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    CMP Special Rack Grade stock question

    While I "patiently" wait for my first ever CMP Garand to arrive I am naturally scouring the interwebs for things to buy to enhance the experience. Tung Oil for the new stock? Check. High Temp grease? Check. Small assortment of 8, 5 and two round enbloc clips? Soon to buy. Same goes for some PPU Garand ammo.

    Now for my first possibly 'dumb question' for the forum. Does anyone know if the new CMP stocks are drilled to accept the typical tubular cleaning kit/oiler via the buttstock? If so, it sounds like a worthy $20 investment in Garand accessories?

    #2
    Yes they are. Stocks are really nice. Highly recommend the Dewey bore guide and coated .30 cal rod with jag and brush. Unless your going the Otis pull through route for cleaning. Chamber Maid flexible handle and 30-06 chamber brush are easier than the ratchet style in actual use. The M1 buddy, yellow plastic, cleaning port protects your bolt face from the jag and helps keep solvent from running down in the magazine area. Let us know what rifle you receive and how it shoots. Semper Fi!

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      #3
      DO NOT USE A BORE SNAKE!!!! That's the absolute worst thing one can use to clean a firearm--PERIOD. Use a coated rod, a proper fitting jag, solvent and patches. In over 40 years of shooting the M1 rifle, I've never found it necessary for the M1 buddy chamber insert. Just be careful with the cleaning rod. Just because there's enough of it to go 3" beyond the chamber, doesn't mean you need to or should.
      On a positive note, I'm glad to see you're using plain old hi-temp grease and are not getting sucked into the mindset that you HAVE to use Schmuckatelli's super-magic-miracle lube gel. A one pound tub of Walmart wheel bearing grease will last you at least 200 years. You'll learn how much to use. If you over-grease an M1 rifle, it will spit the excess all over your face and glasses. Ask me how I know this.
      Tung oil or linseed oil will be ideal for the stock, and don't forget to do the inside as well. No need for the 2 and 5 round clips unless you're planning to shoot NRA/CMP competitions, or hunting. May as well get a "chamber flag" (ECI--"Empty Chamber Indicator). Competition requires them.
      I'll close with enjoy it, shoot the snot out of it, and most importantly, have FUN!!!!
      Jon
      Last edited by TJT; 10-24-2019, 09:19 AM.

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        #4
        I bought 15 little containers of GI grease nearly 25 years ago and I'm still using the first one.

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          #5
          I picked up a small tub of Valvoline grease at the AutoPartsMart yesterday. I thought I still had some in the garage from about 15-20 years ago but I must have pitched it - lol

          I plan on creating a life-time supply for this Garand by filling an empty medicine bottle with the stuff and will gather a few epoxy brushes as applicators. I also have some kind of gun oil at the ready that I use on other firearms. No, I have never subscribed to the notion of 'boutique' gun lubricants. Grease it if it slides and oil it if it rotates is IMHO the perfect regimen for this true battle rifle that thankfully will never have to see battle again.

          The Real Milk Tung Oil arrived yesterday (I just chose the 8oz jug - Amazon Prime next day delivery) and I have a fresh can of mineral spirits and few small glass baby food bottles. The plan is to mix up a 50/50 batch for the initial coats and then switch over to 100% tung oil. I will be posting pics of the whole process from unboxing to final stock treatment.

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