There is always this option. We have dozens of Garand shooters at our club and many of them either shoot commercial ammo, reloads, or both.Look up a Schuster adjustable gas plug. This replaces the lock screw on the gas cylinder plug and will let you shoot about anything in the M1, as you can adjust it to "buffer" the force imparted on the rod. Last I looked they ran about $30 before shipping. Google will lead you to them. I have never used one, but the CMP forum guys love them, and that tells me all I need to know, as those guys forget more about M1's than I'll ever know.
I have shot a LOT of HXP. It's good stuff. Not cheap anymore, but it's good stuff. In my 5.8mil SA M1 Garand with a all but new barrel, it'll shoot about 2-3 inches at 100 on the bench. In my 3.9mil (late WWII era) SA M1 with a real, real worn barrel, it shoots about 3/3.5 inches at 100 yards.DennyF said:Fairly recent info on what the CMP North store in Ohio is selling:
4C3006X215-192P - M2 Ball, .30-06 Greek HXP (Pyrkal) manufacture. Packaged in 8 rd enbloc clips, 6 clips per bandoleer, 4 bandoleers per .30 cal can. 192 rds in a .30 cal can. Boxer primed, non-corrosive. Headstamp varies HXP62-HXP80. *THIS AMMO ATTRACTS A MAGNET. weight is 15 lbs per can. $96.00 per can plus S&H. S&H $8.95 per can - to Alaska & Hawaii - $14.95 per can.
.30 cal CAN, not a spam can.
Should be good stuff, with a reuseable can.
*(Means the bullets are steel core or steel jacketed.)