Settling for another rifle because you "can't afford" your dream rifle is kinda sad in my opinion. Budsgunshop has a stainless M1A for just over 1,300 http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...lack+FinishGre
1,300 - 760 = a difference of 540 dollars. Isn't your happiness worth 540 dollars? You might be able to get an LE discount that knocks the delta down another hundred or so.
Just save up a little longer, and get the rifle you really want.