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sighting in my springfield M1A scout?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by garrett1983, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. garrett1983

    garrett1983 New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    so my family bought me a springfield M1A scout in .308 for getting out of the USMC infantry in one piece. I pick it up this weekend and plan to sight in the factory iron sights on it (i cannot yet afford the optic i plan to put on it). My question is this, I am familiar with the .223 and how to sight it in to pinpoint accuracy. I have never shot a .308. At what distance should I sight my rifle in to? I dont plan to hunt with it immediatley i am more conserned with just learning the rifle at first and getting used to firing it. I read an article on the interenet saying i should sight it at 200 yards because a .308 will shoot staight til 200 then drop dramaticly, is this true? what is the trajectory of a .308 round? for general purpose who recommeds what distance? who has a rifle like mine and what cool and great things do you have to say about it? what optics does anyone with expierience recommend?
  2. glockman19

    glockman19 Senior Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    My M1A is sighted in at 200 yards. the trajectory of the 7.62/.308 round makes a zero at 50 and 210 yards. Your shot should be 1.5" high @ 100 yards.
  3. Swampy

    Swampy Active Member

    Apr 1, 2003
    SouthWest MO

    IIRC, Battle Zero for the 7.62 Nato M80 is about 300 yards..... this will keep all shots on an 8" diameter target from the muzzle out to about 385 yards. Beyond that, you'll need to hold over or come up on the sights to stay in the 8" target.


    Garands forever
  4. ar10

    ar10 Participating Member

    May 23, 2007
    I have an AR10B I bought NIB about 4yrs ago. When I got it I just went to the 150ft range to break it in and learn how to shoot it. It was a lot of fun and I fiddled with the front/rear sights until I got used to them. Since I roll my own I developed loads and move to the 100yd range. Once I got my best loads I moved to the 200 then 300yd range and that's where I'm at now. Next year a couple of us are heading up to CMP and shooting the 500+ range. I can't mount a scope on mine because of the charging trigger so anything over 500yds is going to be real interesting.
    My point is just shoot it and have fun with it. Play with the sights and figure out what's comfortable for you. I wouldn't worry too much about accuracy yet. :(

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