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Reloading The .30 M-1 Carbine



(FN=Flat Nose, SP= Spire Point, HP= Hollow Point, RN= Round Nose) JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point, FMJ=Full Metal Jacket)

Loads for .30 M-1 Carbine Rifle:

(Note: These are maximum loads, you should use 3-5% less to start.) I was advised by a fellow shooter on the web, that backing off any more than 3% would not allow the M-1 Carbine to function properly. With any auto, the loads will be trickier. You certainly want to measure your powder carefully and check the loads to make sure you have the correct bullet weight, type and powder before shooting.
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullets are .308" and .3085" diameter. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.

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100 grain SJ (Hornady Short Jacket)
    IMR 4227     16.0* gr.  2,005 FPS
    IMR 4198     14.5* gr.  1,530
    SR 4759      11.0* gr.  1,575
    2400         12.3* gr.  1,815
    H4227        14.5* gr.  1,897
    No. 9        13.3* gr.  2,015
* compressed load
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110 grain SJ or Hornady RN
    IMR 4227     15.0* gr.  1,900 FPS
    IMR 4198     14.5* gr.  1,495
    SR 4759      11.0* gr.  1,545
    2400         10.3  gr.  1,500
    H4227        14.5* gr.  1,935
    No. 9        12.6* gr.  1,893
    680          16.0* gr.  1,970
* compressed load
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112 grain Lead RN or SWC
    IMR 4227     14.0* gr.  ----- FPS
    IMR 4198     13.5* gr.  -----
    SR 4759      10.0* gr.  -----
    2400         10.3  gr.  1,590
    H4227        13.5* gr.  -----
    No. 9        12.0* gr.  -----
* compressed load
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125 grain Lead RN
    No. 9        11.0  gr.  1,769 FPS
    A1680        15.0* gr.  1,756
* compressed load
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Discussion: For owners of M-1 Carbines, it's a lot of fun to fire away with this little semi-auto. Loads need to be fairly consistent to make the action work properly. Ruger had a cylinder for one of their single action, six-shooters that would use the .30 M-1, so you could use the same cartridge in your rifle and handgun. As I remember, that pistol would use several types of .30 cal. ammo, by changing the cylinder.


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#2400, Reloader 7, 11, 12, 15, 19, and 22 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
H380, H450, H4227 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031, IMR 4227, IMR 4198, and SR 4759 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No. 2, No. 5, #2230, #2700, #3100, A1680 and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WMR, WSF, WSL, 760, 748, 680, 231 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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