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Old 02-28-2015, 07:32 AM   #1
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Shane from Charleston, SC

Just picked up an M1 Garand and checking out the forums online. Bought a shooter from a friend with mix matched parts but in amazing condition. Very much looking forward to shooting her soon. Retired Navy Mineman who was also a SAMI and Crew Served Weapon instructor. Ran the armory on many Minesweepers and Minehunters.

Boyd's Coyote Natural/Brown Hi-Gloss Stock
Manufactured in Sep of 1955
After Market Adjustable Gas plug
After Market front and rear sights
Original H&R Bolt
Entire trigger Assy is Springfield
Operating Rod is Springfield
Barrel is a 1956, so not original barrel but a year later





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Old 02-28-2015, 07:50 AM   #2
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Nice looking rifle, welcome to our humble forum. There are some really good guys here.
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:27 PM   #3
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Nice rifle! I have the same stock design for my M1a but she stays in the Birch now.
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:33 PM   #4
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I didn't even know laminated stocks were available for Garands...purty!
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Welcome aboard! I gotta jump on the bandwagon here and add my own Damn! That's a purty Garand!
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:10 PM   #6
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Thanks Guys, really appreciate it! Like I said I'm new to the world of the Garand but I have wanted one for a while now. I got 500 rounds with this one but think I'll keep the spam can intact for show and tell. I believe all the rounds I have are corrosive anyhow due to the primer age. Will need to start ammo shopping I guess. I was told the gas plug was set to a 165 grain. I assume due to pressure of that grain utilizing the adjustable gas plug. -Shane
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:33 AM   #7
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I was told the gas plug was set to a 165 grain. I assume due to pressure of that grain utilizing the adjustable gas plug. -Shane

Nice to have the adj.gas plug but it's the opt rod is of more concern.To heavy of a bullet more pressure = damage to the opt rod.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:56 AM   #8
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I was told the gas plug was set to a 165 grain. I assume due to pressure of that grain utilizing the adjustable gas plug. -Shane

Nice to have the adj.gas plug but it's the opt rod is of more concern.To heavy of a bullet more pressure = damage to the opt rod.
I didn't mention what would have been of the most concern due to the pressure but I have heard the opt rod was the weakest link. What would one look like that was damaged?
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:55 AM   #9
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These will look much better!

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Old 03-01-2015, 08:15 AM   #10
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Looks like you've already partially disassembled it, but if you're new to Garands the CMP website has an excellent tutorial, with pictures, on disassembly and assembly.

When you say "These will look much better" about the original furniture, I'm not sure what you intend, but you'd probably be better off not refinishing them. The original finish usually has some value, even if it's cruddy (and those don't look too cruddy) and you've got a good-looking laminated replacement already.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:50 AM   #11
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Looks like you've already partially disassembled it, but if you're new to Garands the CMP website has an excellent tutorial, with pictures, on disassembly and assembly.

When you say "These will look much better" about the original furniture, I'm not sure what you intend, but you'd probably be better off not refinishing them. The original finish usually has some value, even if it's cruddy (and those don't look too cruddy) and you've got a good-looking laminated replacement already.
I opted for the ones I just posted but come to find out it wont fit. I want to go to a more tradition stock look in a used original H&R.
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:23 AM   #12
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I opted for the ones I just posted but come to find out it wont fit. I want to go to a more tradition stock look in a used original H&R.
Why won't they fit?
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:33 AM   #13
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Why won't they fit?
"It's close but not right.
Harrington switched over from a 3/8 stamp to a 1/2 stamp at approx. 5.6 mil.
Your really looking for a 1/2 stamp with a non serifed P proof in a circle.
I'd still do the deal with you, but the stock would be a bit early for your rifle."

Thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:00 PM   #14
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If that's a quote from the seller, what he's telling you is that the various inspection marks that are stamped into the wood may not be exactly accurate for the period in which your rifle was manufactured. The stock should still fit; it's just that the stamps may be 1/8" too tall.

He's a pretty honest and knowledgable seller.
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If that's a quote from the seller, what he's telling you is that the various inspection marks that are stamped into the wood may not be exactly accurate for the period in which your rifle was manufactured. The stock should still fit; it's just that the stamps may be 1/8" too tall.

He's a pretty honest and knowledgable seller.
I sent him an email back with this reply. If they fit I still want them. I also bid on this but this guy has no idea of stamps. I'll be glad when I am not behind the learning curve.

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I was told the gas plug was set to a 165 grain. I assume due to pressure of that grain utilizing the adjustable gas plug. -Shane

Nice to have the adj.gas plug but it's the opt rod is of more concern.To heavy of a bullet more pressure = damage to the opt rod.
I have never really seen a bad opt rod in person from what I remember seems they get bent and one would conclude difficulty ejecting or all out failure to eject.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:12 AM   #17
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I have never really seen a bad opt rod in person from what I remember seems they get bent and one would conclude difficulty ejecting or all out failure to eject.
Ahh, I know mine isn't straight but I don't think they are suppose to be either.
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