M1A as a marksman's rifle?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sputnik1988, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Say I wanted to put together a, for lack of a better word, 'sniper' rifle. Would the M1A be a good choice? I'm not looking for a .5 MOA rifle, just something to punch holes in paper and shoot some targets at 3-400 yards, 5-600 max, maybe take the occasional deer. If I didn't want to spend a fortune and still have a nice accurate rifle would this be a reasonable choice? I know bolt guns are more accurate and normally cheaper but theres just something about an M14. I would like not to be in it over $1500 if possible. With say, a
    SWFA SS or comparable scope.

    I'd like any opinions.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the M1A in 308 is an excellent rifle and has been used in the M14 version as a sniper rifle. it is very accurate for a semi auto type rifle. Carlos Hathcock the famous Marine Corps sniper used one at Camp Perry to win a 1000 yard competition with open sights back in the early 60's.

    it's not a cheap rifle though. new they are in the $1400-2000 range depending on which one you get. plus adding a decent scope and mount, it will definately go over $1500. if you could find a decent one used, you might be able to get under $1500 with a scope and mount, but finding one could be hard right now.
     

  3. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Two sources for parts:

    Buymilsurp dot kom

    Sarcoinc dot kom


    Sounds great! Post some perforated targets.
     
  4. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    My opinion might be biased, but I think the M1A would be a great choice for a "marksman's" rifle. There is a lot you can do with one. I have the SA NM version.
     

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  5. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    We all used the for competition and they were only fairly recently (my lifetime) replaced by "mouseguns." Free float the barrel and put National Match sights or a decent scope on it, polish the trigger, get or load great ammo, and you're good to go.
     
  6. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    Yep, there is a lot you can do with them.
     
  7. frito

    frito New Member

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    I love my M1A. Shoots great with open sights. I did try to mount a scope, but couldn't ever get decent check weld.
     
  8. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Cheek weld -- yes. The old GI MRT Garand/M-14 lace-on leather stock attachments with felt inserts sorta help. A tad.