I'm saving my money for a new Springfield M1A and am looking at the different configurations. I'm a decent rifle shot, for light rifle I average 160's out of 200. My skills are improving. Most of the shooting I do is 100 yards, with occasional 200 and rare 300 yard shots. I don't reload, I'll buy match ammo on occasion but will usually shoot something affordable that the rifle likes.
For my skills and the type of shooting I do, will I notice much of a difference in a standard vs a loaded vs a National Match rifle?
I don't know enough about the rifle platform but would guess that I will not benefit from a NM.
Thanks for the information.
A stock M1A is normally a 2 to 3 MOA rifle. Cheap ammo can open that up to 4 or more real easy. One MOA is doable but typically requires things like glass bedding and careful reloads. Its not a simple platform to work on. Nothing at all like an AR. It really boils down to the type of shooting you want to do and your expectations. It's an expensive game to play.
And don't over look the Chinese guns.
My experience with these rifles tell me that the M14 type rifle is not all that hard to keep running or to keep accurate. Good clamping pressure when closing the trigger guard on your trigger group, maybe shimming the gas cylinder, trimming the upper handguard so it doesn't rub the stock are a few small things that you can do yourself that will aid in the accuracy of your rifle. Most match rifles are indeed glass bedded and have all of the other things done to it to enhance accuracy, but for an all around all purpose rifle rifle you don't need all of that.
In High Power competition if you can hold 2 MOA you can put 'em in the 10 ring at 600 yards, but you have to sling up, no benches or bipods unless you shoot F Class.
As stated with a standard in a tupperware stock you are going to be in the 2-3 MOA range, it you shim the GC, tune the trigger, inlet the stock if necessary, get good spring tension on the action and use tuned handloads you can cut the groups in 1/2 at 100 yards.