I've never read or heard a favorable first-hand account of them from soldiers/Marines that were issued them. Maybe an acceptable DMR style rifle in WWII/Korea, but very quickly obsolete, and never a true LR/"Sniper" rifle. I'd guess 1.5-2.5 MOA with issued ball/AP ammo. Both the C and D models leave something to be desired in optics mounting hardware, let alone the optics (2.2-2.5x).I'd like to see what the M1c/d models could do. Would be fun to take one out shooting steel!
Usually on a 100,300 and 600 yard range, or out in the mountains.. My M-1 has been rebarrelled to .308 and brought up to NM standards. It's really a fun gun, even though I truly HATE wood stocks.Late to the party and most of the key points ate made. There is a reason Service Rifle shooters shoot AR's. I started on a .308 Match Garand, Quantico built in 1968. I was 1 when it was built. I shot it for 2 years before getting a National Match built A2. Most of the shooters I know go distinguished with an AR then shoot wooden rifles for fun. Mine gets shot in a couple of Unlimited Class matches a year as I cannot shot it in John C. Garand matches.
I highly recommend shooting a couple of matches with it for fun even if you decide its not your game after.
An as issued Garand and National Match conditioned M1A are on my wish list.
ETA: where do you usually shoot?