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How not to get ripped off on used m1a

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This is for the guy that has been interested in a m1a and is ready to buy .This hypothetical buyer is looking at spending 1000 to 1500 bucks .He isn't a competitive shooter just a guy with a job and family and 1500 dollars is a lot of money ,probabally the largest thing he will buy himself until his kids get out of college .He knows what the new springfeilds go for and he has his eye on a couple of used possible deals .Ok experts what does he look for to not get ripped off .i will start with the obvious ,if it is too good to be true it is probabally not true.
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I once met up with a guy local to me who had a Springfield Loaded for sale. Upon inspection of his rifle it had a significant amount of surface rust on the barrel and receiver. It would not pass the tilt test. I asked if he ever cleaned the piston/gas system and I got a deer in the headlights look. Also I asked what kind of ammo he fired through it and he said mostly Hornady Superformance 308 (too hot of a load for the M1A). He wanted $1200 for it and I passed, a couple hundred more and I could buy a new not neglected or abused rifle.
Good luck
If you look at Hornady Superformance there 150gr SST load has a muzzle velocity of 3000 fps. Other ammo manufactures produce 308 of similar velocitys . I'm not saying it will blow up a M1A but it will hammer on it causing premature and unwanted wear.

Federal gold medal match is first rate with the M1A. Everyone here shoots it along with surplus 7.62x51 ammo. Federal American eagle 168gr and 150 Gr both shoot well too.
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