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Both M1A's and M1 Garrands are good rifles. So it will come down which caliber you want. I personally like both calibers (.308 Win. & .30-06) and the decision would be hard for me. New Springfield M1A's go for about $1800.00 or more. The new Springfield M1 Garrands go around the same or a bit more. Fulton Armory and Smith Enterprise M1A's are even more due to the fact that I believe they use forged recievers instead of SAI's (Springfield Armory Incorporated) investment cast recievers and are more of a "Custom build" rifle. Also Mccann Industries makes a M1 Garrand in .458 Winchester and .338 Winchester versions. I believe these are intended for hunting guide rifles. Both M1A and M1 Garrand have the same "garrand type action" and are very robust. If you could swing it, and they both shoot and are in GOOD condition I'd snag both of them for those prices.
Fulton uses cast Springfield Armory Inc receivers, and Smith Ent is currently using LRB forged receivers (but they are tooling uo to reintroduce their own forged receivers, again. Nice!). And the current SAI Garands are cast receivers, while the USGI are all forged. At the prices quoted for these 2 rifles in the orig post, I'd buy both if they are as described.

Re; M14 clones, most are quite good. The Chinese guns get very high marks from Ron Smith (may need to change out the bolt, though), all the Springfield Armory M1A's have a lifetime guarantee no matter if orig owner or not, the Armscorp rifles are excellent, the Fed Ord rifles came in 2 configurations (USGI parts, or Chinese parts) and are fine either way. I'd have an Enterprise checked out by an M14 Armorer before buying. Some were awesome, and some way out of spec. And LRB is as good it gets.

One thing to keep in mind if you go with the Garand is that .30-06 surplus is drying up, and Garands in 06 are not intended for commercial ammo, which means you will be reloading M2 spec yourself, or converting to .308. When the CMP is out of Greek HXP 06 (already out of LC!) it will be awhile before cheap 06 surfaces again, if ever.

If you can post some pics and some specs of each, it will help figure out which is the best deal. Both are robust, accurate, durable rifles that will serve you well.
 

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Um, a life time warranty? I didn't know that. Thanks for your info! I'll have your post up when i'm checking out the rifle.

I can't buy both, just can't afford it. That's why i'm so torn. However my uncle will buy the M1 if I buy the M14, so I can always shoot it I guess.
If you can get the sn from the M1A, SAI can tell you if it was sold as a complete rifle, or a bare receiver. They warrant the receiver either way, but a whole SAI rifle is guaranteed for life.

And if it is a Springfield Armory M1A, $800 is a great deal. And an older M1A will have a better chance of being filled with USGI parts, instead of the commercial cast parts being mostly used by SAI today.
 

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Just as an aside, if a "real" Springfield Armory M14, you might wanna walk away quick. To my knowledge no M14's where ever released for private sale, not even class 3.
This is an excellent point. There seems to be quite a few "Original M14's" showing up for sale of late. I even saw a stripped, complete, re-welded TRW receiver on a table at a gunshow last month for $35. Ha.

The only LEGAL semi auto reweld M14's are the Hahn Machine, and there were not many of those around.

When using the word "Original" I am referring to USGI M14's that were converted to semi-auto, or to receiver halves that have been re-welded into working receivers/rifles. These should be avoided at all cost.

One quick way to tell is by looking to see if the oprod dismount notch is in the middle or the receiver, or near the rear of the receiver. Middle-bad, rear-good. Also make sure there is no provision (lug) on the bottom right of the receiver, for mounting a "go fast" kit.

When in doubt, pass on it.
 

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Ok the "M1a" is made by Polytech. Comes with five 20rd magazines, and 1000 rounds of Surplus ammo. He wants $800. Any advice?
Jump on it.

What is the ammo? If it is Indian (O.F.V.) with 70's dates on the headstamps it is fine. If it is OFV from the 80's or later, pull it apart for the components and reload it. Don't shoot Indian ammo after the mid 70's, but the primed brass and bullets are good.

Are the mags either USGI, or Chinese? Both are great. Pics?

Have the headspace checked (regularly), and if needed do a USGI bolt replacement. But it is not always required.

Can you post pics?
 

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Ok the "M1a" is made by Polytech. Comes with five 20rd magazines, and 1000 rounds of Surplus ammo. He wants $800. Any advice?
One more thing, the "Heel Marked" Poly's are considered the best of the Chinese M14's. Is this one stamped on the heel, or the side?
 

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It is a great deal, and you will not lose money on it. The Polys use forged receivers and are excellent.

The ammo alone is worth $.50-$.65 per rd (Unless it is 90's vint OFV), and decent 20rd mags sell for $25 and up. Hmm...

Sounds to me like you may be getting a free rifle tossed in if you buy the mags and ammo for $800.

Can you have it checked out before you commit? If so, do it, then buy it. If not, just buy it.

Hello? Free?
 
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