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Old March 15th, 2017, 09:34 AM   #1
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New here bought my first M1A yesterday

I have been looking for a new rifle for a very long time. I always wanted a semi auto but also justified this purchase by also using it for hunting. 308 should be great. 22" barrel is perfect for reaching out there and being accurate. I signed up so I can read and get some ideas/tips/etc. I am now in the search for a mount and scope. will need magazines and ammo as well. can't wait to learn a lot on here!

will this scope fit on my rifle?

http://vortexoptics.com/product/vort...eticle#reviews
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Old March 15th, 2017, 10:20 AM   #2
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Welcome, congratulations on the finest battle rifle ever made in our opinion. Yes that scope will most defiantly fit on your rifle. You will need to choose a mount and a set of rings. You are in the right place if knowledge is what your looking for.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 10:25 AM   #3
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Old March 15th, 2017, 10:33 AM   #4
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Old March 15th, 2017, 10:48 AM   #5
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Another welcome from CT.
You ask about magazines and if you mean for hunting deer, it all depends on how many deer you want. If you only want five deer get a five round mag. But if you want twenty deer, well then you'll need a twenty round mag. At least that's what I do.
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Old March 15th, 2017, 10:51 AM   #6
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That scope will fit your rifle. My favorite mount is made by Sadlak. There are other choices such as Bassett, Springfield Armory and some others.

I have three similar Vortex scopes as your choice mounted: 4-16x50mm Viper PST MRAD FFP, 2 each 6-24x50mm MRAD FFP. These are mounted on Sadlak Titanium mounts using medium height 30mm ARMS #22 quick release rings. I have another 3-30x56mm mounted on a Sadlak aluminum mount with 35mm medium height rings.

There is a very easy method to determine your ring height need for any optic objective diameter by unloading the weapon, placing it upright in a steady position and then stacking coins - pennies, dimes or nickels, etc. on top of the stripper clip guide and knowing the ring you want to use and its height (given by the manufacturer), the scope mount height (given by the manufacturer) and then measuring the stacked coin height to determine if the mount and rings you pick have enough height to clear the handguard.


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Now you have made a good decision in registering here this morning and most definite you came to the correct place to learn more about the M14 Battlerifle and military surplus ammunition for her nutritional dietary needs, welcome on board and enjoy the site and I hope you post often rovobay.



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Old March 15th, 2017, 12:20 PM   #8
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Wow thanks for all the replies. I have so many questions. this will be a great resource. I am blown away by some prices of various things. there has to be a delicate balance for between money spending on firearms and not totally pissing off the wife!

Here is what I was going to buy as far as mounts

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

do you find that when you zero your scope in, can you confidently remove the scope (for like brush hunting) to use the iron sights, and reattach the scope?

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Old March 15th, 2017, 01:02 PM   #9
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If you want to take you scope on and off like I do perhaps you should look up Bassett mounts. They keep there zero within a half inch or so at 100 yards. This is what it looks like with a 50mm leupold you mentioned a 50mm scope. I have had good luck with this set for hunting. I also like to just target shoot with the irons so this setup is perfect for me. As far as your wife goes this is an expensive hobby, buy her a purse or something. Lol
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Old March 15th, 2017, 01:06 PM   #10
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Most quality mounts allow for a somewhat repeatable zero, however I wouldn't rely on removing the scope, remounting it, and hunting without checking the zero. That's an animal, not a paper target.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 01:11 PM   #11
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I agree with that statement. While I always check and this was my first year with this set up I never had to adjust it.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 01:14 PM   #12
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Another thing that would help you is to go on youtube and watch TonyBen videos on the m1a he has detailed cleaning videos, scoping, assembly, disassembly. Very helpful to someone new to these rifles.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 01:18 PM   #13
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Old March 15th, 2017, 01:55 PM   #14
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http://www.bassettmachine.com/prod_smpr.htm

I am looking and starting to wonder if I do have the bassett high mount I may still be able to use the iron sights as well, but the bigger objective lens diameter might not make it so. perhaps a 44mm would work. would love to know if anyone has success with that set up.

I will search later when I get a chance

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Old March 15th, 2017, 02:53 PM   #15
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I use the high mount with a 50mm scope. The irons are some what obstructed by the
large bell on the scope.

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