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    M2 in bolt actions but what if?

    Its been said that M2 ball has an OAL set for M1 and MGs and it causes feeding issues in bolt action rifles. now as a reloader could you just chuck em in the press and set the bullet a little deeper?

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    Do you mean in non military rifles? It works great in my 03a3.
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    I've read it was just in bolt actions, no rifles in particular.

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    M-2 Ball should work in most commercial bolt action rifles. Seating the bullet deeper would be a problem.

    1. The crimp would resist deeper seating. You may end up with some collapsed shoulders/necks.

    2. If there was any sealant on the bullet it would give similar problems to the crimp issue.

    3. Seating the bullet deeper can raise pressures, perhaps to dangerous levels.

    If your rifle will not work with M-2 ball, get a different rifle or shoot different ammo.
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    Never had a problem with Lake City M2 Ball in my m1917 and 1903A1. Can't remember if I ever got around to shooting the Korean M2 ball I have though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robocop10mm View Post
    M-2 Ball should work in most commercial bolt action rifles. Seating the bullet deeper would be a problem.

    1. The crimp would resist deeper seating. You may end up with some collapsed shoulders/necks.

    2. If there was any sealant on the bullet it would give similar problems to the crimp issue.

    3. Seating the bullet deeper can raise pressures, perhaps to dangerous levels.

    If your rifle will not work with M-2 ball, get a different rifle or shoot different ammo.
    I agree... never heard of any problem with civilian bolt actions firing this round. Wonder where that BS started?

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    I have shot some m-2 30-06 through my smith corona 03a3 with no issues. I don't really buy that it does not work in bolt guns.

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    My 1903's do not have any trouble with M2 ball.
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