Skip to comments.M1A National Match vs Remington 700 Tactical
Posted on 11/16/2012 6:42:53 PM PST by Farmer Dean
I'm considering the purchase of the M1A in National Match grade.Anyone have experience using this rifle and how does it compare (in accuracy) to the Remington 700 Tactical.
My uncle loaned me an M14 back in the 60’s. I’ve loved the platform ever since. Wish I didn’t have to give it back.
OTOH, the 700 Tactical may be a little more accurate.
M1A/Damn fine rifle.Nuff said.
When in doubt, get both!
In all seriousness, I have a Fulton Armory M14 and love it. It is my most accurate rifle. I’ve heard good things about the M1A NM also. What are your goals for this rifle? Obviously one is semi-automatic vs. bolt action. Might make a difference in achieving those goals.
Apples and oranges there. Bolt gun versus semi-auto version of military service rifle. Accuracy favors the bolt gun. The M1A can be coaxed to be accurate, but There is a big learning curve. The bolt gun with good optics is almost dummy proof, almost.;-)
You should join M14forum.com and do a search. Each of these rifles has been written about extensively.
Have you used the Federal Gold Match 168gr ammo in the M14?If yes,how well did it do?I have the Remington and that ammo is giving me 1.125 inch groups at 200 yards.I’d like to stick with this ammo in the M1A if possible.
Thanks for the info,I’m going to go there and see what I can learn.
Is that the SPS tactical? If so I would say there really is no comparison. Get the NM M1A. The SPS Tactical is nice but hardly in the same league as a NM Springfield. Heck the SPS is so cheap in comparison you rally should get both : )
I have 3 M1A’s and I love them. They feel and shoot like REAL rifles.
M14forum.com is an invaluable resource for me.
They can both be more accurate than you can shoot them. The M1A will require more work (visits to the gunsmith) to maintain that accuracy.
I only use milsurp ammo in my M14. I try to get the “better” milsurp however. I’m not into competition shooting and 7.62x51 is expensive enough in the surplus form, let alone the match ammo. Sounds like you are a good shooter with groups like that. I suspect the M1A is not as accurate but probably isn’t too far off.
Both great rifles. It depends on what you want to do with it.
The bolt gun has a lot of options available to it that the semi-auto can’t have.
Theoretically, the semi-auto has quick follow-up shot advantage over the bolt.
My vote goes to the bolt for ultimate accuracy at really long range.
The following article is an example. Page 7 shows a 700 set up for this type of work:
Oh yeah, get both before they are gone. Frankly the Remington may have the edge though the M1A will win your heart. Kinda like owning a classic Corvette. I prefer 150 gr. in my M1A standard though it will handle 168 just fine, any heavier you need to work with an adjustable gas block or turn it off, beats up the op rod, with a bolt action you can shoot any weight bullet.
They both should be accurate enough.
Base your decision on what you really want and not worry about accuracy.
If accuracy is your primary consideration, the Remington should on average be more accurate. In fact 700 actions tend to be favored by those wanting extreme accuracy. I personally much prefer the current model 70, now made by FN/Herstal in South Carolina which is basically just a civilian Mauser. I think it is more reliable than the 700 but they both are reliable.
Just get what you want as they all are fine.
Apples to oranges. Hope you like to chase brass.
Mine is a .270 and is a limited edition Boone & Crocket which has a brown laminated wood stock and a parkerized fluted barrel. It's chunky, and has a 3-9 Leopold tactical scope mounted on a bolted on picatinny rail scope mounting base. (ie: overkill)
Never owned an M-14 based semi-auto, but those who do love them. I'd like to get a Garrand first, though. I kinda like non-pistol grip stocks. I was just reading about this here: The Art of the Rifle
Not mine, but pretty much the same.