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Need long range scope for M1A

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by nickar, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. nickar

    nickar Member

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    I've had a Springfield M1A for a while. Finally put Springfield's Generation 4 mount on it.
    Now I need a scope. This may be a stretch, but I plan to do some occasional 600 yd competition. Could I find something suitable for around $500? Any recommendations would be appreciated.
     
  2. greyling22

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    not to sound like a troll, but the m1a does not scope well and is not particularly accurate. For long range you'd be better served with a cheap plastic bolt gun in 6.5 creedmoor and a $200 scope.

    But to your question, I hear pretty good things about the midrange athlon scopes, and there are deals to be had on the optics section of the equipment exchange of ar15.com. What will you be shooting at at 600 yds?
     
  3. CapnMac

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    As above, the M1-A does not have a great reputation as a scoped rifle (not exactly sterling as an iron-sights rifle in l.r. competition, for what that's worth).
    In the spirit of the question, the expensive, mil-spec, answer is the Leatherwood,
    For 2¢ I'd not invest in a scope with a .308 BDC, as that would add one more variable to a stack of variables in the shooting equation. But, I'd not turn away from a mildot or something with stadia markings, the better to gin up hold overs and the like.

    The real answer is that you want something with which you will be comfortable.

    Which will also come down to what you choose to feed the arm--150gr factory loadings are a bit random; but you'll probably have to sort 168 MKs to wring the best 400 yard performance out of it.
     
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  5. nickar

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    Yeah, I knew that the gun wasn't going to be a tack-driver no matter what I did, but it's what I got. Just kinda wanted to see how it would reach out. The competition is just a local thing and I think the target is a sheet of plywood. I do have some Match Kings to load up for it. And I will take a look at the things you mention. Probably won't spend as much as planned either. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
     
  6. Gordon
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    I have shot an M1A since early 80s after using one in my first tour in Nam and going thru basic with one. The only one I have is a 1982 vintage I bought used a Gunsite in 1984 and had Smith Enterprise do a National match build in 1989 on it. I scoped it with a real good Brookings scope mount in the early 2000s and put a Leupold 10x MK4 LR on it and it was loosened up finally from the crazy tight NM specs Smith built it 20 years earlier , to be smooth and servicable how I like it and I got it to produce the ellusive MOA at 200 yards with Lakecity ammo. Then I stole the 10x MK4 to put on a .50 BMG gun I was playing with since the later 90s and mounted a Israelian Surplus "Souped up " ANPVS 2 gen one Starlight in the factory mounts and shot pigs with it on a large Ca. ranch for 10 years. I still have the rig but now a days the gun has a low Sadlak scope mount and a 6x Super sniper in Low QD rings . The 6x super sniper seems perfect for the use of the rifle to 600 yards, and I see they are now only $199 which is the steal of the Century IMHO. This scope is perfect for the gun and informal 100-600 yard shooing. I have a 162 grain Sierra Matchking load that does well under MOA with that set up as far as I can hold ! I have a Vortex Viper HST in a set of rings as back up, but I have never put it on !!!!
    https://www.swfa.com/swfa-ss-6x42-tactical-30mm-riflescope-105767.html
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019 at 1:53 AM
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