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Old October 15, 1999, 12:01 PM   #1
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Looking for some tested loads for my new M-14 NM . It has the 1-11 twist. I want something that is accurate out to 300 yds for target shooting. Thanks ...Steve
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Old October 16, 1999, 12:49 PM   #2
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May I recommend that you get a copy of
Hodgdon's Data Manual. They have a section
on match loads which are intended for use
in your M1A. Your gas gun will not like some of the slower burning powders which would be just fine in a bolt action. They also show loads worked up using Winchester brass vs GI.

You will find that the folks here are rathey shy about giving out specific loading data.
can you blame them?

Good luck & Good shooting!
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Old October 17, 1999, 03:34 AM   #3
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Hank they are definitly shy, have emailed them for missing page in my reloading book have heard no reply or no new page in mail, book was wrapped in plastic when purchased, wouldnt have minded if page was not start of 30-06 data, some might say a rather common caliber, maybe just another complaint of mine about qc as you probably heard. Sorry about ranting.

As to loads I would recommend 150-175gr max for bullet weight, seem to remember seeing cracked m14 style recievers in shop manual caused by shooting too heavy of a bullet (190). as to powder you might want to try BL-C2. Is b for ball and LC for lake city?

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Old October 17, 1999, 08:03 AM   #4
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oberkommando, I meant to say that the TFL members were shy about giving out specifc reloading data. BL-C(2) is Ball C lot 2.
It replaced Ball C that was a replacement for
surplus BB Ball. I would say that missing pages from a reloading manual would prompt me to telephone them or to speak with the seller.
The M14 was designed with 147 to 173 grain bullets in mind and powders like BL-C(2),
W-748, 4895 and 4064 are good choices. Pay close attention to all details.
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Old October 17, 1999, 08:17 AM   #5
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I AM NOT suggesting that you use this load in your gun but it is a load that I have used with great success in my M1-A NM for 10 years. It is a safe load by all means and I obtained it from a close friend who shot many years in high power competition.

If you decide to try it you do so on your own and I assume not responsibility for your ability as a reloader.

Now, with that being said, the load.

Federal brass trimmed to 2.005"
Federal 210M primer
47.5 gr. H380 powder
Sierra #2200 168 gr. HPBT match bullet
COL 2.800"

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Old October 17, 1999, 08:32 PM   #6
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My M1A's in general like the following recipies, but from a legal standpoint I strongly suggest you get a good load book (I use seirra and speer) and check them out yourself, I take no responsibility for errors:

I shoot federal gold metal brass trimmed to 2.005" with c-34 primers and 39.5 grns of IMR-4895. I only use seirra 168 BTHP loaded to 2.800".

good luck.

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Old October 22, 1999, 02:45 AM   #7
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43.0 gr. WW 748
CCI standard LR primers
Sierra 168-gr HPBT Matchkings
G.I. Match brass, or ball brass sorted to the central +/- 1 standard deviation in weight.

All assembled on a Dillon 550B using Lee dies.

2-inch 5-round groups at 200 measured yards on several occasions, using iron sights. Goes 2625 FPS at 85 F from a 1:12 twist.

Am thinking about switching to GI 173s for cheaper practice, and the new Sierra 175 for serious work.

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Old October 22, 1999, 02:34 PM   #8
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I'm about to start reloading for my Springfield M1A.

Have any of you tried Accurate 2520?
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