I have a Springfield Armoury M1A1 SOCOM that pretty much does everything I need/want. its built like a tank and very accurate. price isn't too bad either. Consider checking them out....don't think you will be disappointed. I also have the full sized version M1A1 match....
parts are very readily available...you can dress it out to your hearts content with whatever accessory you want and above all...its deal reliable in all weather conditions.
"A Nation of Sheep will beget a Government of Wolves."
Edward R. Murrow
Have you considered a BLR .308? I have one that my father in law found at a garge sale, paid $300, things was still wrapped in grease covered paper. Shoot's sub MOA which is 3 times better then any BAR I have ever owned.
Classic Arms has them for $1100, and one other place (Atlantic?). All that pretty wood makes them look more like an M1A than an AK. Supposedly they shoot very well, I have never handled one myself (but would very much like to).
Edit - whoops, post wasted, I guess he already picked one.