Opinions on the M1A scout 7.62.

Discussion in 'Rifles & Shotguns' started by HooDoo Man, May 2, 2019.

  1. HooDoo Man

    HooDoo Man Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 26, 2017
    I sold off all my AR stuff because I refuse to Kowtow to the Communist State requirements of Kalifornia. Looking at the Springer M1A Scout. An it's not for hunting. Just what to weigh some opinions maintenance, accuracy, durability. This will be a home defense rifle for anything heavy. Like 10,000 illegals rushing the city after a quake. Just a thought. A Blind man can see the writing on the wall.
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  2. TxTrail80

    TxTrail80 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 24, 2018
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  3. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    Great rifles , accurate , reliable , relatively soft shooting for a short .308 . Pricey . I like mine .
  4. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    They have for some time been, for me, one of those “short” long-guns that I believe I’d enjoy owning and just haven’t taken the plunge on yet.
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  5. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    I've only got the full length model, that I really love, a buddy recently snagged a scout. If I had it to do over I would've bought em both. Very nice piston guns that soak up the recoil, not that .308 is really a problem. Quick and lighter than you'd expect. There's probably one in my future but 1911's are eating up the fun $ at the moment.
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    Apr 5, 2015
    I have both and love both. Scout is great size for carry and still reaching out. Parts available and Springfields are easy to retrofit with either GI stuff or newer fire control groups. While the LRB and stuff available with forged receivers have a bit of high brow cachet.....you are pretty unlikely to crack/break a cast receiver from a class act like Springfield. Some Polytechs running around that are nice too. Join m14 Forum...pretty informative. View Hickok 45's about his Standard/Scout/SOCOMand then more recently his LRB. I think the normal guy like me/you will be fine with a Springer. I might get an LRB to cuddle with sometime...but for use. M1A is fine.
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  7. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I've had a full size Loaded M1A, and a couple of SOCOM 16s, still have a SOCOM EBR clone in a Sage chassis. I haven't tried a Scout but I'd like to, been thinking of having an 18" barrel installed on my SOCOM EBR. If I was doing it again and buying new I'd buy a Scout instead of the others, handier than the full size, better ballistics than the SOCOM.
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  8. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    A great platform for what it is.
    Keep in mind...

    It will never shoot as precisely as an AR or bolt gun.
    Is uses grease
    Mags are built like tanks
    Its a 4-5” group rifle
    Accessories can be expensive

    If you buy one, send me a pm, ill send you a 20# mag
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  9. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2018
    20190131_105500.jpg I currently own a SoCom and really enjoy it, but I had a Scout that I kick myself constantly for selling!

    Just like @WC145 said, handier than the standard but more accurate than the SoCom.

    If I had it to do over, I'd have sold the SoCom and kept the Scout...
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  10. Novak77

    Novak77 Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2019
    I love me some M1A/M14s. They can be a bit of a pain to make and keep accurate, but for a general purpose battle rifle they're awesome. Someone mentioned this above, but they're often referred to as minute of man rifles. If you've got one (standard GI) that will hold 2-3 MOA you've got a shooter.

    As far as using one for home defense, I wouldn't recommend it. I can't hear anything out of my left ear from a 240 singing in a hallway. A short barreled .308 indoors would peel your eyes back lol.
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  11. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2018
    Yep, they are LOUD! Another reason to go with a Scout over a Socom...the muzzle break on the Socom is very effective, but it is an ear ringer for sure!
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    Apr 5, 2015
    Not sure about groups for accuracy on Scouts, but my Loaded with match barrel will shoot 1.5-2.0" all day. Medaled with beater TRW/Springfield M-14 in USN(not the same as NRA or other sharpshooting.
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  13. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    How about a pump shotgun for the home?
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    Apr 5, 2015
    I am thinking my Shockwave will be toe pointing loud as well.
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  15. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    My recent experience:

    I wanted a M14 battle rifle. Something accurate enough to take out threats, not some fussy paper punching wannabe. My accuracy requirements are sub 1 MOA of Bad Guy. ;)

    Turns out the M1A is more of a M14 tribute rifle than copy of a real M14 battle rifle. This was told to me by several folks on the m14 forum. Oops...

    You can only shoot light bullet loads or you risk damaging/bending the oprod. Not good. They are a pita to clean (my opinion). I bought a Sadlak scope mount that sits cockeyed on the receiver because the receiver isn't milled right. I have a mill and digital touch probe and verified this.

    As someone above said, it isn't as accurate as my LR-308, but that (308) is a heavy rifle set up more as a designated marksman rifle than a battle rifle.

    I've been using a combination of grease and oil on my 1911s (and variants) for decades and hundreds of thousands of rounds and much prefer this to just some light oil. So using grease on a M1A was not a shocker to me. Makes sense actually. ;)

    Long(er) story short: I traded the M14 for a PTR-91 (US made HK 91) and some cash and am much happier.

    Your experiences may vary significantly from mine... ;) :D
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  16. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    OK, I have two SKS rifles, 7.62X39. The stamped Chinese model is pretty accurate and won't stop shooting. I haven't had a chance to de-cosmoline the milled Yugoslavian SKS, but it looks new.
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  17. HooDoo Man

    HooDoo Man Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 26, 2017
    Thank you all for your information. I went to my Range last night they had a Scout I checked out. Sure, I'd like one but too me it was just like my Mini-14 enlarged. Can't trough down $1700 for it. I'm going to wait till I bail from this State(Gulag) soon and buy a higher end AR. Don't mean to put down an M1A, I'll get that platform for 7.62 any day. Thanks again.
  18. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    I own a Scout and like it. Heavy, but cool.
    Won't win any accuracy awards, but it does what it's supposed to do and it does it well.
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    Apr 5, 2015
    never actually heard about the oprod issue. Doubt that would be a big deal to swap out if need be. I do imagine your liking a PTR-91 as I have heard they are nice rifles and they sure look business like.
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  20. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    Everyone I have interacted with on the m14 forum said that any 308 cartridge with a heavier bullet than that found in the standard 7.62 NATO cartridge will likely damage (bend) the op rod. The cast replacement ones are not very strong, and the forged M14 ones are getting very rare and expensive. Even the cast ones are not cheap. Everything on the M1A platform is very expensive, especially if you are trying to get the old US gov spec'd/forged components. And a rifle with these components still isn't to the specs the real M14 was built to.

    The HK91/PTR91 rifle is a real military battle rifle. Easy to disassemble/clean/maintain and shoots pretty much anything you feed it. The only downside I see is the fluted chamber. While it is good for reliability/feeding it mangles brass so reloading what the 91 eats is not an option. But that also means I can feed it a diet of cheaper steel-cased 7.62 ammo with no worries. :)
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