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Old 08-18-2017, 04:26 PM
mrrm mrrm is offline
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Default Springfield Armory Scout Squad Reliable?

I just read through the thread asking about the expected accuracy of the 18" inch barreled M14/M1A's at 800 yards. Glad that this thread was started as I just recently, like this week, have looked into the Springfield Armory Scout Squad rifle. Looking for opinions from current or past owners of these rifles. I know others make or have made 18" inch barreled M14 clones but I am interested in Springfield Armory's Scout Squad. Anything you can relate about these rifles would be great, handling, accuracy, dependability, recoil, muzzle blast etc...

Oh no I see I spelled scout wrong in the heading. How do you go about editing the thread title box?

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Old 08-18-2017, 05:57 PM
GM1MAN GM1MAN is online now
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I have had an SAI Scout model in the walnut stock for a while now and could not be happier. The only changes I made were to take off the forward barrel mounted scope base and to replace the original hand guard with a walnut hand guard from Treeline.com..

It really shoots much better than I can with both iron and scope sights. I have a Bassett Low Picatinny mount with a 2X7 Vortex scope on it. The rifle handles really well for me in this configuration.

It seems to like all the ammunition that I have fed it, with no FTF or FTE. Some of the ammo is more accurate in this rifle than others.

List of what I have fired in this rifle:

HXP, ZQI, LC, Hirtenberger, PPU, Federal Match and M1A branded ammo. It likes the PMC 150 grain PSP, which if I was going to hunt with this rifle, I would use.

I wish I had gotten this rifle first, because I like it better than the SAI Standard Model.

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Old 08-18-2017, 06:22 PM
mrrm mrrm is offline
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Yes your response helps. I've never owned or for that matter even shot a "scout" rifle where the optics are mounted forward of the receiver. Hate to admit it but the old eyeballs are getting a little tired so having the option of adding some sort of optics so readily is an attractive option of a "scout" type rifle. I have always preferred iron sights but realize at some point it would be nice to have a choice of sights.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:16 PM
H2O MAN H2O MAN is offline
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The Scout was my first M14 type rifle, and I firmly believe the 18" barrel is the best non-standard length barrel.
I prefer mine with a railed hand guard that positions an Aimpoint low enough to allow co-witnessing of the iron sights.
Don't be triggered by the word EBR - it's still an M14.
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