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    M1 308 Barrel stamp

    Hi Everyone
    Does anyone know about Barrels stamped with FED.CDR.INC.S.E.M. CAL 308. It's on a M1 with S/N 3,199,XXX
    Thanks in advance

    #2
    Replacement barrel. Mostly a Citadel barrel.

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      #3
      Barrel from Federal Ordnance, Inc of South El Monte, Ca.(a suburb of L.A.). Probably from the late 60's to early 70's. It was a private firm that made guns up from usgi surplus parts. Most of their work was questionable at best. They cobbled together countless M1 rifles with welded receivers. If you don't currently possess said rifle, I'd pass on it. If you do possess it and haven't shot it yet, have it thoroughly inspected by someone who KNOWS Garands inside and out.
      If it's just the barrel be leery of it too. They were famous for cutting worn out M1 barrels just ahead of the chamber and then welding on 2-groove A3 barrels and machining to M1 profile and refinishing and then telling everyone they were the "rare" 2-groove M1 barrels. Just fyi-there are NO legit 2-groove M1 barrels--PERIOD.
      Jon
      Last edited by TJT; 05-20-2018, 02:42 AM.

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        #4
        Thanks for the info, I'm passing on that one. I think I'll save myself a lot of headaches and just get one from CMP.
        Thanks again.

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          #5
          Wise move. Glad I could be of service to you.
          Jon

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            #6
            Back in the late 1980s Fed Ord imported M1 Garands from the Philippines. A lot had bad barrels and Fed Ord put new Citadel barrels on them. They used both 30-06 and .308 Citadel barrels. Fed Ord also made "Tankers" out of some again in both 30-06 and .308 using Citadel barrels.

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