M1 Garand (.30-06)

Rifle Caliber .30 M1 Basic Stats:

Mechanism: - Semi-auto gas operated - air cooled
Usual Caliber: - 30-06 (have it checked by a gunsmith to be sure. Some M1s were modified for other calibers particularly .308)
Weight: - 9.5 pounds - With Accessories: 11.25
Length: - 43.5 inches
Barrel: - 24 inches
Loading Device: - Enbloc Clip
Capacity: - 8 rounds
Trigger pull: - 5.5 - 7.5 pounds
Max Effective rate of fire: - 16-24rpm
Range: - Max -3200 meters - Effective - 460 meters
Sights: - Front - "Fixed" but is windage adjustable with wrench
- Rear -Adjustable - (1 click = .7cm at 25 yards) - Approx 1 MOA per click (1 inch at 100 yards)
The .30-06 Springfield is one of our all-time classic cartridges. Adopted as the 
standard U.S. military cartridge in 1906, the .30-06 served through both world wars, Korea, and several smaller conflicts around the 
globe. In addition to its military duties, the .30-06 was an instant success in the hunting fields as well. As a big game cartridge, 
the .30-06 has probably been used to take every major species in the world. It is the most popular cartridge for big game here in the
 U.S., and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. And for good reason; with standard bullet weights ranging from 110 to 220 
 grains, the .30-06 is capable of taking on anything from the smallest varmints to the largest North American species. In addition, with 
 proper bullet selection, the .30-06 can be tailored to almost any type of hunting situation. Originally, this cartridge was adopted in 
 1903 along with the Model 1903 Springfield rifle. Designated as the .30-03, military specifications called for a 220 grain bullet @ 2200 fps. 
 Severe bore erosion with the nitroglycerine based powder that was in use at that time forced a reduction in velocity to approximately 2000 fps. 
 This effectively duplicated the performance of the .30/40 Krag that it was intended to replace. With Germany's introduction of the revolutionary 
 high-velocity spitzer loading around 1905, U.S. Ordnance modified the cartridge to keep pace. Reducing the case length slightly, the loading was 
 changed to a 150 grain bullet @ 2700 fps. Redesignated as the .30-06, it is still the case in use today. For handloading, the .30-06 Springfield 
 is a most versatile cartridge. Powder selection, however, is slightly complicated by the wide range of bullet weights. As a general rule, powders
 having a "medium" burning rate will normally perform best with the mid-range bullet weights of 150 to 168 grains. Heavier bullets from 180 to 220
 grains are best served by the slower burning powders, like 3100, IMR-4831, or MRP. Faster powders, such as IMR-3031, 2230 and 748 are the best 
 choice for light weight 110 or 125 grain bullets. There is one notable exception to this pattern; the M1 Garand rifle. When loading for a Garand, 
 powders in the medium burning range must be used. Due to its system of operation, the Garand can be damaged by improper powder selection, even if
 the loads themselves are perfectly safe. We have had our best results in Garands when using IMR-4895, IMR-4064, 2495br and 2520. Military brass 
 for the .30-06 is still frequently encountered. When using G.I. cases, these loads should be reduced by one to one and a half grains to compensate 
 for their heavier construction.  
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Mosin Nagnat M44 Carbine (7.62mm x 54R)

Few military cartridges have had so varied a history as the 7.62mm Russian. Also known as the 7.62x54R, 
the cartridge was adopted by Imperial Russia in 1891. Originally chambered in the M1891 Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle, this rimmed 7.62mm round went on 
to serve as a standard service cartridge for the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Interestingly, the 7.62mm Russian not only predates the USSR, 
but survived it as well. Today, it still serves in both sniper rifles and machineguns in the reborn Russian Commonwealth. At the time of the Mosin-Nagants 
adoption, Russia's manufacturing capabilities were extremely limited. This forced them to contract for production of their new service rifle with many 
different arms makers. Some of the most notable were SIG in Switzerland, Steyr in Austria and Remington and Westinghouse in the United States. The two U.S. 
firms delivered more than 1.5 million rifles between 1915-17. With the onslaught of the Russian revolution, these contracts were terminated, and large 
numbers of Mosin-Nagant M91 rifles were sold here as surplus. The 7.62mm Russian is comparable in performance to other military cartridges adopted around 
the turn of the century, such as the 30-06 Springfield and the 303 British. As it was loaded in 1891, the 7.62x54R drove a 212 grain bullet at approximately 
2030 fps. Reflecting the changes in the ballistics of military cartridges of that era, the loading was changed in 1908 to a 148 grain bullet at approximately 2600 fps. 
In addition to its military exploits, the 7.62mm Russian has been a popular sporting cartridge. Literally millions of M91 Mosin-Nagant rifles and carbines were produced,
 and many of these have found their way into the hunting fields. Many Mosin-Nagants were brought home by U.S. servicemen returning from Korea and Vietnam. It is 
 still an extremely popular cartridge in Finland, where it has scored many thousands of moose. The cartridge has excellent accuracy potential 
 and has been used as a 300 meter round by Soviet Olympic riflemen. 
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1896 Swedish Mauser (6.5mm x 55mm)

AR-15 (5.56mm)

Rem700 270 BDL

Ruger Ranch .223

Ruger 77/22 Before

Ruger 77/22 In unfinished Richards Microfit Stock (Apache Gold)

Ruger 77/22 Final Product:

Orig. Ruger 77/22 action

Pillar and glass bedded in Richards Microfit Stock

Ten shot groups at 100 Metres

Remington Nylon 66 (.22 LR-My first gun)

Link to My first WildCat 6.5-270WSM (6.5-270WSM.)

5 Shot Group 100 Yards

7mm WSM Custom Rifle...Joe Ponto: RPS Rifle Works

More Details

Nesika Action, Lilja 1:9 twist 30 inch bbl

Stock by Robertsons Composites (Nepean, Ontario)

Jewel Trigger, IOR 9-36 x 56mm Tactical Scope

Remple Ski BiPod

Groups from day 1, no load development, virgin brass.

Winchester 7mmWSM brass, 69gn H1000, Berger 7mm 180gn VLD, 3000fps.

5 shot group at 200 yards

5 shot groups at 100 yards

6.5-47 Lapua Rifle (Switch Bbl 25-243 AI 1:10 Twist) - Omega Custom Guns

Stiller Tac 30 Action, Gaillard 1:10 twist 28 inch bbl. Palma Contour

Stock by Macmillian A5

Jewel Trigger, Nightforce 5.5-22 x 56 (Milrad turrets, reticle)

Harris Bipod

Groups from day 1

Lapua Brass, CCI BR-4 primers, Berger 140gn VLD, H4350 41gn 2800fps OAL 2.792

4 shot group at 100 yards

Lapua Brass, CCI BR-4 primers, Lapua 139gn Scenar, H4350 42gn 3000fps OAL 2.733

5 shot groups at 100 yards

Lapua Brass, CCI BR-4 primers, Lapua 123gn Scenar, H4350 42.1gn 3050fps OAL 2.733

5 shot groups at 100 yards

One Year Later, first day on the Range

Lapua Brass, CCI BR-4 primers, Lapua 123gn Scenar, H4350 42.1gn 3050fps OAL 2.733

5 shot groups at 100 Metres

Norinco M14 Clone in AKM Stock....Cool!

Norinco M305 (AKA M14)

Norinco HP9 12 Gauge

Ruger Single Six (.22 LR)

Ruger Mark I (.22 LR)

S&W 625 (.45 ACP)

Valtro 1998 A1 (1911 .45 ACP)

Sig Sauer P220R (.45 ACP)

Para Ordnance 16-40 (.40 S&W)

N540 223

Varget 223

Effect of OAL

Lee Collet Die (Effect on Lapua brass of collet stuck shut from neck sizing soft Norma Brass)

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