Before you're 100% set on the M1A, would you mind sharing the following info?
-Why an M1A?
-Why the Scout model specifically?
-What do you want to do with it?
-What are your expectations of the rifle for reliability, durability and accuracy?
-Do you have any previous experience with the M1A platform? If so, what?
-Why do you want an M1A over a more modern design?
As a previous M1A owner, I'd like to help you with this decision.