I have bought what appears to be a standard - loaded with the medium weight stainless barrel. It is not a Supermatch. I get to pick it up tomorrow, so I'll have more time to look into it's details. It is a pre-owned rifle, but looks like it was barely (if ever) fired. It comes with a nice bi-pod already on it.
I'l post photos Tuesday evening after I get it home. I am very excited about this acquisition.
I have ordered 500 rounds of the Federal 7.61 x 51 NATO stamped ammo. They are 150 grain bullets. I load my Garand and 1903-A3 with the 165 grain bullets.
I do have the latest Hornady loading manual. I have been using IMR-4064 for my .30-06 loads for 30 years, but I look into the 4895 for the 7.62x51 M1A.
I am overly anal about trimming rifle cases. I do it every time, whether they need it or not!
Now, I have assumed that I should only use the military 7.62x51 brass, either from my lot of purchased Federal, or range pick-ups. I am somthing of a range rat and I do pick up a lot of range brass for re-loading. I see a lot of .308 brass lying unclaimed at the range, but I have assumed that I should not try to reload these for the M1A - any comments?
I am going to try the standard .308 dies first and see how they work, if I need to I will buy a small base rsizing die later.
Now, recommendations on magazines. Springfield mags are VERY expensve, how about the CMI magazines?
Later I intend to scope this rifle for longer range shooting - any recommendations on scope mounting systems?