Sellier & Bellot M2 Ball

Reviews on M1 and M2 Ball (Update 2022)

The popularity of M1 Garands at perhaps the highest level of success and the stock of surplus military ball decreasing One manufacturer has an alternative.

More than five millions 30.06-caliber Garands were made and served as the primary weapon of the U.S. and many allied militaries from WWII to the late 1970s, and in some cases the end of the 1970s. The eight-shot rifles, dubbed”the “greatest battle implement ever devised,” by none less an official in the military than General. George S. Patton was fed a constant diet of M2 ball 150 grain ammunition, and their sights were calibrated ballistically.

Commercial hunting ammunition can be well over 2800 fps in the muzzle. This can result in issues when using an M1.

But, while soft-point hunting loads are accessible within “aught-six” today, the traditional full metal jacket load has been unavailable for full-scale production in America for a long time. Furthermore, using commercial loaders, that can be more hot or have an entirely different pressure curve can cause damage to the M1’s Oprod as well, or, when they fail to create enough gas pressure, they won’t be able to cycle the action. Although this issue can be resolved with using a porting gas screw however, commercial ammunition may also be more costly and most Garand collectors don’t like aftermarket components.

With U.S.-made M2 ball for military use largely out of stock, Greek and Norwegian surplus has been the preferred option for the last decade, but the stocks are at an all-time low.

An alternative to the now-depleted containers of the army Lake City M2 has long been overseas stock purchased in the surplus market from NATO allies like Norway as well as Greece. In 2005 it was the Civilian Marksmanship program is a federally chartered non-profit organization that is well-known for its M1 program could smuggle around 25 million rounds 150 grain Greek-made Pyrkal HXP ammunition produced in the 1970s, and smaller amounts of marked AYR Norwegian Garand food crated in the 1950s. Both of these is a favorite in service rifle competitions and target shooting for over 10 years.

All good things have to be put to rest.

In an recent trip in the CMP’s operations in Anniston in the area where ammo crates of green were set up 30 feet tall in an area that could be used to hide the location of a Wal-Mart and the CMP now only has around 220,000 rounds of surplus ammunition available and the number is rapidly declining.

The only thing they have in stock and have in abundance is a load they’ve collaborated with S&B to design and a brand new M2 FMJ doubleganger loaded according to military standards.

With 100 rounds of T&E We walked the range to test how they did.

Many loads on the market for surplus items are harmful (Norwegian) or draw magnets (such like the Greek HXP here) that can cause a frown at specific sizes however, it is not the case with this S&B load, which is shown to the right, not.

When comparison of the S&B load to the legacy milsurp The most important thing to note from the beginning is that they’re with standard 20-cartridge commercial containers and not in green spam cans loaded with clips that are en bloc inside canvas bandoliers.

It’s okay, we can imagine. Don’t worry because they have loaded up on surplus posts-war AEC and CMP-marked films we already had in our possession without any issues.

The good news is that these new rounds, in addition to not being a throwback to the past of 8-Tracks or sock hops they do not attract an attraction like the previous ones. Furthermore the primers aren’t corrosive which is a trick that extra rounds are not able to perform.

The main point of success for the ammunition consisted of the fact that this) was able to work in M1s in a breeze and B) had a similar pressure curve to mil-spec loads.

The first time shot, the 96-round round was fired into two M1s from the GI collection: one from 1944, a vintage Springfield and an 1954 International Harvester, with no issues. We got twelve “pings” and a bunch of rough .30-inch holes in the paper groups of decent enough to host an local DCM match against.

We shot the full 92 rounds of two Garands without any issues, and also shot four rounds through two old “aught-six” rifles, who each have been responsible for an entire deer herd over the last century.

We also tried two rounds in the Great War-era sporterized M1917 bolt gun as well as an old 1970s Remington 742 Woodmaster, for purposes. It is important to note that this “vintage” load worked in both.

For velocity measurement in the group, we ran it through an Caldwell chronograph. Five shots of the string registered 2790, 2745 and 2713 fps, 2710, 2719 and the mean average working up to 2735, with an average variance of 33.5. It was recorded at 168 feet. elevation and 94F temperature with 72 percent humidity, and 2 mph winds. To give an example, Greek M2 head stamped HXP 1974 was measured at 2741 average.

Five shots of the string registered 27,90, 27,45, 2713 2710, 2719 fps the mean average was rounded to 2735, with an average deviation of 33.5

When it comes to worth and value, it’s worth mentioning that the S&B M2 load is priced at around $0.80 per cartridge, which includes free shipping when purchased in the case through CMP. When you consider that Berdan’s gray case with 168 grams of FMJ Wolf Military Classic runs approximately $0.60 per cartridge, plus shipping, the sole real rival the load has bulk users of the year is 150 grain Prvi Partizan, a Serbian-made product that is also targeted towards those in the M1 Garand owners market with replica GI packaging. If you’re lucky enough to are able to locate it available, it can be purchased for around $0.75 per round, before S+H.

In terms of packaging in terms of packaging, the S&B shipment is available in in the “GI” white box and in the gold and black box as well as some excellent bargains to be found if you browse.

The “ping” be with you.

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