How do you know if data load from a manual is good (safe) for M1 Garand 30-06

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  • temccoy

    Junior Member
    Nov 13, 2020
    The issue with powder and Garand loads is the burning rate of the powder. If the powder burns to slow, you can have a still burning powder granule enter the op rod port and the increased pressure can bend the op rod. As stated previously, 4895 is the classic powder for it, and is what the military used to load Garand ammunition. 4064 also works well. You can use any powder with the same burning rate, although I would be hesitant to experiment. Keep the bullet weight at 168 gns or lighter. Have fun with it.


    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Dec 27, 2012
    The Hornady Manual has a specific section for M1 loads. Worth getting if you want to be sure they are safe fro the rifle.

    Also Master Po load data is available online:

    It was also recorded here on mdshooters for posterity
    Just search "master po mdshooters" on Lougle or DuckDuckGo


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