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Hello,

I like to stick with one ammo consistently with my M1A loaded, so i'd like to get everyone's opinion. Which brand ammo is BEST for the M1A loaded? By best I mean:

Most reliable, most accurate, most clean shooting, and best for the longevity of the rifle.

Thanks so much!

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Hello,

I like to stick with one ammo consistently with my M1A loaded, so i'd like to get everyone's opinion. Which brand ammo is BEST for the M1A loaded? By best I mean:

Most reliable, most accurate, most clean shooting, and best for the longevity of the rifle.Thanks so much!

J

JHN, you sure aren't asking for much. I'm assuming you are talking factory ammo here, and not reloads. Getting one brand/type bullet that is the best in your four catagories above might be impossible. In other words, the most accurate cartridge might not be the cleanest shooting cart. Recently manufactured Mil-surp might be more reliable in adverse conditions because of the sealed primer/bullet. It certainly won't win accuracy awards against match type bullets. Now if accuracy is your game, buy a box each of the following all in 168 grain match bullets. Fed GMM, Fed OTM, Privi Partisan, and Black Hills Match. Shoot it in your rifle. Match that ammo above to your four criteria, and eliminate accordingly. Your particular rifle barrel will prefer one of the above, it might shoot dirty, your choice. Most of the brands above are pricey to shoot. Most here that shoot a lot, are reloaders. That's because we can "tailor"a round to meet your four criteria. dozier
 

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Nobody is going to tell you what the BEST ammo is for YOUR rifle. They can tell you what they like, what's reliable and accurate in their rifles... but you should buy a few different kinds and see what your rifle likes, IMO.

As far as best for the rifle, any quality, brass-cased 7.62x51 Nato, or commercial or handloads loaded to the same specs, will be ideal, IMO.

Most accurate is very subjective.
 

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German DAG. Get a few thousand rounds while it still exists on the market.

Cost wise the match ammo is absurd at $1/round or more. You will be too worried about your pocket book instead of just having a good time. If you are shooting at 600 yards then the match ammo is what you need. There is no excuse to be shooting match ammo at 100 yards. It's a waste. DAG is fantastic surplus 7.62 NATO ammunition. Probably the best with Radway Green up there as well.

Any quality NATO ammunition with a consistent velocity will produce good groups in a loaded M1A. DAG has consistent velocity as does Radway Green. These are what are currently available, along with some Portugese surplus from Samco. The DAG and RG outperform the Port by a large margin in all my M1As (SM and 2 NM rifles).

If your pockets are deep then 168 or 175 FGMM is difficult to beat. It's what I use for comparison with my handlaods, but handloads that outperform FGMM are not difficult to generate for a specific rifle.
 

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I won't be shooting long range (mainly because I don't have the skill). My main use for the rifle is hog hunting and shooting at the range between 80 to 100 yards. So accuracy isn't my first priority. My priority is actually picking an ammo that is GOOD FOR THE LONGEVITY OF THE RIFLE. Thoughts?
 

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German DAG for plinking and some 165 gr ballistic tip hunting rounds. I also have used Remington SP in .308 Win for hog myself. Dropped one and the others just sat around the dead body continuing to forage. Crazy little beasts....but they taste good if you add some pig fat to the meat while cooking it. A bit lean otherwise.
 
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my priority is actually picking an ammo that is good for the longevity of the rifle. Thoughts?
as far as best for the rifle, any quality, brass-cased 7.62x51 nato, or commercial or handloads loaded to the same specs, will be ideal, imo.
Also Hammonje's post above is a good one. RNGR2
 
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Also Hammonje's post above is a good one. RNGR2
For once!!!!!!!!!! Better right down the freakin' date and time. Take care 1k/day DI5

The American Eagle is OK. DAG is more accurate in my rifles. The AE brass is boxer-primed and so can be sold or used to reload. I would plink with DAG or RG surplus for about 42c/round shipped. I buy LC brass for reloading.

You have to understand....M1As got to eat man. A box or two of ammo is only an appetizer. If you want boxer-primed ammo than I would go Prvi Partizan M80 from Wideners in TN all the way. Cheaper. Accuracy is equivalent. You need to buy in quanity. A box here and there will cost you way too much cash.
 

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Research, still the best game in town......

Terrific! I bought some American Eagle Brand 7.62x51 ammo (the one that says "for M1A" on the box). What do yall think about this ammo?
JHN,

My NM M1A enjoy's it as if it were candy, As posted about. Try a little of everything, I have spent years testing out different Military surplus ammunition from around the world and I know what's good through my two M1A's with the scores to match.

Some of the Military surplus ammunition with scores. Plus all the different surplus ammunition can be seen here.

1, M118LR Lake City from 2003. Top score of 200-13X, on a SR-1 NRA standard 100 yard target, 1-20 round mag only with my NM M1A.
2, German DAG, surplus from 1993, 200-12X.
3, M118SB Lake City from 1963, 200-10X.
4, M852 Lake City from 1988, 200-10X.
5, Radway Green surplus from 1990, 200-10X.
6, M118SB Lake City from 1985, a 199-12X.
7, Australian MF surplus from 1966, 199-10X.
8, Portuguese m/963 surplus from 1979, a 199-10X.
9, Radway Green surplus from 1985, 198-12X.
10, Belgium surplus from 1977, 198-10X.
11, Bosnian surplus from 2003, 198-10X.
12, Radway Green surplus from 1995, 198-8X
13, South African surplus from 1980, 198-6X.
14, Santa Barbra surplus from 1980, 197-14X.
15, Argentine surplus from 1983, 197-8X.
16, German DAG, surplus from 1976, 197-8X.
17, Austria surplus from 1980, 197-6X.
18, Greek surplus from 1980, 197-6X.
19, German MEN 41, surplus from 1969, 197-6X.
20, Singapore surplus from 1986, 196-11X.
21, Israeli surplus from 1974, 196-10X.
22, Australian ADI surplus from 1988, 196-8X.
23, Bosnian M118 surplus from 2003, 196-8X.
24, Yugoslavia surplus from 2002, 196-6X.
25, Malaysian surplus from 1982, 195-6X.
26, Malaysian surplus from 1983, 194-9X.
27, Lithuanian surplus from 2003, 194-6X.
28, Yugoslavia surplus from 1989, 194-2X.
29, Venezuelan surplus from 1989, 194-2X.
30, Denmark, surplus from 1993, 193-2X.
31, Canadian, surplus from 1970, 192-8X.
32, Chilean, surplus from 1976, 191-4X.
33, Portuguese m/963 surplus from 1978, 190-4X.
34, Austria surplus from 1978, 190-3X.
35, South African surplus from 1981, 189-1X.
36, Pakistan military surplus from 1979. Score of 188-4X.
37, Indonesian surplus from 1985, 187-1X.

I hope that this will get you thinking in a bigger picture, plus my range reports may help here.DI5
 
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I hear a lot of good things about the Federal 168gr Match. Is this a .308 caliber or a 7.62x51 caliber? A .308 is more powerful than a 7.62x51, therefore shooting 7.62x51 is better for the longevity of my rifle, correct? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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I consistently get sub MOA groups with FGMM with my stock loaded M1A. Anything lighter than 168gr, my rifle hates.

Hornady A-Max is really good as well, and have had one sub MOA group with it, but it stays right at an inch at 100 yards for me. I hunt with that round, and it kills as dead as dead can be.
 
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