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Model 1917 Bullet weight

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Model 1917 Bullet weight

#1 Post by Vandervecken » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:49 pm

My 4/18 barreled us 1917 Really does prefer 180gr flat base bullets over 168gr smk's. So what does yours like ?

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#2 Post by Rapidrob » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:17 am

M-118 175 grain shoots great at 800 yards.
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#3 Post by Smokey » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:29 am

One M1917 I worked with 40 years ago had the original bbl. It shot extremely well with 165gr boat tails. Ten shots into a cluster 1 x 1.5 inches.
More recently I worked with one having a JA 2-groove bbl. After some internal polishing it shoots 1 to 1.5 inch groups with 147gr FMJBT surplus bullets.

In my opinion this was a better combat rifle than the M1903 Springfield, and far safer.
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#4 Post by reivertom » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:24 pm

Mine likes the round nose Sierra hunting bullets in 220 grain. I also have some 180 gr. round nose, but haven't shot them yet. Mine is a Remington sporter with the original barrel, and I hadn't had much luck in getting it to group well. I heard they do better with the flat base round nose bullets because they have more bearing surface on the rifling. They helped tighten up the groups enough to sell me on them for the m17. Every rifle has its own quirks, so your mileage may vary, as they say.

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#5 Post by Hammerdown » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:43 am

Speer Hot-Cor 180gr. very good accuracy.
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#6 Post by boltactionbill » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:15 pm

My Winchester M1917 has always shot moa with my standard M2 150gr recreation. However lately it is loving the Hornady 165gr spitzer loaded to M2 velocity! I try and always load a flat base bullet for this rifle regardless of the weight, this rifle just seems to like them better.

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