Believe it or not, there are a few companies that make gas plugs set up for this kind of thing, because the M1 is common in service rifle matches.LTUME1978 wrote: ↑Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:18 amThank you for the reply and information. I doubt I would run hunting ammo through it. I have some old 30-06 brass around and Starline tells me that they will start making 30-06 brass soon. 308 ammo is less expensive and more common. Where did you get the information about boring out the gas block?
Off the top of my head, Schuster makes an adjustable gas plug that allows you to tune it to a particular load for accuracy and reliability, they make a plug that is simply vented to bleed off gas, and they make a plug that is hollowed out to reduce pressure spikes in the gas cylinder. Different means to the same end.
I actually have the adjustable gas plug on my M14, and it's pretty cool. VERY soft shooter when the plug is tuned for whatever you're shooting.
I have the hollowed-out plug on my M1, and it does the job. Slows the speed of the operating rod, and therefore reduces battering of the moving parts (it also reduces felt recoil). The M1 has big, heavy components that are slamming into each other during the firing cycle, so reducing the velocity at which those parts are moving is paramount to preserving the life of the rifle.
7.62/.308 ammo is cheaper and easier to obtain than 30-06, no doubt. And I'm pretty sure that en bloc clips accept 7.62 ammo just fine. Now since you're set up for reloading, the cost differential basically goes out the window. You can reload each cartridge for basically the same price because they take the same slug (147 gr FMJ).
Ultimately, I think the only variable in play at this point is personal preference. That said, you can always get the rifle rebarreled if you pick up one and eventually decide to switch to the other chambering. Where are you located? If you want to meet up at a range somewhere, I have plenty of 30-06 we can run through my M1 so you can get the full experience and have a bit more information with which to work.