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    Questions on 1952 SA Garand

    The weather in Oregon finally got dry enough to go run a few rounds through my Rifle, boy oh boy that thing kicks like a mule! Couple questions though maybe somebody could help me with? I bought some new manufacture clips, they seem kinda “squished” on the top and the first round hangs up. I have a few older clips that came with the rifle that feed just fine. This common with new clips? Can I pry it apart a little? How often do you need to field strip it? Can I just run some patches through after firing it? I use the AE ammo. Thanks for any answers!

    #2
    Do the new enblocs have a rough finish to them ? If so, get some steel wool and polish them, inside and outside.
    Try to stick to USGI enblocs in the future. Personally, I don't field strip the rifle after shooting, it I just clean the barrel.
    Now if I'm stuck out the rain and the rifle is wet, I will strip it down and dry it out and lube it.
    Last edited by jak; 06-26-2018, 07:37 PM.

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      #3
      What is AE ammo? Other than Action Express 50 cal ammo I've never heard of it. Is it M1 Garand appropriate ammo or some sort of inappropriate commercial ammo? As far as the enblocs, it's quite/very common for you to have to bump the op rod handle to get the first round to feed after the bolt releases behind it, especially with new enblocs. Yes you can grab them and pull to take some tension off and DO follow jak's suggestion and buff them. You can also run them through a tumbler for an hour or so and use some light oil like RemOil on them. As far as cleaning, if you are sure your ammo is non-corrosive, you really just need to run a patch through the barrel and every so often use a chamber brush in the chamber. Every so often, lock the op rod/bolt back, remove the gas plug and run a damp patch of Hoppes or like in the gas cylinder followed by a dry patch. I generally go an entire shooting season without field stripping the rifle for it's Winter cleaning. My bedded NM 308 hasn't been apart for 5 years and I shoot it often. Remember that every time you remove the gas cylinder you cause wear and eventually you'll have to peen the barrel splines to tighten it back up and prevent rotational play that effects windage POI consistency.

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        #4
        Originally posted by lapriester View Post
        What is AE ammo?
        I think it's the American Eagle 150gr FMJ ammo.

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          #5
          Yes! Sorry, the AE I referred to is American Eagle Garand specific ammo. Thanks for the heads up on the cleaning, I really haven’t wanted to field strip it, although there seems to be a million YouTube videos on it that make it look easy but don’t really say how often you should or need to do so. I was feeling a little bummed about the Enblocks performance (even though they were just a buck or so per unit) but will work on getting those buggers “tuned up”. Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it. Is there any point in getting the rifle graded? I don’t really care about such things I guess, and for me it’s about having a working piece of history. Thanks again!

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            #6
            Are they USGI enblocs? I hope you got them from a reliable source. Are they marked on the bottom. If not or you got them at a Gunshow in one of those 10 for $10 plastic bag deals they are probably Chicom made clips and only good for recycling, at best.

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              #7
              Where are you located in OR. With weather issues I bet near the coast. I'm headed to my vacation home at La Pine, near Bend, for a couple of months this week. Going to fish my ass off.

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                #8
                I bought the clips from ammogarand.com, I think they were $1.50 each. Yeah man, I’m in Yamhill County close to the coast range and some fishing! Have fun in the warm country and good luck fishing! Going after bronze backs?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Nestucca View Post
                  I bought the clips from ammogarand.com, I think they were $1.50 each. Yeah man, I’m in Yamhill County close to the coast range and some fishing! Have fun in the warm country and good luck fishing! Going after bronze backs?
                  Kokanee and trout. Been here three days and have most of yard and cleanup work done. Test running the boat tomorrow and will hit it next week. We might head to Florence for 3-4 days soon and do some peir crabbing. I hear it's good in July/August. Did it about a decade ago in early June and it sucked. About got drowned in the constant rain, LOL. Ah, the Oregon coast in early spring. Quite an experience.

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                    #10
                    How often do you need to field strip it? Can I just run some patches through after firing it?
                    Most important is to have it properly greased first. Generally you don't (and in fact shouldn't) field-strip it after each use. A good grease stays put and doesn't need to be frequently re-applied frequently. The rifle should be good for some 500 rounds after proper and thorough lubrication.
                    As
                    lapriester said, it should be taken apart to be dried and then re-lubed if it gets wet to prevent corrosion. You'll also have to fire around 6-10 rounds after reassembly to settle it back into the stock. Point of impact will wander around at first.
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                      #11
                      Yes, that’s my next task, grease. The disassembly looks a bit more involved any advice?

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                        #12
                        For crabbing it’s either Garibaldi(crab harbor) in Tillamook Bay or Nestucca Bay.

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