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I would like to get an Springfield Armory M1A Standard. I went today to the gun store and got one priced at $1,389. I don't mind paying that for the rifle but I got to thinking what I will use it for. I have a Bushmaster 20" AR right now. Do y'all that own an M1A and an AR ever find yourself debating which one to take and which to leave behind? I don't want to end up buying this M1A if I'm never going to want to use my AR anymore.

I figure that I could use the M1A if I ever know that I will need more punch than the AR but rarely do you KNOW what caliber you will need in the woods.

If anyone can help influence my choice it is appreciated.
 
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The M1A is a great MBR. (I have a Garand) Very well made and battle proven.

An AR in 308 will get you there cheaper and 3 pounds lighter.

In 5.56 you could get a rifle and 500 rounds of ball ammo for the price of the M1A.

But 5.56 you'd be limited to 400M or less.

With the .308's, 600m or better in the right hands all day.


If it was me, I'd get the AR in 308.

Jim
 

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The question is what do you want to do with the rifle? Hunting? Plinking? Serious target shooting? Are you looking for a MBR for a EOTWAWKI situation? What are your intended tangos? Blue helmeted UN Storm Troopers, maurading Zombies or to fend off alien Retoids from the planet Xernerax? You said something about the woods. Well, you ain't gonna be doing many 600 yard shots in a forest. Are you planning on using it to hunt deer or hog? Then a 308 will be head and shoulders over a 223.

The best reason to buy a gun that you have no real need for is because A) you can and B) it is cool.

I own a M1A and have shot a few AR10s. I'll take the M1A.
 
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1943 Springfield M1A Garand --

New wood, "reconditioned" and "accurized." It's a "target gun" for CMP.

I found a 1943 PAL bayo for it, cut down.

There's a 50 cal ammo can full of Garand clips for this gun. I rarely shoot it. It's a "safe queen." Sits in the back of the rack and appreciates. I paid $600 for it.

That said, it's one hell of a gun and I'd never sell it. I take it out and caress it. Also I post "bragging rights" about it -- like this here.

It's a great shooter. But like children, I don't compare it to something else.

They're all different. And they're all my children.
 
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if you just want the extra punch get a upper for your ar in 6.8 spc. all you need to do after that is click on the upper and change out your magazine followers
 
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JimBianchi said:
The M1A is a great MBR. (I have a Garand) Very well made and battle proven.

An AR in 308 will get you there cheaper and 3 pounds lighter.

In 5.56 you could get a rifle and 500 rounds of ball ammo for the price of the M1A.

But 5.56 you'd be limited to 400M or less.

With the .308's, 600m or better in the right hands all day.


If it was me, I'd get the AR in 308.

Jim
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Hello Jim,
whompuss here. I like your choice of the AR in 308. The 308 is great for target, defense and hunting. a 100% all around choice.
Congrats on your career in the Air Force, my youngest, age 35, is nearing 14 years, justed tested for Master Sgt. He's in the sand box for the third time now, this time working for the Army. He was combat arms for 11 1/2 years, switched to OSI, now screwed with Army orders for a 9 month tour attached to 82nd at Ft Bragg. You know what that means, beard, long hair, wears dress and towel head, has to take orders from some Delta Force weiner head. Good news is since he looks like a sand maggot he carries an AK so he looks the part. Also 45 side arm. Good firepower. Hope he makes it back safe, third time the charm? He's done two short tours in Korea, now three in Iraq, he should be exempt from further deploy once he gets back.

Humor: I was working in Augusta, GA yesterday, driving down the street, two neighbors out in the yard chatting. One house had the Army flag, the other Semper Fi. I stopped and chatted, both had kids in Iraq like me. We had a good time with the typical friendly insults between the three services. One thing this war has done is to bring active service and vets back together.

God Bless all our troops.
 
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I am a gun nut and have a LOT of guns, all different kinds, lots of rifles, lots of pistols and a few shotguns. I have them because I WANT them, thats it. I don't feel I have to justify buying or owning another one. I guess what I'm trying to say, buy a M1A and still keep your AR 15. No biggie. Take em BOTH with you when you go shooting or hunting. I often take several with me hunting. I may want to shoot my Browning BAR .280 today, or maby me Ruger M77 .257 roberts, or mabe my Remington 700 BDL 30.06 tomorrow, My 700 Mountial Rifle in the .280. Or to heck with a scoped rifle, maby today I'll shoot one of my Lever action Winchesters or Marlins. I mean heck, variaty is the spice of life. The Springfield M1A is one I do not have but am "lusting" after and WILL own one of these days. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
 

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Here I am, an old USAF AMMO troop just wanting answers. I am trying to decide myself among, AR-10, AR-15, or M-1A. Can't decide really, like all of them.

I like the 308 cartridge, always have, reload the heck out of it for my heavy barrelled rifles. So, do I go AR or M-1A? then you throw in the very reasonble prices on AR-15's in 223. of course, ar's are easier to scope.

You know, I doubt I will ever have to shoot or have ability to shoot over about 400 yards, I'm 53 and i'm looking more for the uitility rifle, self-defense, coyotes on the farm type stuff and a SHTF if that happens. the 223 would do all that, but you know, an AR-10A3 would be just too cool.

i'm going to arkansas tomorrow to a gun shop that has a few of each and i'll decide then..
 
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Critch said:
Here I am, an old USAF AMMO troop just wanting answers. I am trying to decide myself among, AR-10, AR-15, or M-1A. Can't decide really, like all of them.

I like the 308 cartridge, always have, reload the heck out of it for my heavy barrelled rifles. So, do I go AR or M-1A? then you throw in the very reasonble prices on AR-15's in 223. of course, ar's are easier to scope.

You know, I doubt I will ever have to shoot or have ability to shoot over about 400 yards, I'm 53 and i'm looking more for the uitility rifle, self-defense, coyotes on the farm type stuff and a SHTF if that happens. the 223 would do all that, but you know, an AR-10A3 would be just too cool.

i'm going to arkansas tomorrow to a gun shop that has a few of each and i'll decide then..
for a plinker / self defense you should go with the 223 ar. it doesnt over penetrate if your in close and you can reload it pretty dman cheap
 
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I have both...and there is no problem deciding which to use. It depends on which one I have more ammo for at the time. Have a Colt Match H-Bar with a Colt 4x21 scope and a SA M14-M1A with the 6x SA scope. Also depends on what I am doing...coyotes means AR-15, Deer means M1A.
 

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I have had both for use on LEO duty...as a patrol rifle that I might clear a building with or be holding for awhile, I'll take the CAR-15/M-4. If I absolutely knew that I was going to be in a shootout and when...M14 any day of the week. Awesome rifle.

You talked about hunting..these are generally combat/L.E. rifles. They are good for hunting alright...good for hunting bad guys.

Personally, I would get both...damn the credit card anyway!
 
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