Wednesday, September 4, 2013
M1 Garand ammunition. Just the bare fact that ammo is 30-06 is not enough.
In the 1980's and 1990's, there was a lot of Korean 30-06 coming into the country in M1 clips. This was made by PMC and was supplied to the Korean army, then sold as surplus. It's fine and works without any difficulty in a Garand. Today it's hard to find this old surplus ammo.
As The Other Ryan mentioned in a post on his blog recently, Privi Partisan is making 30-06 ammo specifically for the M1 Garand now. I have been trying to order some from AIM Surplus for months. When I get their email telling me it's in stock, I immediately go on line to buy a can. But it's already gone. So I put my name in for an email notification when more comes in, and the cycle repeats itself. Eventually I will get some and I have enough of the old Korean ammo stashed to see me through if necessary.
The main point is don't just put any old round in your rifle because the M1 needs that specific load. You can load your own of course, but if you don't reload be sure to buy the right ammo.