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Taking your M1 to a gun show and trading/ selling it to get the M14/M1A.
I would think that the cost of converting the M1 to .7.62 NATO and making it use a detachable box magazine not worth the cost.
If you like the looks of the M1 with a 20 round magazine, in the late 60's-mid 70's the Beretta M59 series rifle were imported, you might try to find one of those. Andy
you could do up a BM59, but by the time you're done you could have just gone and bought an m1a. Frankly a garand is a garand. You can make a 308 garand, but it will never be and M1A. My advice: either get both or sell the garand and get an M1A. I prefer the former over the latter option. Besides everyone should own and shoot an M1 garand. They are one of those guns that are timeless and are full of a special kind of awesome.
years ago, I asked this very question on another forum. I remember how dissapointed I was to have everyone tell to leave the poor Garand alone and just buy an M1a. Now, I can honestly say... I wish I had a couple of Garands so, I think they gave me some good advice.
There is sooo much more to this debate than just ballistics. M14 you get detachable mags that hold 20rds, the M1G mags a sweet ping noise after 8. With the M1G you get a kick @ss gun that comes with a man card. With the M14 you have to mail in your proof of purchase plus $4.95 s/h to receive one.