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    Reloading for a m1917.

    Hello all.

    Just got myself a beautiful m1917 rifle at a gun show. She shoots rather well!

    I've got a shed load of 150grn fmj bullets that I bought a while back.

    Currently Im using just Varget. I have 2 .303's and a mosin and it works well in those. So trying to stick with that powder prefably.

    I've looked in my loading manuals and other information on hodgens website. The starting load seems to be around 46-48 grns varget. Was going to load a few up with that, but wandering weather any of you fine people have any more experience with varget?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I shoot a rather accurate M1917 in local matches and have owned several others. Mine seem to like 47 grains of Varget over a Sierra 150 grain FB FMJ. Brass is Greek HXP. Iíve used mostly CCI or Winchester large rifle primers. No pressure signs and the rifle groups very well. I always work my load up from 46.5 grains. Good luck the M1917 is one of my favorite mil surp to shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P246 View Post
    I shoot a rather accurate M1917 in local matches and have owned several others. Mine seem to like 47 grains of Varget over a Sierra 150 grain FB FMJ. Brass is Greek HXP. Iíve used mostly CCI or Winchester large rifle primers. No pressure signs and the rifle groups very well. I always work my load up from 46.5 grains. Good luck the M1917 is one of my favorite mil surp to shoot.
    Fantastic! Thanks for the advice! I'll load some up once I get the dies.

    I'll post up the results from my rifle, hopefully it will like it!

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    Hornady A-max 168gn works perfectly for me for years, also in my 1903a3 btw. Using Vithavuori N140 with a 43,5 gn loadout. Brass is mostly used S&B.

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    My M1917 loves a 150gr head traveling out at 2800fps. My usual load is 48gr of IMR 4895 with either a CCI 200 or Federal 210 primer. For 165-168gr heads I slow it back down to 2700fps with 48.1gr of IMR 4064. Brass is R-P, Win or Hornady.

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    Reloading for an M1917 is the same as any other .30-06. Same data. Same powders. You do get the neck size only with a bolt action, but you'll have to FL resize sooner or later.
    There is no "around 46-48 grns" though. The start load for a 150 grain jacketed bullet using Varget is 47.0. Max is 51.0.
    Only ever used IMR4064 with a 168 grain Hornady Match bullet out of a 1903A4, myself.

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