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    Which Optic for M1A Scout Squad???

    Guys,
    I might pull the trigger on an 18" Scout Squad soon, and I'm trying to find out what's the best optic choice for this rifle? Definitely not going with an ACOG or red dot this time.
    I want a full blown scope. Is the military using Leupold scopes on most of their M14's/M1A's???
    I THINK I've seen a bunch of them pictured online with Leupolds (not sure which model???), but maybe I've seen something else too, like Nightforces/etc????
    Can anyone give me the best options here? I'm also ASSUMING, that most commonly used, would be something that adjusts up to 10x??? Is this correct, and is this all the magnification I should desire for this rifle???
    Thanks for any help guys...

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    The M14s we had as SDM rifles were fitted with models/versions of Leupold 3x9 optics. hth.

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    It all depends on what you want to use it for.....

    Personally, this is how I'd set mine up....

    Remove the "rail" that's attached to the barrel, and put a standard or slotted handguard on it.

    Install the Smith Enterprises picatinny rail mount.

    I'd put a high quality 1.5-6x optic on it, whether it's Leupold, Burris, IOR, Swarovski, Zeiss, Schmidt & Bender, etc.....whatever your budget will allow.

    This will allow you to engage targets from near contact distance up to several hundred yards.
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    Mine sports an EOTech on the barrel mount... No problems at all for me there but if you were worried about heat, pick up a Smith receiver mount and put your choice of optic on it.
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    Just wondering why you are getting a "scout" rifle, if you don't want to use the forward mounted "scout" scope location -- that is, after all, perhaps the biggest thing that makes a scout rifle a scout rifle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by K.L. Davis View Post
    Just wondering why you are getting a "scout" rifle, if you don't want to use the forward mounted "scout" scope location?

    I have not stated that I don't want to use the forward mounted "scout" scope location. In fact, the thought has never crossed my mind....
    ???

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