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.30 Cal Military Match Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mikee Loxxer, Aug 1, 2012.

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  1. Mikee Loxxer

    Mikee Loxxer Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    Lincoln NE
    I am considering selling one of my DSA SA58 rifles to finance the purchase of an M1A National Match rifle.

    For the last few years the focus of my rifle shooting has been using my K31's in the local Swiss matches. Although I own a couple DSA SA58 rifles (18" carbine and T48 replica) they haven't been to the range in a long time. My thinking is that I might get more enjoyment shooting an M1A National Match rifle in the local competitions rather than owning an FAL that really isn't suited to such an activity.

    I'm sort of torn. Should I sell one of my SA58s to finance the M1A match gun or should I just save my pennies and wait? There seems to be a common sentiment somewhere along the lines of " I used to own an FAL and I regret selling it."

    What would my fellow high roaders do? Sell an FAL to fund a match gun?
  2. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    The Garand in 308 will also do well in position shooting. I think it is easier to accurize a Garand than it is a M14 or M1A.
  3. velocette

    velocette Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Ft. Lauderdale Fla
    Accurizing an M1a or a Garand is not an easy task nor a cheap one. Further, once accurized they both demand special handling and periodic tune-ups, All this for a rifle that when at its peak is not quite the equal of a match tuned AR 15 at less than half the cost.
    There is a reason that the AR rifles dominate at the National matches, and its not all cost.
    If you want an M1a because you really like the rifle, thats fine, just understand that an off the shelf "National Match M1a" is by no means National Match ready.

  4. Reloadron
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    Reloadron Member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Cleveland, Ohio USA
    Decisio9ns, decisions! Personally, given a choice I would retain what I had and save towards the M1A. However, that is me and based on my finances and thinking.

    I have a NM M1A which I like very, very much. I still need to get around to doing the bedding and a few more things to trick it out. I even have a slightly oversize stock in the white (raw wood) for when I get around to it. You will not be disappointed with a M1A.

    As to the M1A and Garand thing? I would likely just build up a Garand in the original chamber of 30-06. I do have one in 7-08 Remington I built up and also have a .308 barrel lying around but have yet to do much with it. Shoots great.

    If you go the M1A route an excellent book is:

    Really helps with accurizing and bedding techniques.

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