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Old 01-11-2019, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default Alternate calibers for the M1 Garand

I'm following a conversation about obtaining new barrels for the Garand in alternative calibers. Guy says if he can get at least 10 people in on a caliber he has a maker who will run them off. He has rim diameter and OAL restrictions. And lots of different cartridges have been talked about.
I think .308 is a good alternative for a Garand, but I don't have as much experience as some of you guys. What cartridge do you think would be worth pursuing?

P.S. Just checked in, and I guess enough people wanted 6.5 x 55, so, he's doing a run of ten in that size. I know nothing about that cartridge, though.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:23 AM   #2
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:46 AM   #3
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Just get a m14 / m1A
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:55 AM   #4
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I think it would be cool to have a Garand chambered in the cartridge it was originally meant for, the .276 Pedersen. I have no idea where you would get ammunition for it, though.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:23 PM   #5
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Trying to find a case comparison of the 7mm-08 and the .276 pedersen
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:48 PM   #6
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IIRC someone was building them in .458 Min mag at one point.
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I worked at a Rifle range when I was in high school . I remember the range master that worked there named Berry was shooting his M1 Garand with his reloads, must have been hot loads or something , and He blew up the receiver and cut cuts on his arm and face.
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.30-06 is pretty hard to beat, but I wonder what a .25-06 would do in a Garand?

I was actively entertaining the idea of rebarreling an FAL to .243, a while back. I know folks have done it successfully. I'm not one to pioneer new calibers and such. I like to see if it is going to work, first, and let someone else do all the testing.
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Trying to find a case comparison of the 7mm-08 and the .276 pedersen
Wouldn't a 7mm slug in a necked-down .30-06 case push the velocity up high enough to cause wear problems on the bore?
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Just get a m14 / m1A
Yeah, one of my buddies has been pushing me to get an M1A. I would just prefer to see what a Garand could be made to do.
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7mm Mauser is a dream cartridge in any platform itís rare and expensive now and probably wears barrels but does such horrible things to what it hits.
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Wouldn't a 7mm slug in a necked-down .30-06 case push the velocity up high enough to cause wear problems on the bore?
That's called a .280 Remington
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That's called a .280 Remington
Oh, so the 7mm-08 is based off of the .308?

Just saw a vid of some guys shooting a .276 Pedersen. They somehow found about 60 rounds of the stuff, and shot it through a classic rifle. Other than the weird bolt blow back knocking one of the guys hats off it looked really good. Even those shooters wondered about the .276 in a garand.
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I agree .308 NATO would be the way to go: widespread availability & cheaper than 30-06. Less recoil as well.

I'll still keep my '43 Springfield Garand in US .30 tho.
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I agree .308 NATO would be the way to go: widespread availability & cheaper than 30-06. Less recoil as well.

I'll still keep my '43 Springfield Garand in US .30 tho.
Yeah, my first garand was the original -06. Korean War era Springfield.

When CMP ammo was cheap you just took your time shootin to give the shoulder a rest. Had to sell that rifle cause I needed funds. Miss it regularly.
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