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Which Springfield M1A?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by W L Johnson, Dec 14, 2009.


Synthetic or wood M1A?

  1. Wood with 22" stainless barrel

    65 vote(s)
  2. Synthetic with 22" stainless barrel

    30 vote(s)
  1. W L Johnson

    W L Johnson Well-Known Member

    Alright, after years of wanting one I've almost come to the point of buying one. What I can't decide is about going with wood or synthetic. what I have settled on is 22" stainless barrel with nothing fancy. I am leaning toward wood because I love the look of wood with stainless. Intended use is nothing fancy, just to have.

    What do you think?
  2. Balrog

    Balrog Well-Known Member

    I would go with wood, mainly because it looks better. Plus, most military style rifles are going to be all black, so this one will be different.
  3. longdayjake

    longdayjake Well-Known Member

    There is no reason to get the synthetic unless you want your m1a as your mall ninja backup gun. If you are going to change the wooden stock that originally went on the rifle then put a sage stock on it or something. The look and feel of the wooden stock completely blows the synthetic out of the water. I liked the wood so much that I went and bought a wooden heat shield.

  4. harmonic

    harmonic member

    22" barrel length is too long for me. 16" is too short (SOCOM model).

    I'm seriously thinking about buying a Scout model. Wood stock, of course.
  5. W L Johnson

    W L Johnson Well-Known Member

    I already have 16" and 20" covered with 2 Armalite AR-10s.
  6. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    *** is up with the synthetic stock bashing? I can't think of a time I read that wood is Fudd, or the Camo hat for that matter.
    The only reason for synthetic is mall ninja backup, really?
    So those of us unwashed who have both are what schizophrenic?
  7. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    I generally like walnut. But hell, it's a military rifle. It's not like we're talking about Grade V walnut and a really elaborate stock design, here. The synthetic isn't "mall ninja" at all, to me. It says, "I'm a rifle to be USED, not a safe queen."

    So I personally can't say which one to get, other than whichever one you feel like. I might lean towards synthetic, since I have plenty of walnut already, and it could be a PITA to baby yet another gun, especially a military gun.

    There's something to be said for a gun that really doesn't require much babying, just like there's something to be said for a really pretty gun.:)
  8. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    Wood, as that is the only choice

    The choices of the poll were limited to wood or synthetic, else the same rifle. I prefer wood, it is a personal preference.

    That said, I would consider looking at the shorter barreled varieties of this rifle with the muzzle brake, as in side by side testing on the same day with 3 different testers we determined that followup shots were significantly faster with the brake-equipped rifle than they were with the flash hider equipped model.

    These are a fantastic rifle no matter which variant you get. I feel certain you will be happy.
  9. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    since there is no real "purpose" for the gun, i would say go with the wood stock. it's a classic look.
  10. Almond27

    Almond27 Well-Known Member

    I prefer Wood and think wood just fits a M1A better.
  11. Eightball

    Eightball Well-Known Member

    Wood's got soul to it. Synthetic, notsomuch.

    Picking up my Garand is just........mmmmmm-inducing.

    My AR15 may sure be practical, handy, and all that jazz.....

    .....but my M1 Carbine still just "feels" better.

    Outside of worrying about the wood swelling and affecting your accuracy, I can't think of a reason NOT to go with wood (unless it's on a F/A firearm, in which case wood catches on fire). Then again, I use the heck out of even my wood firearms, and if they get dings or dents....I look at it as "character marks" :D
  12. LoneStarWings

    LoneStarWings Well-Known Member

    Synthetic because it's lighter and will probably hold up the elements better.
  13. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    You can put the brake on the longer rifle, and followup shots will be faster, still.:)

    Personally, I don't much care for the stubby versions, since they're still quite heavy. Might as well have a real rifle in return for the weight, and .308 ballistics are mediocre enough with a full-length barrel. Why turn it into a .30-30?
  14. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    Short barreled 308 = 30-30, that's what the Guru's on the internet say so it must be true.
    So what is the equivalent to a 30-30 Contender or Encore pistol? 44mag?
  15. edSky

    edSky Well-Known Member

    I went with the wood & carbon barrel. Wood because it's what the M1A/M14 is all about. I am looking to get another M1A and I'm still having a hard time considering a fiberglass stock.
  16. desidog

    desidog Well-Known Member

    Get wood, then go to a gun show and get a synthetic stock for 20 bucks...that is what i did. The wood looks much better, but is heavier. For the range, she wears wood, for bushwhacking after deer and piggies, the beater synthetic goes on.

    I also got a wood handguard from brownells. couldn't stand the brown fiberglass....now it's painted white along with the GI synth stock for wintertime hunting. The SS barrel looks pretty sweet with the white get-up. I've been meaning to post some pics.
  17. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Of course, you're right. The .308 from a 16" barrel is still slightly more powerful than a .30-30 from a Marlin 336.

    A 168 grain bullet from a 16" .308 will have about 200 fps on a crappy factory 170 grain .30-30, or about the same velocity as the 160 grain LE round that is a fair comparison.

    So it's true. The .308 in a 16" is a little hotter than the ancient hunting round is from a lever gun.:rolleyes:

    Look it up.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2009
  18. nbkky71

    nbkky71 Well-Known Member

    While wood does have a nice sexy look to it, synthetic stocks do have their place. If your M1A would ever be subjected to field conditions, a USGI synthetic stock might be a wise choice.

    My M1A is bedded in a McMillan synthetic stock, but I think that it's far from being classified as a "mall ninja backup gun".

  19. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    Thats what I thought about my Scout Squad until I started reading this, now I have a Ninja inferiority complex. To short and synthetic, I guess I will have to sell it and get a real gun.
  20. Ryder

    Ryder Well-Known Member

    When I bought my pre-owned scout I didn't ask the guy if it was wood or synthetic. Didn't matter because the deal was too good to pass up based on that. I was hoping for wood because I like the looks better, but it wasn't.

    I am not disappointed. More important to me is the rubber recoil pad it had. The 308 has fairly mild recoil but I have back problems. The rubber is not very soft but it should help me keep the gun properly positioned compared to a steel butt plate.

    If I was buying new I'd get wood :D

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