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US M1917 loads?

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US M1917 loads?

#1 Post by Irons78 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:41 pm

I downloaded the M1917 manual and noted that the original projectile was a 150gr spitzer, flat base, over 47-50 grains of a "powder". Would love to hear what folks are feeding their 17's!

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#2 Post by jbrower » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:54 pm

My standard 30-06 load for all of my milsurps is currently 49.5 grains of Varget, a 168gn SMK and a Winchester LR primer.

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#3 Post by Rapidrob » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:19 pm

LoadID 8645
Bullet Pulled Sierra Match King from 7.62x51 Match ammo or M-118 Match bullets.
Bullet Weight 175 grs
Powder Reloader-15
Powder Weight 48.0 grs
Primer Winchester LR
Brass Make LC
Barrel Length (inches)
C.O.L Milspec for M-1 Ball (inches)
Velocity 2650 fps
Group 100 yds .75 (inches)
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Gun Info Eddystone M-1917
Comment Outstanding accuracy out to 1,000 yards. Will cycle M-1 and other semi-autos with no problems.
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President New Mexico Military Surplus Rifle Pistol Shooters

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#4 Post by RWS » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:50 am

I downloaded the M1917 manual and noted that the original projectile was a 150gr spitzer, flat base, over 47-50 grains of a "powder".
I'm about 99% sure that the powder was IMR 4895, and 49 grains was the specified charge weight. Several sources cite that IMR 4895 that was created for the .30-06 cartridge.

I can only offer that a few years ago when I was buying some of the loose Greek .30-06 ammo from the CMP there was one single U.S. .30-06 round with a 1918 headstamp mixed in with the Greek stuff. I did not shoot it but instead pulled the bullet, which had a flat base and weighed 150 grains. The powder charge weighed exactly 49.0 grains and looked identical to modern IMR 4895 powder. Made a believer out of me.

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#5 Post by idahoshooter » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:46 am

.311 SMK match king
48gr 4064

My 1917 has a wide bore but it shoots real well with .311 bullets.

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