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Accuracy difference between the Springfield M1A Standard vs Loaded?

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I am going to be buying a Springfield M1a as my first true battle rifle, but I wanted to know the accuracy difference (in moa) between the M1a Standard versus the M1a Loaded? I am trying to see if the higher end Loaded version is worth the extra cost...

For some reason, I cannot find any information on this important question online.....
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I've never had any problem with any of my loaded M1A's,(have two, had four) they consistantly shoot about an inch less than STD/ scout models(with store bought ammo) without a single failure. My loaded models cost $200 more than an STD model, for $200, you get a medium weight match air gauged barrel(price a medium weight match barrel + installation cost), half MOA sights, match tirgger group, that is just as good, if not better than "GI" and NM flash suppressor. That's ALOT of upgrades for $200. Mine do 1.5" @ 100 yards with iron sights, .75" with telescope(handloads). If you bought a STD and later decided to do the upgrades it would cost well over $1000. The STD is a damn fine rifle, but for a couple hundred bucks more, the loaded is well worth it, whether you care about accuracy or not, it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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Thanks for all of the helpful replies.....great info!

Another question: I was holding an M1a the other day, and I've noticed that my fingers get dangerously close to the opening and closing bolt group.

Have any of you heard about people losing fingertips on their left hand when using this gun?

The Garand has a similar design, but a taller stock that gives the fingers more room to grip. With the M1a, your fingers are practically forced into the action. This is my one major gripe about this otherwise great rifle.
Never had a problem, if you have real big hands, the walnut stocks are much larger(thicker, bulkier) than the synthetic stocks, maybe see if the walnut fits you better.
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