is needed to store it in.

See what you started? If the wife asks, I plan on blaming it all on you!!! :grin:
 

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Since you don't plan to reload, surplus ammo would be my choice if you can find it. Check the local places (Craigslist, OfferUp, etc.) for either Lake City or HXP (Greek) surplus ammo. You might also find some leads on ammo at the local (if you have any) CMP/NRA service rifle matches. If you still can't find any, I'd buy the ammo from CMP or Creedmoor Sports. Be careful using regular 'ol .30-06 from the store, as it's usually hotter than what the Garand operating rod can handle over the long term. That, or buy an adjustable gas plug and shoot whatever you like.

As for clips (en-blocs), it's a personal thing. I've got hundreds, but I wouldn't keep less than 8 or 10 for a casual plinker. Also, the manufacturer of the en-bloc matters a little bit. I've had issues with foreign manufacturers' clips and stick with USGI stuff. $2 each for USGI clips is pretty much the going rate, and anything less than that is a good deal. I like SA clips when I can find them (and they're not hard to find).

Also, like any other hobby, people collect the clips. Each manufacturer stamps either their name, initials or other identifying mark on the bottom of the clip in the little circle. Certain manufacturers command a premium with collectors. Find any that are marked "WRA" (Winchester) or have cut notches on each side (vs. stamped) are easily worth $50 each on eBay.

-WRM

Also, if you're into the historical aspect, the book, "The M1 Garand Rifle" by Bruce Canfield will tell you more than you ever needed to know.
 

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It is in the mail...

Assuming all goes well, this would be the first gun I have owned since I was a Boy Scout (50 years ago). I have no idea where to shoot around here. I presume there are some ranges. It comes with one clip. Is that enough, or recommended to get a few more.

I do not need match grade ammo, so what is the best to get? I am not a cheapskate so I am not too worried about cost. I do not intend to reload, not enough room in the house (I work from home, and then there is the 2018 FLTRU out in the garage.) I suppose a good case is needed to store it in.

See what you started? If the wife asks, I plan on blaming it all on you!!! :grin:
Haha, wouldn't be the first time I had to take the blame for someone else's purchase! I picked up an additional dozen en-block clips, I want to say it was under $20 off eBay. When I hit the range I usually shoot 150 grain Remington 30-06 core locked, primarily because it's cheap and readily available from Walmart etc. M2 ball is ideal but usually has to be ordered online or bought from gunshows. There's a lot of misinformation out there about bent op rods and such from shooting 30-06 in the M1 but even the CMP states that it is perfectly safe as long as your using 180 grain or less. Now just wait till it shows up, the wait sucks but you can pass the time by searching for period correct slings, bandoliers, ammo cans and bayonets, lol! Much like our bikes the rifle is just the down payment. It's a sickness I tell you. I can't wait to see what you get. Also, the case that it ships in is actually very nice.
 

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Congrats! They're certainly addictive; I've owned a half-dozen or so over the years, but I'm down to only 1 now (my favorite IHC). Sweet shooters for sure.

Good luck with it, and stock up on ammo/en-blocs!

-WRM
Love a tractor!! I kept a Winchester...love another one...
 

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That was a great find! History. I've always wanted one and continue to look. Maybe one day...
 

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It arrived. I figure I'll catch he11 from some folks for buying one with so many new parts, but I wanted one I could be assured of working. It has a new stock and barrel, so I know it would come in good shape. It is the Field Grade Special. Either I am getting old, or it is just heavier than I remembered. Last time I handled one was High School. :nerd:



 

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I bought my Garand from CMP last year, really simple process and went the same route as mentioned above. I received a Service Grade H&R receiver and Springfield components, all dated 54 or 55'. Unfortunately it came in with a new wood, I believe the last shipment they received from overseas had some termite issues. Wish it was WWII era but honestly just thrilled to own one.

I ordered ammo from Target Sports USA, shot great and I think the price was comparable to other offerings. I did go with Garand specific ammo, didn't want to risk a 60 year old firearm.

https://www.targetsportsusa.com/prvi-partizan-30-06-m1-garand-ammo-150-grain-fmj-500-rds-ammocan-p-3573.aspx
 

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Here is the info on the Receiver. If you blow it up, and look carefully, it says Springfield Armory. I had to use the picture to read it as even with reading glasses, I could not see it.

 

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Here is the info on the Receiver. If you blow it up, and look carefully, it says Springfield Armory. I had to use the picture to read it as even with reading glasses, I could not see it.

Looks like April of 43, pretty good chance that she saw some action. Very cool, now get out there and break her in!
 

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Missouri Conservation Dept. has a brand new range nearby. They have Thursday evening hours during the summer. I might head there tomorrow after work.
Have fun and be safe brother. Being a new barrel I'd probably take it easy on her and give it a proper break in, so don't forget cleaning supplies and a rod or bore snake.
 

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Have fun and be safe brother. Being a new barrel I'd probably take it easy on her and give it a proper break in, so don't forget cleaning supplies and a rod or bore snake.
Gotta get them too. Anybody ever deal with Midway? They are right down the road, near my daughter's house (well, same town anyway). Good excuse for a Road Trip. Weather is supposed to suck this weekend. I rode in the rain enough last weekend at Eureka Springs.


200 Rounds, ready to lock and load...
 

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The CMP web site calls it a .308. They do not sell anything they call a 7.62mm. And, it sounds like they are just collars that prevent a 30.06 from entering the chamber.
A lot of people (who never subscribed to Guns & Ammo :)) tend to use the designation 7.62 NATO and .308 Winchester intermittently. The NATO round is 7.62x51 MM whereas the .308 Win is 7.8x51.18 MM. By the way the 7.62 NATO has a shorter casing (51 MM) than the .30-06 (63 MM).

The USN had two versions of the 7.62 NATO firing M1 Garand. One had the chamber bushing as mentioned, with the new nomenclature: Mk2 Mod 0 (Mark 2 Model 0). The USN granted contracts to two firms doing these conversions, the AMF (American Machine and Foundry) and H&R (Harrington & Richardsons Firearms Co.).
The other had the old .30-’06 barrels removed and replaced with new 7.62 mm barrels. This conversion was much better although more expensive. The M1 rifles with the 7.62 NATO barrels were designated Mk2 Mod 1. Springfield Armory delivered the barrels chambered for the 7.62x51MM NATO. In addition every Mk2 rifle had an enlarged gas port, and a chamber insert to prevent loading of the .30-06 round.

In Norway during the 1950s and 1060s the Armed Forces received close to 70.000 M1 rifles from the US Army. These were being replaced by the H&K G3s in 1966-1967. Today the only unit in the Army that retained the M1 is the HM King's Guards Band & Drill Team.
 
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