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Posted: 6/23/2013 2:57:11 PM EST
My Buddies son loaned us an M1A for our annual Prairie dog trip. He had not had a chance to shoot it since he just started a new job so we were going to sight it in and see how our handloads worked in it.

My introduction to the M14 was almost 50 years ago. My, how time flies. I always liked the rifle but spent most of my time with M-2 carbines, BAR or the M1 rifle. Front line guys got the newer gear and until I happened to be on a Match rifle team, I had little trigger time with the M14.

The rifle is a Springfield Armory model with a Troy chassis, Magpul butt stock and an older Leupold 3X9 Tactical scope. It also had a bipod which we removed for this trip.



The Mildot scope is useless for ranging prairie dogs so we used a WW2 optical range finder to establish ranges. It's good to 1500 meters on prairie dog and that's more than this rifle is able to make hits at. For ammo, we loaded up a few hundred 168 SMKs to 2550 FPS in Winchester cases and since we had no time to test the ammo prior to the trip, we called it good.




I found a rock at 400 meters located on the side of a sand hill and we got on target then placed a water bottle at 200 meters for fine tuning. We did all of our shooting from portable benches. Most of the dogs were well past the 400 meter mark and very hard to see in the 3X9 scope. The cross hairs covered them up. Finely a very dumb dog took a seat close to where the water bottle had been. For those that have never seen one, the prairie dog is about the size of a water bottle so at 200 meters it's a pretty small target. Small as he is, he will never make that mistake again. The photo shows the RV in the background.



A close up for the blood thirsty. A head shot of course.



I'll have the rifle for a few weeks here at home so I can develop a proper load for it and get it set up correctly.
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Link Posted: 6/23/2013 3:02:38 PM EST
Prarie dogs with an M1A.....winning!

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Yes, but they will be here soon. OP may want to add "Graphic" to the title. Nice shot.
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Link Posted: 6/23/2013 3:09:38 PM EST
I am surprised there is something left over.

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mine got dialed in to 168 smk, 41.5 gr imr 4895, iI will look up length when I get home.




.5 gr in either direction, my patterns started to open up.

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Link Posted: 6/23/2013 3:16:00 PM EST
Must have an M1A. Now if the LGS would get one in. I'd like a scout squad but will take a standard.

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Thanks op. looks like you boys had good time. Nice shot.
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Looks like the front fell off the prairie dog.
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Link Posted: 6/23/2013 5:27:48 PM EST
I built that rifle and still have the data for the hand loads. 175 Sierra match kings and a little varget and I was grouping .89 moa. Hit me up on here for the specs if you want it. The scope is the NEW leupold vx-r patrol that came out last year. Man sized target at 700 and she is toast, anything past that and she can't keep up. I also have that guns dope card for my loads to if u want that.
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Link Posted: 6/23/2013 5:38:31 PM EST
OP, please post your process of developing a load for that gun. I've worked hard at getting one of my M14's to shoot and it appears I finally got there, then ran out of H4895 powder and couldn't get anymore. That was 5 months ago and I was just able to score 5lbs today!

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Link Posted: 6/24/2013 3:30:16 AM EST
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I built that rifle and still have the data for the hand loads. 175 Sierra match kings and a little varget and I was grouping .89 moa. Hit me up on here for the specs if you want it. The scope is the NEW leupold vx-r patrol that came out last year. Man sized target at 700 and she is toast, anything past that and she can't keep up. I also have that guns dope card for my loads to if u want that.


Thanks for that update. It's a small world for sure. The scope wasn't listed in my catalog so I assumed it was an older model and I'm not that familiar with the Tactical line. I would like your dope card and specs if you don't mind. I had planned to use the 168 SMK since I have a good supply of them and use them in the M10 and 700. If the 175 SMK shoots better, and they ever become available I'll have to give them a try.

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Link Posted: 6/24/2013 3:50:40 AM EST
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Nasty dinner pics.

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You did kill it so that gets some points.

The rifle is cool but I am a oldschool guy so I get uncomfortable when a M1-A shows up with all that new stuff on it
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Very cool.

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1500m on an M1A? That's a pretty bold claim for prairie dog sized targets.

Looks like a fun time.
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Link Posted: 6/24/2013 4:05:25 AM EST
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OP, please post your process of developing a load for that gun. I've worked hard at getting one of my M14's to shoot and it appears I finally got there, then ran out of H4895 powder and couldn't get anymore. That was 5 months ago and I was just able to score 5lbs today!

Will you be adding to this thread, or starting a new one if you do post your load developing process?


I hadn't planned on posting a follow up and don't like to post load data other than to say I prefer Varget over 4895. I did use 4895 for many years and there is nothing wrong with using it. My preference for Varget comes from using it in many other of my rifles so I have a good supply of it. As for my process of load development, Start low, work up, only change one thing at a time.
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Link Posted: 6/24/2013 4:06:49 AM EST
I think he was talking about the ww2 optical range finder being good for 1500m
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1500m on an M1A? That's a pretty bold claim for prairie dog sized targets.

Looks like a fun time.


Bold claim???? What claim are you talking about??
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Very cool.

Do you like the Troy chassis?


Yes, for a single purpose match rifle. For anything else I prefer other materials.
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That's a good looking rifle.

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Link Posted: 6/24/2013 5:02:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By Renegade13B:
1500m on an M1A? That's a pretty bold claim for prairie dog sized targets.

Looks like a fun time.


Looks like he was saying his range finder was good up to 1500m "on a prairie dog", then goes on to say that is much more than they will need for that rifle set up.
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7.62x51 NATO - it's the perfect prairie dog round.

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Link Posted: 6/24/2013 3:18:20 PM EST
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OP, please post your process of developing a load for that gun. I've worked hard at getting one of my M14's to shoot and it appears I finally got there, then ran out of H4895 powder and couldn't get anymore. That was 5 months ago and I was just able to score 5lbs today!

Will you be adding to this thread, or starting a new one if you do post your load developing process?


I hadn't planned on posting a follow up and don't like to post load data other than to say I prefer Varget over 4895. I did use 4895 for many years and there is nothing wrong with using it. My preference for Varget comes from using it in many other of my rifles so I have a good supply of it. As for my process of load development, Start low, work up, only change one thing at a time.


EVERYTHING I've read about powder for the M1A said Varget was either too slow or fast (don't remember which). Never said it was dangerous to use, but that it just wasn't an optimal powder for the M1A's gas system.
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Link Posted: 6/24/2013 3:20:33 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Renegade13B:
1500m on an M1A? That's a pretty bold claim for prairie dog sized targets.

Looks like a fun time.


Looks like he was saying his range finder was good up to 1500m "on a prairie dog", then goes on to say that is much more than they will need for that rifle set up.


I see. I must have misunderstood.
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