Soft point will mostly likely deform when loading from the magazine. Also, 180gr commercial loads are too hot for the M14 gas system. Even 175gr match loads tend to beat up on the op-rod a bit.
I have fired many 180 grain bullets Mexican Match loaded on M118 loads without problems. I found this load shot well in my M14NM rifle at 600 and 1000 yards. However, the 180 doesn't always perform with good accuracy in all rifles. The 175 grain Match King was designed to perform similar to the M118 173 grain Match bullet and is not considered a heavy load for the M14. Over the many years I've been shooting in competition, I found that the M1 and M14 rifles will handle anything up to 185 grains (Lapua), but shooting 190's requires some modifications to the gas system. Loads should be kept to the 2550 to 2650 fps range.TEA said:Soft point will mostly likely deform when loading from the magazine. Also, 180gr commercial loads are too hot for the M14 gas system. Even 175gr match loads tend to beat up on the op-rod a bit.
good ideal: "...factory hunting loads from black hills in it. They have barnes x bullets..."m14dan said:Try the factory hunting loads from black hills in it. They have barnes x bullets and a few others that are safe in the m14. Just keep it under 175 grain. I use cast bullets al the time and solid copper x bullets too. I've never had a problem with either. Bullet shape does have a lot to do with it. The nose needs to enter the chamber and not the back of the barrel or it will be deformed a little but normally it's not a problem. All of my loads work perfectly fwiw. Even the 175 grain cast lead bullet.
I've used them in my Garand, which has a finicky gas system compared to the M14, so I'd imagine that they'd work fine in an M14 type rifle, too. Not much exposed lead, so there isn't a lot to deform during feeding.justshoot said:remington 150gr cor-lock have worked for me.try them I hope they work for you too.
LOL I hate it when things like that happen.Dizos said:My Springfield M1A bolt spontaneously disassembled after the third shot using 180gr Core-Lokt while sighting in for a hunt a couple years ago. Coincidence?