thanks for the help guys! i think i desided that if i can get it for between $600-$800 ill buy it.
All the shops in town want $1,000+ just cause its a Garand (if they even have one). the cmp charges $500-$600 for field grade m1's, "correct" m1's are $1,100
Field Grade Rifles. Most of these rifles have been refinished or rebuilt at least once while in military service and will likely have some parts from other manufacturers. Fair to good condition. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the finish; there may be some minor pitting on the metal parts; wood will be basically sound but may be well used with minor hairline cracks, and many dings, scratches and gouges; wood may not match in color, type of wood or condition. These rifles may have some foreign parts and wood may be Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety. Rifles do not have import marks. Bores will be generally good with only minor imperfections; the barrel crown may be nicked, and the muzzle may gauge more than “3” on muzzle gauge. The Throat Erosion will gauge less than 5 – well within US Army standards. Do not expect rifles in mint condition in this grade.
Manufacturer selection only guarantees the receiver was produced by the manufacturer listed. The barrel and the other parts may have been produced by other manufacturers. Rifles of all grades are packed for shipment purely by "luck of the draw".
that description doesnt really sound all that great for $500-$600, i would have to join a club (costs $100 a yr.), wait 3 months, and i dont get any choice. if i have to spend $600-$700 anyways, another couple of hundred bucks doesnt seem that bad to get a WWII era one with at least some matching parts.
as for barrel wear what about accuracy? i shot 15 out of 16 shots into a 2 liter bottle and it was the first time i ever shot a m1 (i missed with the first shot) i did the muzzle test using a 30-06 round i read on the web and it was better than the pics i seen. i ordered a muzzle wear gauge so ill check that before i buy... whats considered a good muzzle wear number? the field grade from the cmp says they are more than 3 and may have nicked crowns. (the one i want has a great looking crown)
Anything im missing??? like the 1911, information on the M1 can be overwhelming and confusing.......