M1 Garand: .35 Whelen Conversion

Converting John Garand’s self-loading rifle to a potent medium bore cartridge. Here’s how to sporterize a World War II battlefield classic.

by Glen C. Busse

This article is a written overview of performing a caliber conversion on the M1 Garand for those with machine shop knowledge and an understanding of M1 operation and assembly. I disassembled an as-issued M1 and replaced the military barrel with an Adams & Bennett short-chambered .35 Whelen barrel threaded for a Mauser action.

Read more in the July 2016 issue.

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