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    M1 Garand Build

    Hello all,
    Great looking site!
    I am looking for advice on building a M1 Garand. I inherited a Winchester M1 Garand receiver dated Aug 1943 it looks to be in good shape. should I keep it all Winchester "I know the parts are more expensive." or should I just use Springfield parts for my build? My 14 year old son and I are going to build the rifle together to honor my father who passed unexpectedly.
    Thank you

    #2
    Is this your first garand ? I would ask "what are your plans for the rifle" ? Wall hanger ? Shooter ? Everybody wants a "correct, good shooting, good looking" rifle. You are correct in that restoring the garand to all Winchester parts would be expensive. Probably 99% of the population would not be able to tell if you had Winchester, Springfield, H&R. IHC or after market parts on the rifle. You can have a nice looking good shooting rifle with non-Winchester parts.
    Be aware that the bolt has to "headspaced" properly before firing the garand. You may have to ream the barrel or swap bolts to achieve proper headspace.
    Don't be afraid to ask for more advice during your build.

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    • SRM235
      SRM235 commented
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      I think we would be happy with a good "shooter" Yes I have been reading how important it is to have that proper head space! Do you think I should have a gunsmith do that for me or can we do that on our own?
      Thanks again for the info

    #3
    SRM235, You saw Orlando's comment in your other post. Orlando sells many excellent USGI parts that would be great for your build. AS for headspace...you can do that on your own if you are handy with tools, but you would have to borrow, buy or rent the tools or gauges. If you get a used barrel in very good shape, headspace may not be necessary. A brand new barrel would have to be reamed. If you get a used barrel, rent, borrow, or buy the gauges first and check headspace. Not all gunsmiths are knowledgeable about garands. Maybe you have friends that know about garands, you can attend a garand match in your area and ask around or depending on where you live, a forum member maybe can help.

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      #4
      Welcome aboard!!
      Welcome to the Addiction!

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