Yeah, I agree. I've got a stash of Lapua .30-06 and 6.5x55, and will be buying no more.
milboltnut, in that case I would call Jeff today and order as much MATCH and whatever LC 30-06 you can afford. LC brass belongs in the Garand, commercial just doesn't stand up as well to getting hit by that op rod everytime its shot.
I'm just sorry its so expensive, a while back (Lord! Could it be 10 years already?!?) LC MATCH pull down was under $100 a thousand. Those were the days.
Pull down takes a bit of work but the brass lasts a long time once you get it all prepped the first time. Getting the asphaltum sealant out of the neck is a particular pain to me.
If it were me I'd buy at least a thousand of the 1962. I seem to remember reading 1962 was a really good year for LC MATCH ammo so maybe the brass is a little more uniform or something.
Hope this helps.
.30-06 Lake City MATCH (LC62), military pulldown, new, unfired,
MATCH and deprimed. Beautiful brass with shoulder annealing still visible, has no primer pocket crimp.
Ttl Qty: 100 1M
$ Cost: 35/C 300/M
Last edited by Hip's Ax; 03-15-2010 at 11:02.
Now that I 'm thinking about it, I have LC 69... that is really clean, wondering if it's match. I saw some Match ammo on cartridge collectors forum... without "match" on the headstamp... check it out.
FA brass is usually avoided, one year in particular where manufacturing steps were eliminated was particularly bad (1957 ??).
LC match brass will always say either MATCH or NM on the head stamp along with the year and LC of course. NM brass was suppose to be destined for ammo that was to be issued at Camp Perry during the National Matches. Both are the same sans the small difference in headstamp.
If you have LC 69 then you are good to go provided you don't mind removing the primer crimp.
BTW International Match ammo is loaded to a very low velocity as it was meant to be used in 300m free rifle events. Thats about as far from service rifle as you can get.
I have a primer pocket reamer, it's not bad... a couple of twists. I guess it depends on how much I reload in the future, depends on a dillion swager.If you have LC 69 then you are good to go provided you don't mind removing the primer crimp.
So you say the LC69 is used for match brass?
The LC match brass and the LC M2 (normal) brass is suppose to be the same stuff. Only difference is the headstamp and the crimped primer pockets.
I have both and I shoot both.
I tend to use the MATCH more often because its easier, I don't have to get the swager out and go through that extra step.
If you have LC 69 and don't mind removing the crimp you are good to go for feeding your Garand in my opinion.
I do have to tell you though, LC 30-06 of any flavor has been in short supply. I'm quite surprised that Jeff has a much of a selection as he does. You might want to consider buying some from him and putting it in your bench drawer for a rainy day.
I run into guys who don't reload and have alot of brass, but I'll keep Jeff in mind.
Thanks for the info.
5.56mm match ammunition for the military is manufactured by Black Hills.
It has the designation of M262 mod (0) the primer is not crimped.
The combat load is known as M262 mod (1) the primer is crimped.
M262 uses the Sierra 77 grain HPBT match bullet. I don't know what powder they use or the source of the brass currently but they used to use Wincester.