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BlueXJ 12-12-2011 02:01 PM

Experts opinions on M1 vs M14
Can someone with more knowledge than me (that would be almost anyone) list the differences in the two and the advantages of one over the other for hunting larger game (deer).

BlueTurf 12-12-2011 04:29 PM

I am by no means an expert on these rifles but I do own an M1A and know a little about the M1. They are both great-shooting rifles and very accurate. They are both heavy and wouldn't be my choice of rifle to lug around while hunting big game. The M1 shoots 30-06 and the M1A shoots 7.62x51/.308, both great cartridges for big game. The M14 action is basically an upgraded version of the M1, with a 20-round detachable magazine instead of the 8-round internal clip mechanism. There are other differences also. The only reason I said neither rifle would be my first choice for hunting is because I prefer a lighter bolt-action rifle with optics. I think both the M1 and M14 are fantastic battle rifles and a lot of fun to shoot.

EagleSix 12-12-2011 05:59 PM

For the purpose of deer, I think it would be 6 of 1, half dozen of the other! With the exception of the caliber. 308 (7.62 NATO) in the M-14 military/M1A1 Springfield Armory, would be adequate for deer, 30-06 in the M1 Garand (if that is what you meant), would be just a little more than the 308 and I think most would rate the 30-06 as more than adequate for deer.


trip286 12-12-2011 06:06 PM

Either one would serve fine for deer hunting. I believe there is a low cap mag for the M1A/M14. And I think it might be easier to scope the M1A/M14. I agree, 6 of one, half a dozen the other. This may just have to come down to personal preference.

I think .308 is cheaper too, but I haven't checked the prices lately, as I don't have either a .30-06 or .308.

EagleSix 12-12-2011 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by trip286 (Post 649931)
~snip~ I believe there is a low cap mag for the M1A/M14. ~snip~

......makes me think, might be a good idea to check your intended hunting area laws. The M1 Garand is an 8 shot magazine and might not be approved if your area restricts magazine count down to 5 rounds! Although most states I'm familiar with are 10 round magazines.


trip286 12-12-2011 07:14 PM

That's why I brought it up. I know there is a single shot adapter for the M1, some people use them in competitions. I think there is also a 5 round enbloc clip for the M1 but I don't know for sure.

c3shooter 12-12-2011 11:58 PM

There IS a 5 round en bloc for the Garand. You may need to do some hunting for one. When I lived in CO, rifles were limited to 5 rounds for hunting.

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