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New M1A Range Report (sorta) & Pics

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jason_G, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Well I finally got around to finding a card reader to get my pics onto my computer. Yes, my camera is craptacular, so the pics aren't that spiffy, but hey- what can I do? I can't afford a new camera, I just bought a friggin' M1A! :uhoh:

    Though I have lusted for years, this is my first M1A. It's a Loaded. It was ordered with the NM style flash hider, but shipped with the CA brake. No biggie as I was thinking of getting a FH with a bayo lug anyway.

    Here she is:

    I also sighted it in today for the first time. It was sort of impromptu, my dad was headed out to our deer lease so I went with him to sight it in. I didn't have any targets, and the only rounds I had were some silver box Winchester 150 gr soft points, but I figured I'd at least get the thing on paper.

    Here's my make-shift target. Paper plate. In LA, the woods are pretty thick, and I intend to hunt with this rifle this year, so I only sighted it in at 50 yds.
    Most of the scattered rounds you see are me and my dad taking turns shooting, just getting a feel for the trigger and playing with the sights. Once I was satisfied that the rounds were all landing on the plate, I settled down and really tried to see what the rifle would do. I figured I needed something smaller to aim at, so I dabbed some mud on the center of the plate. The 5 round group to the right of the mud was my first "serious" group. After that I adjusted the windage 3 clicks left and one full click up, and shot the two shot group to the left of the mud. I was going to adjust it a click back to the right and see what it would do, but I was out of ammo.

    Here's a pic of the target: (yes I have the ugliest counter tops known to man)

    Recoil was impressively mild. This is my first .308/7.62, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Very tame recoil.

    Overall, I am highly impressed with my new rifle. Shot like a dream and was every bit as accurate as I had hoped. Those two groups showed me what the rifle is capable of. I can only imagine that it will shoot even better with better quality ammo and more familiarization with the rifle. It's yet to be seen how it will perform as far as durability, but performance-wise I am very happy with it so far.

  2. wcwhitey

    wcwhitey Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the club. A great rifle and well worth the investment. Bill
  3. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    I hope you get many years of enjoyment out of your rifle.
  4. lionking

    lionking Well-Known Member

    very nice and the photo looks good also.:)
  5. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member


    What is that brown stuff on the plate?

    I hope it's chili.....

    Oh, gorgeous rifle!
  6. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Red mud. I dabbed a little on there just so I could have something smaller than a pie plate to aim at once I was satisfied that everything was working fine and all the rounds were landing on the plate. That mud is what I was aiming at when I shot those two groups that are boxed in. I was still adjusting the sights but ran out of ammo. I'll order some better ammo this week and try it at 100 yds I think.

    BTW, appreciate the replies everybody. This is one of those that I have been wanting for a long time.

  7. MarshallDodge

    MarshallDodge Well-Known Member

    Nice gun.

    Next time take your pictures outdoors on a slightly overcast day so we can see your gun in all of it's beauty. :cool:

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