Originally Posted by SES50
I have been using my M1A now for a couple years for long range tactical competition. For hitting paper is works pretty good but I am having a hard time getting it under 1MOA accuracy. I have a buddy that put his in a JEA stock and it still did not come below 1MOA. From what I have been reading they take a lot of work to accurize and then keep accurized. If you do go with one you can not run bullets eavier than 175gr just to give you some extra info on the subject. If you want to build one for accuracy I would buy a rear lug reciever and get high end parts to build it up. Also try to get a high end barrel.
I have actually been considering going to the AR platform but making sure it will have some sort of forward assist. You can build them to have a fully floated barrel and they are pretty easy to accurize. The AR platform is pretty easy to get reliable, the biggest issue is making sure you keep it clean.
I tried one for a year or so. Loved the gun. Great rifle that feels and shoots great but lacked the accuracy and precision I was looking for. I had all types of extras. Unitized gas cylinder, better spring and op rod, replaced the extractor, specialized cleaning equipment, bore guide ect ect. The final straw was when I couldn't get the sadlak mount to fit on the out of spec action. I only had about 4 MOA of R windage left after getting it sighted in. I sold it to work on a 7mm Remmy build.
I have seen pics that show some impressive accuracy. I'd get a JAE II stock and a then do a custom build from one of the guys on the M14 forums web site.
Can't say enought good things about the gun just didn't work for me.