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Old November 13th, 2017, 09:00 PM #1
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Good M1 carbine ammo

So I acquired one recently. It came with a few boxes of wolf steel cases ammo and a few mags. One has a serious feeding issue, but I think one of the feed lips is bent a little. I also noticed that the steel cases rounds are hard to chamber unless I release the bolt from fully back. If the bolt has pushed them forward, it is really hard to get it to rotate/bolt handle to push forward the last bit.

I lubed the rifle up really well when I got home and it is soother, not sure that had anything to do with it.

How well do M1s like steel cased ammo? Iíve read it is hard on the extractor and also pushes only about 1860-1880fps in reality, which is about 100fps below spec. Iíd think a little closer to spec would help the bolt forward. The problem is I had a FTF every other round (I think when a round was against that bent feed lip) and 2 failure to feed on the other 50 rounds I put through it from other mags (all the ammo I ended up taking to the range with me). The rounds were getting pushed up by the bolt, but seemed to be getting hung up.

Magazines seem to be 3 GI mags and 2 likely aftermarket (but very old) magazines. I could be wrong and they are all GI.

Suggestion on what ammo runs well? Iíve heard some decent things on PPU. Any thing else work okay? Should I try getting a box of several different kinds of ammo?

Is wolf okay to run in the carbine? Iíve got about 300rnds of it left. I normally avoid bimetal jacketed ammo to keep Barrel wear down, but 1900fps isnít much of a barrel burner to start with. Or should I use what I have and stay away from it in the future. The carbine is a lot of fun, but if I am self honest unless I get a backyard range or till I retire and have real spare time, Iíll be lucky if I get it to the range more than 2-3 times a year and put 100rnds through it on each trip. Paying $100 in ammo a year to feed it vs $60 doesnít concern me all that much. My focus is what will feed reliably and wonít wear it extra. I wouldnít mind picking up a couple of boxes of stuff that will put the hurting on whatever it hits (like some FTX or something softpoint that works well), but mostly FMJ plinking ammo.

Thanks for any suggestions you can provide. I feel like Iíll know more when I have a chance to Field strip it, clean and lube everything in a couple of weeks.
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Old November 13th, 2017, 09:07 PM #2
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Ive run plenty of wolf though I do try to stick to brass case, steel case isn't the end of the world. 300rds wont hurt anything to use.
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Old November 13th, 2017, 09:10 PM #3
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https://www.sportsmansguide.com/prod...ounds?a=963042

That's what I shoot through mine it's kinda pricey but I've shot probably 500 plus rounds of it and there's been no failures of any kind and is very accurate has nice group patterns I'm sure there's other ammo that's good but it's all I have ever shot though mine it shot good so I never tired anything else
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PPU makes good .30 Carbine.
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Old November 13th, 2017, 11:13 PM #5
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PPU makes good .30 Carbine.
I've used PPU as well and have no complaints. Fired several hundred rounds without any kind of issues through my Inland M1.
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Try this if it's still available. http://www.southernohiogun.com/ammo/...bine-ammo.html
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The reality is the era of cheap surplus .30Carb ammo is over, and you're dealing with new mfg ammo .

In addition to above brands , Aguila makes it also .
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The reality is the era of cheap surplus .30Carb ammo is over, and you're dealing with new mfg ammo .

In addition to above brands , Aguila makes it also .
Iíve read the Aguila stuff is loaded really light. Not sure what truth there is to that. Or even if that is a (potential) functionality issue. I know a lot more about garands than I do carbines.
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Forgot to mention above 1860-1880fps are typical real world vels .
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30 carbine headspaces on the case mouth. Laquer coated steel ammo has bee linked to quite a few KABOOMS. I would never use it.

Aquila is very temperature sensitive and has huge POI shifts. I have not tried PPU.


   
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