Originally Posted by Axxe55
but they also expended the same amount of effort on all rifles they use for a sniper platform. even the bolt action sniper rifles get a lot of work and attention.
but i agree, that now they can put together an AR rifle that's either just as accurate or more accurate, much easier than what they have to do to an M14 to gain the same amount of accuracy.
but i still think most M1A's are still more accurate than most people can shoot. but in all honesty, IMO that really applies to most rifles in general.
The problem is the bedding needs to be redone frequently as does scope mount and scope readjustment from loss of zero, where bolt guns were lower maintenance. The biggest weakness of the M14/M1a as a prescision platform is the open action and clamp-in action to stock interface, combined with the wood stock. It gives too much flex, and variation with temp changes and humidity changes.
Newer fielded versions employed as designated marksman rifles and sniper rifles use entirely new stock or chassis systems to overcome these problems, and reduce the frequency of that maintenance. The problem is that these chassis cost almost as much as the rifle or more. So for the average person, they drop between $1200-$2000 on a rifle then have to buy a chasis for close to or over a grand in addition. Then add an optic. For $2200-$3000 one could have a heck of a .308 AR and optic.