This is a discussion on New guy seeking Springfield M1A purchase advice within the Modern M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Originally Posted by BennyS
I have a standard Scout Squad, I use American Eagle 7.62 the box marked for M1a. Accurate,clean and dependable
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I just picked up my first yesterday, it's a new loaded with walnut and blued. My next will be a scout squad. But I'm a traditionalist and had to have the 22in barrel. I went with the loaded over the std because the shop I purchased it from had a few on the rack. A standard, a scout and a NM. The NM was out of my range dollars wise (at this time), I wanted the traditional length so, I looked at the std. I liked everything about it but the price was only 149$$ less than ordering the loaded. I believe if I wanted to upgrade the std with the NM goodies it'd cost a heck of a lot more. I couldn't pass on the loaded.
Good luck and keep your powder dry !!
I love my loaded model, it can out shoot me and I have done nothing to it but shoot clean repeat. Yes I no this thread is 5 years old.
I've got the loaded with the archangel stock from the factory. I haven't been able to take it out to a real range but just took it to an indoor range and shot at 25yrds just to make sure my scope was zeroed.
Each of the 4 targets had 10 rounds except the center spot.
A couple of the flyers were because I forgot to adjust for shooting at 25yrds w the zero at 100. (.7" according the my phone app.)
I need to take it out to a real range and shoot from a proper bench or prone.
I didn't do as much homework as you did, but I do relate to you in what you want out of a rifle. After modifying two colt m4's I decided that I wanted a standard length m1a and all that jazz. The cool thing about the M1a platform is that there is not much to upgrade unless you REALLY want to.
I saw a deal for a standard and grabbed it, however in hindsight I would of gone for the loaded.
I believe the loaded would suit you best, just make sure to get the 22" barrel version. The national match is nice however from what I read I find it too "high maintenance" of a rifle.
The only thing I have upgraded on my rifle is the national match guide spring and I will later upgrade the extractor but that is all that I care to do on this rifle
It is highly accurate in the standard model. That is my opinion but I can't seem to do the same things I do with this on paper on any other rifle platform.
As far as ammo selection, I have tried all Federal, Fiocchi, Hornady, and PPU. My rifle LOVES PPU. So that is what I stock up on as well as Federal m80 when it is on sale.
I think he just joined and revived this old thread.
I like the archangel. Its ugly but functional. Don't have to worry about bedding and its cheaper than a JAE. Also it was an impromptu buy. Had they had an M25 version... I'd have gotten that one instead.
Unlike Killa, this is my first and one day, I may end up with more.
I also wish I could own a 20rnd. Mag. Maybe one day...
For what your looking for a standard or loaded would be just fine. The extra money you save can be put to ammo and a few extra mags. I was in the same position on deciding on which version to get about a month ago. A member here let me shoot their standard model at a range before buying one and I would have been perfectly happy with that. I found a loaded model with a fiberglass stock at a good deal so went with that. I don't really think you could go wrong with either model for you purpose.
I just took mine to the range on Friday and with the three different range ammo brands that I tried the Federal XM80 7.62 x 51 mm NATO ball seemed to work the best. With this rifle you will have to try different ammo to see what it likes the best. You should be able to find some ammo that works well in the 60-80 cents range. There will be some match ammo that might shoot better but for general range time some standard NATO ball will do fine.
I am a newbie compared to others but feel free to take a look at some of my posts to see what you might be able to take from them.
I am really happy with my M1A purchase and look forward to building my next one up from scratch. There is nothing like shooting an M-14/M1A. There are several guys who had a chance to use them in the service of our or other countries (I know one of them) and they fell in love with them. There is a reason they are still around.
Good luck in you search and the members here, who have a lot more knowledge then I do, are more then willing to help out.