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Old May 14th, 2017, 09:12 AM   #1
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Hello,

I'm new to the Forum and although I've been hunting and shooting for 42 years, I'm new to distance (>300 yds) shooting and the M1a is new to me. My go-to rifle for the past 42 years has been a custom-made 6.5x.06 with an original Mauser action and a heavy-duty Douglas barrel. A few years ago I upgraded the old Redfield 6x with a Leupold VX-6 3-18x50mm and had custom dial built for the 120 grain Nosler ballistic tips I've always loaded for it.

Last year however I wanted a battle rifle that would reach out 600-800 yards accurately. I sold a few things and bought a new Springfield Super Match with the black McMillan fiberglass stock. I have really liked the VX-6 I have on my 6.5 and wanted something comparable for the new M1a. After waiting 2 months for them to arrive in this country, I finally got my Leupold 4-24x52mm VX-6HD. I mounted it using a Sadlak Airborne model side mount.

I struggled with the inability to mount a bi-pod on this rig due to the riveted sling mount and the bedded barrel but after reading a lot of posts in this forum, I realize sand bags are probably a better option for me anyway.

I have two things I would appreciate input on. I'm looking for a good cheek riser, as the Mark 4 34mm 'high' rings are...well, high. I'd like something that offers a bit of form as well as function. I've seen pics of some nice ones on the internet but haven't been able to figure out the manufacturer of any I like. I'm also struggling with whether to order my custom dial for this optic based on the American Eagle M1a 168 grain rounds that I've been stocking up or to wait until I've had time to try some of the loads I've seen in this forum.

Thanks in advance for your time and am happy to have found this forum.

Mark
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Welcome to the forum! I have a Voodoo Tactical nylon strap-on riser on a couple of mine and like it a lot and its inexpensive, but admittedly low tech. Nice rifle.

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I have a Voodoo Tactical nylon strap-on riser .
This for me too, and welcome to the group.


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Nice photos of your M1A. How does she shoot?

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About the 'custom dial' for the scope - it all depends on how you'll use the rifle, and what function the dial provides.

Is the dial for elevation, where you find a good 100/200 yard zero and then postion the dial for that distance? And then the dial is graduated for longer distances for a particular ammo?
If that's how it works, then the dial should be good for (my guess) a plus/minus 1 moa zero for longer distances - provided you know the exact distance.
Does the scope have some sort of distance 'ranging' function that you'd be using?

If you're shooting at 'known distance' targets, then it's pretty simple to just have a small sheet of paper with the sight settings for each distance written on it. Online trajectory calculators such as JBM
( http://www.mega.nu:8080/traj.html ) are very good for getting the elev settings. You need the bullet MV and BC, and the height of the scope centerline above the bore centerline.

For 'precise zero' the best way is to actually shoot at that distance at that location.

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Hello,

I'm new to the Forum and although I've been hunting and shooting for 42 years, I'm new to distance (>300 yds) shooting and the M1a is new to me. My go-to rifle for the past 42 years has been a custom-made 6.5x.06 with an original Mauser action and a heavy-duty Douglas barrel. A few years ago I upgraded the old Redfield 6x with a Leupold VX-6 3-18x50mm and had custom dial built for the 120 grain Nosler ballistic tips I've always loaded for it.

Last year however I wanted a battle rifle that would reach out 600-800 yards accurately. I sold a few things and bought a new Springfield Super Match with the black McMillan fiberglass stock. I have really liked the VX-6 I have on my 6.5 and wanted something comparable for the new M1a. After waiting 2 months for them to arrive in this country, I finally got my Leupold 4-24x52mm VX-6HD. I mounted it using a Sadlak Airborne model side mount.

I struggled with the inability to mount a bi-pod on this rig due to the riveted sling mount and the bedded barrel but after reading a lot of posts in this forum, I realize sand bags are probably a better option for me anyway.

I have two things I would appreciate input on. I'm looking for a good cheek riser, as the Mark 4 34mm 'high' rings are...well, high. I'd like something that offers a bit of form as well as function. I've seen pics of some nice ones on the internet but haven't been able to figure out the manufacturer of any I like. I'm also struggling with whether to order my custom dial for this optic based on the American Eagle M1a 168 grain rounds that I've been stocking up or to wait until I've had time to try some of the loads I've seen in this forum.

Thanks in advance for your time and am happy to have found this forum.

Mark
You've got enough room to use medium rings or even low rings with your scope from your pics. Dropping your scope height down may give you a better check to stock contact. That's what I did so I don't need a cheek riser on my M14. I use a Caldwell bag rest instead of altering my rifle. Works great for handgun and rifle range shooting.

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Welcome to the forum! I have a Voodoo Tactical nylon strap-on riser on a couple of mine and like it a lot and its inexpensive, but admittedly low tech. Nice rifle.
Me too two. Welcome.

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Old May 14th, 2017, 03:42 PM   #12
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Welcome, and congrats on your new rifle. I have a US palms cheek riser, risers are like boots pick what is most comfortable to you.

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Old May 14th, 2017, 08:02 PM   #14
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Welcome from Idaho.
This is a great site for info. on our beloved M14?M1A. I also use a US palm check piece and a ARMs #18 mount with med Rings. Sight in with you good using ammo at all ranges that you will shoot and make a range card.
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