Hey all, I'm gonna be buying an M1A within the next month or so. Couple of questions 1. Is all the hype about cast vs forged (I.E. Springfield vs Fulton) really a large factor worth the extra price? 2. Between the scout and one of the SOCOM models in springfields selection which would you recommend? I'm looking for a versatile 308 which can be used for anything from home defense to hunting to ranch gun etc. I was thinking SOCOM because of the shorter barrel, however is the extra 2lbs much of a factor compared to the scout with the larger barrel? Any thoughts input suggestions welcome.