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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:06 AM   #1
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Best Ammo for M1A Loaded

Hello,

I like to stick with one ammo consistently with my M1A loaded, so i'd like to get everyone's opinion. Which brand ammo is BEST for the M1A loaded? By best I mean:

Most reliable, most accurate, most clean shooting, and best for the longevity of the rifle.

Thanks so much!

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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:18 AM   #2
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For my M1A it is my reloads

WW cases
IMR 4895
CCI 200

150gr bullet @ 44 grs

168gr bullet @ 41.5 grs

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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:31 AM   #3
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I have zero experience in reloading. I will learn soon though. What is the BEST factory ammo?

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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:39 AM   #4
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I am no M1A expert, but stick to 150 and 165 /168 gr factory loading and you will be in good shape.

Keep it greased correctly and clean, shoot quality ammo, the rifle will last longer than most of us.

Have fun

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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:50 AM   #5
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How was that puppy headspaced? I think they set there loaders up with a 1.632-3 headspace number. I have been using nothing but bh 175 grain match ammo.

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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:58 AM   #6
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Hello,

I like to stick with one ammo consistently with my M1A loaded, so i'd like to get everyone's opinion. Which brand ammo is BEST for the M1A loaded? By best I mean:

Most reliable, most accurate, most clean shooting, and best for the longevity of the rifle.Thanks so much!

J

JHN, you sure aren't asking for much. I'm assuming you are talking factory ammo here, and not reloads. Getting one brand/type bullet that is the best in your four catagories above might be impossible. In other words, the most accurate cartridge might not be the cleanest shooting cart. Recently manufactured Mil-surp might be more reliable in adverse conditions because of the sealed primer/bullet. It certainly won't win accuracy awards against match type bullets. Now if accuracy is your game, buy a box each of the following all in 168 grain match bullets. Fed GMM, Fed OTM, Privi Partisan, and Black Hills Match. Shoot it in your rifle. Match that ammo above to your four criteria, and eliminate accordingly. Your particular rifle barrel will prefer one of the above, it might shoot dirty, your choice. Most of the brands above are pricey to shoot. Most here that shoot a lot, are reloaders. That's because we can "tailor"a round to meet your four criteria. dozier

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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:59 AM   #7
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Nobody is going to tell you what the BEST ammo is for YOUR rifle. They can tell you what they like, what's reliable and accurate in their rifles... but you should buy a few different kinds and see what your rifle likes, IMO.

As far as best for the rifle, any quality, brass-cased 7.62x51 Nato, or commercial or handloads loaded to the same specs, will be ideal, IMO.

Most accurate is very subjective.

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Old June 21st, 2011, 10:01 AM   #8
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German DAG. Get a few thousand rounds while it still exists on the market.

Cost wise the match ammo is absurd at $1/round or more. You will be too worried about your pocket book instead of just having a good time. If you are shooting at 600 yards then the match ammo is what you need. There is no excuse to be shooting match ammo at 100 yards. It's a waste. DAG is fantastic surplus 7.62 NATO ammunition. Probably the best with Radway Green up there as well.

Any quality NATO ammunition with a consistent velocity will produce good groups in a loaded M1A. DAG has consistent velocity as does Radway Green. These are what are currently available, along with some Portugese surplus from Samco. The DAG and RG outperform the Port by a large margin in all my M1As (SM and 2 NM rifles).

If your pockets are deep then 168 or 175 FGMM is difficult to beat. It's what I use for comparison with my handlaods, but handloads that outperform FGMM are not difficult to generate for a specific rifle.

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JHN in case you're not hip to the acronyms yet, FGMM = Federal Gold Medal Match

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I won't be shooting long range (mainly because I don't have the skill). My main use for the rifle is hog hunting and shooting at the range between 80 to 100 yards. So accuracy isn't my first priority. My priority is actually picking an ammo that is GOOD FOR THE LONGEVITY OF THE RIFLE. Thoughts?

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Old June 21st, 2011, 01:54 PM   #11
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German DAG for plinking and some 165 gr ballistic tip hunting rounds. I also have used Remington SP in .308 Win for hog myself. Dropped one and the others just sat around the dead body continuing to forage. Crazy little beasts....but they taste good if you add some pig fat to the meat while cooking it. A bit lean otherwise.

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my priority is actually picking an ammo that is good for the longevity of the rifle. Thoughts?
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as far as best for the rifle, any quality, brass-cased 7.62x51 nato, or commercial or handloads loaded to the same specs, will be ideal, imo.
Also Hammonje's post above is a good one.

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Old June 21st, 2011, 02:02 PM   #13
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Terrific! I bought some American Eagle Brand 7.62x51 ammo (the one that says "for M1A" on the box). What do yall think about this ammo?

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Old June 21st, 2011, 02:03 PM   #14
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Also Hammonje's post above is a good one.
For once!!!!!!!!!! Better right down the freakin' date and time. Take care 1k/day

The American Eagle is OK. DAG is more accurate in my rifles. The AE brass is boxer-primed and so can be sold or used to reload. I would plink with DAG or RG surplus for about 42c/round shipped. I buy LC brass for reloading.

You have to understand....M1As got to eat man. A box or two of ammo is only an appetizer. If you want boxer-primed ammo than I would go Prvi Partizan M80 from Wideners in TN all the way. Cheaper. Accuracy is equivalent. You need to buy in quanity. A box here and there will cost you way too much cash.


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Old June 21st, 2011, 02:12 PM   #15
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The American Eagle 168 grain match ammo works well for me.


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