Hi Ive been contemplating a few new guns and ive pretty much got it singled out to either a(at around $1000) 1. M1 garand in 30-06 OR .308 2. A long range rifle like the Savage 110/10 series Trying to keep prices of the rifles at $1000 or under so I could afford some ammo and or a decent scope for the later option. What I was wondering is on the non national scale(im not talking the national camp perry type matches) has anyone shot the M1 Garand competitions say for instance at their local range(I know my local range has them listed..or at least they did last year). How do you like it, do you have fun? what type of Garand(kind of condition) do you need to be at all competitive? Im assuming both the 30-06 and the .308 models are usable in the M1 Garand competitions? Is there a benefit to one over the other(I see right now CMP has some .308 ones in stock along with the 30-06)..Is there a certain grade or features id want in one if I planned on taking it to shoot a match every now and then? As I get "older" here im trying to find some fun ways to do things without wrecking myself playing hockey and or Football anymore lol. And ive always been interested in M1 Garands and Long range/ sniper rifle type competitions(was a designated marksman in the SRT team in the military so ive shot a M14 at distance out to around 500 yds or so and bolt action Remington .308 out to about the same). Ive apparently got some $$ coming to me and will be able to afford something in the $1000 range give or take to suit my M1 or Long range rifle wants/needs. So same question for a long range type rifle in a "stock" division would the Savage 10/110 type models be worth running? Ive heard good things..they are more in my price range? Anyone have and or use one with good results??