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Old 04-27-2012, 09:46 PM
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i have my first grand i have 150-165-168 bullits and a lot of reloader22 will this powder work or should i buy somthing else i have some vaget but a lot of reloader-22 if it will work what would be a good load and starting point Im shure the load for my bolt action is to hot
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:35 PM
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Reloder 22 is way too slow for Garand loads. Unless you add a Schuster or other adjustable gas plug, that is.
This is all about the correct pressure curve at the gas port. Get it wrong and you can damage your $$$ op-rod.
OTOH, Varget is just about the perfect burn rate for Garands, as is 4895, with which the M2 load was developed. I use Varget in mine with great results.
Recommend that you get a Hornady Manual. It has a whole section on Garand loads.
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Sir, don't use Re-22 in your Garand. Its burn rate is altogether too slow, which means pressure at the gas port is too high, which then results in a bent op rod. This can happen even with light loads, BTW. Varget is debatable--some say it's fine, and others say it isn't. I personally haven't tried it.

The Garand was designed around IMR 4895, and it's still a very good choice. Keep your muzzle velocities moderate: 2,700-2,800 fps for 150s and 2,500-2,600 fps for 168s. Also make sure that your primers are seated below flush.

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The Garand is very sensitive when it comes to the burning rate of powder. Your bullet weights are the correct ones. 4895 and 4064 are considered the idea powders. I think RL15 would be in the correct range but not RL22. The Alabama Service Rifle team website has some excellent load data and other M1 info. Reloading Stuff
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