1st post here. Hello. I had an M1A Loaded about 15 years ago - a bit unweildt for hevy metal 3-gun, but accurate as hell. Came with adiscounted SA 20-50x50 scope, now on my Savage 10FPLE Sold the Loaded when times were tough, then found the SOCOM 16 a couple years later. I've run it off the bench, ghost ring sight very good for run 'n gun stuff, and I added a GG&G rcvr mount for a 3x39 Compact ACOG; works very well and I've consistently hit steel at 200 yds in low light standing . Balance is excellent, swings well. The Scout is very front heavy to me, didn't like the feel at all. YMMV, but while I've started building a few AR15s lately and they are cheaper and lighter, the .308 is still my go to round; I will probably get an AR10 of some kind eventually, but for fun and SHTF the SOCOM 16 would be hard to beat.