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I know the rule for bullet weight in M1As is to stay less than 175. The M118LR is 173, but does anyone know if it is good for the M1A?

I know that the M24 bolt action is in use, but is the M118LR you can get from the CMP a "bolt action only round" or safe to use in a M1A without beating the heck out of it.
 

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Many use the M118LR in the M14 type rifle. Even David Tubb talks about using them and also what he calls Mexican Match; where you pull the bullet and replace it with a 168 Sierra. The 175's or 173's will be better at distances over 600yrds. There was some squawk a few years ago when they switched powders from 4895 to R-15. I use R-15 in my 14 hand loads with great results. Most think this powder is to slow for the M14 rifle. I love it for bullets 168 grains and higher, my M14 loves the stuff. No damage here after thousands of rounds.
I have not shot Matches in the past few years so others here may help in your decision on the best Match round. I don't know what the commercial ammo makers use in their 175 or 168 rounds. They don't like to tell. I do know folks use them in both the M14 type rifle, as well as bolt rifles.
 
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