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sputnik1988 04-26-2012 08:48 AM

M1A as a marksman's rifle?
 
Say I wanted to put together a, for lack of a better word, 'sniper' rifle. Would the M1A be a good choice? I'm not looking for a .5 MOA rifle, just something to punch holes in paper and shoot some targets at 3-400 yards, 5-600 max, maybe take the occasional deer. If I didn't want to spend a fortune and still have a nice accurate rifle would this be a reasonable choice? I know bolt guns are more accurate and normally cheaper but theres just something about an M14. I would like not to be in it over $1500 if possible. With say, a
SWFA SS or comparable scope.

I'd like any opinions.

Axxe55 04-26-2012 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by sputnik1988 (Post 782434)
Say I wanted to put together a, for lack of a better word, 'sniper' rifle. Would the M1A be a good choice? I'm not looking for a .5 MOA rifle, just something to punch holes in paper and shoot some targets at 3-400 yards, 5-600 max, maybe take the occasional deer. If I didn't want to spend a fortune and still have a nice accurate rifle would this be a reasonable choice? I know bolt guns are more accurate and normally cheaper but theres just something about an M14. I would like not to be in it over $1500 if possible. With say, a
SWFA SS or comparable scope.

I'd like any opinions.

the M1A in 308 is an excellent rifle and has been used in the M14 version as a sniper rifle. it is very accurate for a semi auto type rifle. Carlos Hathcock the famous Marine Corps sniper used one at Camp Perry to win a 1000 yard competition with open sights back in the early 60's.

it's not a cheap rifle though. new they are in the $1400-2000 range depending on which one you get. plus adding a decent scope and mount, it will definately go over $1500. if you could find a decent one used, you might be able to get under $1500 with a scope and mount, but finding one could be hard right now.

therewolf 04-26-2012 01:29 PM

Two sources for parts:

Buymilsurp dot kom

Sarcoinc dot kom


Sounds great! Post some perforated targets.

BlueTurf 04-26-2012 09:59 PM

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My opinion might be biased, but I think the M1A would be a great choice for a "marksman's" rifle. There is a lot you can do with one. I have the SA NM version.

HockaLouis 04-26-2012 11:50 PM

We all used the for competition and they were only fairly recently (my lifetime) replaced by "mouseguns." Free float the barrel and put National Match sights or a decent scope on it, polish the trigger, get or load great ammo, and you're good to go.

BlueTurf 04-27-2012 01:53 AM

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Originally Posted by HockaLouis (Post 783110)
We all used the for competition and they were only fairly recently (my lifetime) replaced by "mouseguns." Free float the barrel and put National Match sights or a decent scope on it, polish the trigger, get or load great ammo, and you're good to go.

Yep, there is a lot you can do with them.

frito 04-27-2012 02:13 AM

I love my M1A. Shoots great with open sights. I did try to mount a scope, but couldn't ever get decent check weld.

HockaLouis 04-27-2012 04:27 AM

Cheek weld -- yes. The old GI MRT Garand/M-14 lace-on leather stock attachments with felt inserts sorta help. A tad.


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