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yes it could be used as a DMR
range and accuracy are definitely there with a new garand... the old ones are likely to have throat erosion, some cracks in the stock, rust and accucacy woudlnt be there 100% but in the end it would still probably get the job done (hitting a human sized target at range)

one of the most common designated marksman rifle is the M1A or M14
the M-14 is simply a light weight (short action) M1 Garand with a detacable box mag
very fine DMR and even in some cases semi-auto sniper rifle
 

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It was for a while wasn't it? Didn't they have a version back in the 40's or 50's called the M1D?
 

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capable ones too. The only limitation was the optics.

The Marines still used them early on in Nam, and I have read of 700-1000 m kills with the 2.5 power sight. Now thats shooting!
 

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The USMC-issue M-1D kicked major 'Cong ass in the Mekong Delta, and out in the rice paddies and the like. I've heard and read stories of Marine snipers taking down DShK gun emplacements from 600 meters with 2.5 optics. 700 to maybe 1000, I'm sure it could happen.
 

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did its share in ww2, although the ranges were shorter, and Korea as well.

My method of thinking about hitting people with the 2.5X sights was "Hey, guys shoot 1000m Palma matches with irons"
 

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1000 with 2.5X is definately some good shootin, and the 1000 shooters with just iron kinda make me feel like I shouldn't even be allowed to shoot. I suppose I need to practice more, but my local toy store is charging $28 a box for the .308 I like! Well, he cut me a deal and agreed to go $24 each if I got 3 or more boxes. Lead prices are going up from what I hear; good thing there was a topic that had a link for a place doing $14.99. :wink: But that's off topic, I think there's plenty of potential for a Garand's accuracy, and I think there's evidence to support that. You thinkin' to try and get one? Pricey, but a real nice peice of hardware to say the least, so go for it if you want to and have the bucks.
 

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you can actually find a kit, less action from florida gun works. Get a custom barrel cut and buy a new stock (or refinish the old one) and youd have a decent rifle.

www.foridagunworks.com

i considered (am still considering) building an m1 garand in synthetic furniture ... stainless steel action and barrel.
 

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Kaz, I suppose i should find it inspirational but alas, I find it only humbling as well. I shoot 12 inch balloons with my Garand at 400 m but for all I know I merely nip their edges. I read of a Marine instructor who fired a whole clip of 8 into a 6 inch bull, from sitting, rapid fire at 600 M....whoa!

Why not make your own though? Douglas has new national match barrels for 220 bucks or some such, and decent mounts can be found. Total cost, 600 bucks maybe if you already have the Garand.

Some guys on this board can make you wicked stocks too lol :p
 

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I shoot a Garand at 600yds Open sights, kind of intimidating the first time you do it though. I have 3 garands, one match, built by USAMU, and two others both from CMP. My SG is a Dane, with VAR barrel and will do MOA if I do my part. The IHC is a RG with original LMR barrel has TE of 6, but a great bore, and is about a 1.5 to 2MOA shooter. I just looked at a target from this summer using M118. The match garand put 3 touching in a vertical stack at 100, dead center of the Xring. The target has 5 rds in the 10 ring, 3 touching, the first 2 were high, brought them down for the last 3(all single round feed). The target is below.

 

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Yep it is the match Garand I posted before. I told you it is a shooter. All NM parts, 308 Heavy contour barrel, Glass bedded, and best of all built with extra attention to detail by the US Army marksmanship unit for my Great Uncle at Retirement in 1971.
 

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Actually this a very popular caliber conversion for the Garand, they can also be done in 270, even 243, probalby other as well, but I have seen these done. the 308 gives you access to much more milsurp ammo at lower cost, and a barrels can be had for less than 200 usually, and installed by most any smith. Check the CMP forum, there are places doing it for about $75 plus the barrel.
 

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Great rifle and great shooting!

If I ever decide to change my Garand, I'll be bugging you for help lol.
 

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No problem, glad to help. The rifle is much better than I can shoot it, my uncles recod book also came inteh box with the rifle, and he shot scores in the 470 range pretty regular.
 

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Muzzleblast said:
Kaz, I suppose i should find it inspirational but alas, I find it only humbling as well. I shoot 12 inch balloons with my Garand at 400 m but for all I know I merely nip their edges. I read of a Marine instructor who fired a whole clip of 8 into a 6 inch bull, from sitting, rapid fire at 600 M....whoa!

Why not make your own though? Douglas has new national match barrels for 220 bucks or some such, and decent mounts can be found. Total cost, 600 bucks maybe if you already have the Garand.

Some guys on this board can make you wicked stocks too lol :p
I wouldn't mind building up a real nice Garand, and the price you say is pretty good, but it's still more than my fun budget allows. And with two mouths that need food I should probably keep some of this money available for that, lest those mouths begin to complain. Never tried ballons, could be fun. Ever hear of filling a milk carton with gasoline and setting it in front of a candle? What I want to try is filling a plastic 55 gal barrel with gas and using incendiary ammo through the .50. :twisted: :shock: I might have to build a bunker though.
 

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Hats off, those are....uh, some ideas lol. Let me know how the 55 gallon barrel idea works out and I hope you don't lose much hair j/k

Yeah I understand about the budget...trust me, I truly appreciate having only one mouth to feed.
 
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