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FEATURE // VINTAGE RIFLE

After getting my zeros straightened out, the rifle put 10 out of 11 rounds of the Greek ammo into the 10 and X rings. One flyer inexplicably dropped into the 8 ring, which I attribute to the ammo.
check the windage a few minutes left and right, which should be enough for 100 and 200 yard matches. After getting my zeros straightened out, the rifle put 10 out of 11 rounds of the Greek ammo into the 10 and X rings. One flyer inexplicably dropped into the 8 ring, which I attribute to the ammo. In this last batch that I bought, one or two cartridges in every box are corroded and therefore suspect. I may have missed this one. The rifle shot a 99-4X with the Hornady ammo, but I called the 9 and, at two inches, the Hornady group was less than half the size of the M2 Ball group. The four Xs were so close together they appeared to be only two bullet holes. Expecting more from match ammo in a non-accurized rifle is overly optimistic. Nevertheless, in an informal club military rifle/iron sight bench match two days later, the rifle shot a 198-5X with the Hornadys. Checking rapid fire, the rifle sometimes failed to feed the fourth round of M2 Ball from the magazine, with the bullet nose hanging up on the front of the magazine well. A bit of polishing or seating bullets a tad deeper should solve the problem. Loading from stainless steel stripper clips (chargers), available from Creedmoor Sports, cartridges stripped into the magazine like they had been greased. Very slick. Good looking and accurate enough to hold the 10 ring if the shooter can, the James River Armory rebuilt M1903A3 is a very good choice for the CMP Springfield/ VMR matches, especially for those who need aperture rear sights.

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Designed specifically for use in the BRAKE • H M1 Garand, Hornady’s Match .30-06 M1 ING GEAR Garand 168 gr A-MAX ammunition is also a natural for the ’03 Springfield rifle. In fact, for the past several years it has been CMP’s CAN • TAC “issue” ammo to Garand and Springfield ING • GR shooters at championship matches. TAPCO • The M1 Garand’s gas system is balanced for RANGE a specific range of gas pressure and volume, PACKS • L which commercial .30-06 can exceed. According MRES • DV to the U.S. Army’s TM 43-0001-27, the nominal pressure of M2 Ball ammo for the Garand is AKS ACCE 50,000 psi, and the overpressure proof load 1911 ACE • BOOK is 67,000 psi. The SAAMI maximum average MILITAR pressure for commercial .30-06 hunting ammo is 60,000 psi--close to the Garand’s proof load. STOCKS ERS • FIR In the Garand, we’re concerned with not just peak pressure, but the pressure curve. That is, ZINES • ING PRO we’re concerned about the combination of force REMINGT (gas pressure) and the rate at which it is applied to the gas system. John C. Garand designed ACESSO his rifle to operate properly with M2 Ball’s GEAR • U comparatively moderate pressure curve that TACTICA won’t bash the gas system components around GRIPS • too hard. While the Garand may handle a few rounds V of hunting ammo, a steady diet can lead to trouble. Shooting commercial .30-06 in your • BACK Garand could eventually damage the operating • AME rod. The oprod connects to the bolt, which canREMIN also be damaged, and the bolt, in turn, can PURIF damage the receiver. At some point in time, ACESS the receiver could develop cracks, possibly leading to a catastrophic failure. Hornady Match OGY .30-06 M1 Garand 168 gr A-MAX ammunition BELTS • keeps pressures within the design parameters. GRIPS • Beyond that, it is accurate, consistent and the brass is ideal for reloading. BENCHE

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - March 2012

Shooting Sports USA - March 2012
Competitor’s Corner
Shooter’s News
Product Focus
Book Reviews
Score Sheets
The VMR Match Springfield Rifle
James River Armory
The Quiet Explosion of Gun Television
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info/Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Shooting Sports USA - March 2012
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 2
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Competitor’s Corner
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Product Focus
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Book Reviews
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Score Sheets
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 15
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - The VMR Match Springfield Rifle
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - James River Armory
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - The Quiet Explosion of Gun Television
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - A Page From History
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