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Old September 13, 2019, 12:21 AM   #1
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Garand range report

A few years back the Civilian Marksmanship Program placed a few hundred of the "6.0 million", Garands up for sale.

These were the "Last of the Mohicans", as far as Garand production was concerned and most were originally made up as National Match rifles. The moniker "6.0 million Garand" refers to the serial number, which is anything over 6,xxx,xxx and denotes the very last production Garands.. I was able to glom two of them

Both of them, unfortunately, came with brand new wood. Fortunately they also came with National Match barrels that are like new. One is a 3-53 LMR NM barrel and the other a 3-52 SA NM barrel.







I made a quick trip to the range this afternoon and fired one of the "6 million" Garands.

I was rushed, so I only had time to zero the rifle with some LC ammo and then switched to the Hornady M1 match ammo. Five rounds @ 100 yards...

Right around 2 MOA

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Old September 13, 2019, 08:53 AM   #2
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Nice. Love my M1
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Old September 13, 2019, 02:14 PM   #3
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2 MOA. No way I can shoot that tight of a group with mine. 4-5 MOA for me and my eyes.
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Old September 13, 2019, 03:39 PM   #4
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Thanks, guys.

ED308...what kind of ammo are you using?
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Old September 13, 2019, 04:17 PM   #5
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Sweet!!!!! I have a 1944 S/A 2,xxx,xxx M1 Garand Service Grade that I bought from the CMP back in 2003. Love shooting that rifle!!!

My rifle will fall into the 2-3" grouping......close to 3" on average depending on how I'm shooting that day. I shoot either 150 or 168 grain FMJ over IMR-4895.
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Old September 13, 2019, 09:58 PM   #6
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Thanks, Steve. I've had good luck reloading Garand ammo using IMR 4064 and a Nosler Custom Competition 168 gr
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Old September 14, 2019, 08:38 AM   #7
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Very nice 6-Mil M1s ... outstanding shooting!

Congrats!
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Old September 14, 2019, 11:14 AM   #8
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Thanks, agtman.

Sure love shooting it.
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Old September 14, 2019, 10:16 PM   #9
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Oh my love me some M1's and even better when they shoot like that.

Great shooting
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Old September 14, 2019, 11:28 PM   #10
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Beautiful rifles.

And a great group !
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Old September 17, 2019, 04:13 PM   #11
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Thanks!
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Old September 25, 2019, 12:52 AM   #12
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LMR

You don't mention WHICH rifle you took to the range!

But, the LMR barrels are recognized as great shooters. I purchased a SA marked Garand quite a few years back in the late 1980's when M1's were surfacing in the commercial market. I chose that particular rifle 'cause it had a NM operating rod. Later, as I learned more about Garands, I discovered the barrel was an LMR rebarrel. My LMR shooter will not pass the brass ring test at the muzzle, and I suspect it would gauge terribly, at the muzzle and the throat, but the rifle does not know it and still groups nicely!!!!!

I'll be watching for follow up posts to see which of your NM Garands shoots best!
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Old October 15, 2019, 06:01 PM   #13
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Nothing quite like shooting an M1, I also bought mine from CMP years ago and love it. They really are works of art. Congrats on your 2 6+ rifles.
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Old October 15, 2019, 06:51 PM   #14
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You don't mention WHICH rifle you took to the range!
I was shooting the 6088xxx Garand--the one with the LMR barrel.
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Old October 15, 2019, 06:52 PM   #15
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Nothing quite like shooting an M1, I also bought mine from CMP years ago and love it. They really are works of art. Congrats on your 2 6+ rifles.
Thanks!

They really are a ball to shoot.
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Old October 15, 2019, 09:46 PM   #16
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What does LMR stand for?
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Old October 16, 2019, 12:14 AM   #17
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What does LMR stand for?
The barrels were made by the Line Materials Co. Some hypothesize that LMR stands for Line Material, Rifle.
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Old October 16, 2019, 07:44 AM   #18
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The barrels were made by the Line Materials Co. Some hypothesize that LMR stands for Line Material, Rifle.
Correct - because the company also had been contracted to make carbine barrels, so the additional 'R' on their Garand barrels makes sense.
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