| Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:|
The M1a is cool but it in the standard configuration it is not as accurate as the new gas guns. It also is very particular about what ammo you use. Use too heavy a bullet and you bend the op rod. Horniday reloading manual has Service Rifle .308 loading info which is reduced loads from other .308 loads. Then try to keep track of which of your reloads is loaded down for the M1a. It also is critical that you use the primer pocket uniformer tool on the brass. Soft primers and out of spec primer pockets can cause issues with double firing if the trigger is too light. Beware of who you have do any work on the rifle especially the trigger. These guns can be made to shoot very well but it is quite expensive and takes people who know what they are doing like GA Precision or Smith Enterprises.
I longed for an MIa for a long time, and came real close to getting one, but all these issues, (and a few more), weighed too heavily against it.
I think there are better .308 battle-rifle platforms out there now, I am beginning to search for which is the best.
My personal criteria, of admittedly limited and highly questionable experience, is shaping up like this so far:
.308 Winchester (Or 7.62x51mm NATO) chambering. Also would consider 6.8 SPC.
(Adjustable) Gas-piston operation, NOT direct-impingement. Operating gasses to vent at least a foot from shooter's face, and in a forward or upward direction.
Reciprocating charging handle
No forward-assist stupidity, other than the bolt-mounted, reciprocating charging handle.
M1- type magazines okay, but I would actually prefer Garand-style en-bloc clips!
(Yes, really!) OKAY, I know that's not going to happen..
20-inch medium barrel, fluted is fine. 22-inch fine.
One-piece stock would be preferable, but not necessary.
Chrome-lined barrel of Bushmaster quality. 1-10 Twist rate or slightly faster.
A thumb safety, ala the 500 Mossberg shotgun would be too good of an idea to ever see production. But not on a pistol-grip-type firearm., as Dale notes on p.3.
Tool-free takedown and dissassembly.
Picatinny railed reciever
Stock adjustable for L.O.P and comb height.
Compatable to 1907 sling or similar
(Such a rifle does not exist (yet!) in any form of which I am aware.)
These are somewhat random and probably disconnected thoughts, but I'd be interested in what any of you guys would add or subtract from those criteria and why.
I'd also be interested to hear what some of you would think would come the closest to meeting those criteria of current or even of obsolete firearms.
I think a good deal of it may be relevant to this interesting thread!
Edited to add the red stuff...
Edited by RONK - June/21/2009 at 17:41