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    M 1 Garand

    My step father just gave me a M 1 that was converted to shoot .308. The serial number goes back to 1942. Took it to the range on Monday, the thing is deadly accurate and one sweet shooting gun. Had a blast shooting the gun and will continue to shoot it and keeps rounds going.

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    Pics or it's not real.
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    Sad that someone converted it to .308 for historical value, but otherwise, Cool!

    And, as atc said, if you ain't got pictures, it didn't happen.
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    Great gun, even in .308. Shoot it lots and enjoy. Be smart about your ammo choices, though - do some research and see what bullet weights are recommended for the Garand in .308. In .30-06, the "sweet spot" is in the 150-168 gran range to avoid beating up the op rod.
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    Just added a pic. Also he gave me a BM 59 in 308 and assorted goodies.

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    Recently a guy at work gave me a copy of a magazine put out by the Garand Collectors Association. There was an article in it about a bunch of Garand's that were converted to .308 by the Navy. It's very possible it is of much greater historical significance than you could have imagined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PB2 View Post
    Recently a guy at work gave me a copy of a magazine put out by the Garand Collectors Association. There was an article in it about a bunch of Garand's that were converted to .308 by the Navy. It's very possible it is of much greater historical significance than you could have imagined.
    So you're telling him he could have a squid gun? Great...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    So you're telling him he could have a squid gun? Great...
    Hey watch it mister. We bust on leather necks around here, not squids. : )
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    You can never go wrong with an M1, the "clip fed gas operated air cooled semi-automatic shoulder weapon". I have 2 from the cmp and would get another if i could.

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    whoa neat hand me down, I get crap handed down to me.

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    If you can, find out the history and share it with us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    Sad that someone converted it to .308 for historical value, but otherwise, Cool!

    And, as atc said, if you ain't got pictures, it didn't happen.
    If I remember correctly CMP converted a quantity of Garands to .308 by inserting an adapter into the chamber to change the headspace from 30/06 to .308.
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    A lot of times those old timers have some gems tucked away. I bought my H&R Garand from an elderly WW2 vet back in the 80s. He bought the rifle as new surplus just after the war and bedded the stock, put match sights on it, and hand rubbed many coats of tung oil on the stock. He used to shoot competitions with it until he had a stroke and couldn't hold the rifle up anymore. A friend of mine owned a gun shop at the time and called me as soon as this guy came in with the rifle. My buddy knew I was looking for a nice Garand for a while, and the old man wanted it to go to a good home. I guess he had no one to pass it down to. I don't have any kids so I'll probably pass it down to my nephew. With that hand rubbed tung oil stock, this rifle is a real looker! Shoots as sweet as it looks....

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    Navy .308? Probably saw a lot of parade duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Navy .308? Probably saw a lot of parade duty.
    That's rough.lol
    As we used to teach in the spook business, carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it you may shoot it. If you shoot it you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody - and he finds out about it - he may be very angry with you. -- Jeff Cooper

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