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I looked through this article and it states that .308 M-1s are much more accurate than the .30-06 version. With the exception that an M1A costs more, why not just buy one of those instead?
 

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If you load your own .30-06, or just tap it prior to loading, that much more accurate stuff is a misnomer. This fallacy comes from the difference in powder to case loads between .308 Win and .30-06 back when powder charges couldn't fill the entire case. Or in Laymen' s terms, Don't believe everything you hear. JMHO.
 

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The 7.62 version of the Garand is a Navy thing, and most were built at the Crane Lake Arsenal for the Navy match rifle team (they beat both the Army and Marine teams with them).
I have shot one, owned by a friend that had been presented it as a trophy by the Secretary of the Navy, sweet piece.
 

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The 7.62 version of the Garand is a Navy thing, and most were built at the Crane Lake Arsenal for the Navy match rifle team sweet piece.
Take up the empty cartridge space, bore the chamber for a specific load, tighten the tolerances so that a Fly can't pass gas, and the Navy would still whip the Army team with the 30-06. (A really good shooting Marine might tie them on His best day, if the Sailor was having an off day.) :lol:
Don't go to Indiana Tailgunner, last time I was there I left with a Wife, Look Where that has Lead Me. :lol::lol::lol:
 

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That's what the Gun Digest article stated. I didn't necessarily believe it, but I figured it would get cleared up on here.
 

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It's your dime!

That's what the Gun Digest article stated. I didn't necessarily believe it, but I figured it would get cleared up on here.
Yes, I did leave Indiana with a wife. (Ain't going back there) What was it you didn't believe?:D
 

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I thought it was interesting to read that the .308 version was more accurate than the .30-06 version. I didn't know, personally, one way or the other. I figured someone on here would.
 

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Crane Lake Arsenal?? No such! These were chambered to .308 in the beginning with chamber inserts and Loctite. That was around 1968. I was at the then Crane Naval Ammunition Depot AKA Crane NAD Crane, Indiana at the time.
I think it is now Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. My cousin is still there, he is a specialist in small arms development for the Navy. This was an enjoyable place to be for a young man who loved firearms. It is one of my fond memories. I finally made my way back to Wyoming after the detours of the late 1960-1970s.
 

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USNRET, They continue to engineer and work with small arms development at the Crane Surface Warfare Center. It is a very interesting complex. When I was there the USMC guards were still riding mules to patrol the rugged wooded hill country.
 

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Funny, my M-1 Garands shoot just fine. They'll match any .308 rifle that's not been highly modified. Mine are standard issue from DCM some 25 years ago.
 

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It is fun to ponder if the Military would have brought the 30-06 back in the M-14 if the Fully Auto Fire Rodent Rifles didn't become the rage after VN. But at least High Power Hunters still have the 30-06 readily available. Both the Garand and the 30-06 gave American Sportsmen a wonderful start. JMHO.
 

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The old 30-40 U.S. Government AKA "Krag" one of my favorite oldies was replaced by the Springfield 1903 caliber .30-03 government. The .30-06 was an improved case adopted in 1906 also resulting in a law suite from German Mauser Werks.
The 7.62X51 T-65 was adopted for a higher cyclic rate of Auto-Firing platforms. Winchester adopted it as the .308 Winchester for civilian use. The .30-06 and .300 Winchester chambered in the famous Winchester Mdl. 70 U.S. Government was a legendary Sniper rifle.
 

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The Japanese copied the M-1 Garand very crude. The Nazis adopted the G-43 by Walther to arm their troops. The Nazi plan was to arm every foot soldier with a scoped 7.92 X 57 semi-auto rifle. The War ended before the Axis's offering were massed produced.
My mistake was selling my G-43 rifle. I could not afford another one.
 

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In the end I wanted one in the native/historical configuration and perhaps to be able to participate in some shooting matches, so I got the '06. Sure labored over that choice for a while, though! I guess some folks can work magic with those. Not me, though I do still need to practice up a bit. Feel confident I can make it do what it was mainly designed to do, however, which is to be a pretty devastating blaster! :D
 

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Your football record says enough.

Not even in your dreams. Now if you want to have a contest furling sails, swabbing decks, or tying knots, the Navy will win hands down. :biggrin:
Back in the years when Army could win a Football Game I might have lent a little credence to Your Jest, but it's been so long since Army was competitive it's beyond a Joke. :lol:
 

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SmokyUSN, Damn old pal I must stay out of this one. My Father USN, was an Artillery instructor at Lake Michigan during WWII. My son was USMC Recon during the "Sand Box". I was some where doing something during the Asian dispute of the 1960s. I have too many interest to get into this brawl. Good Luck. DR.
 
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