They are fun to shoot. And used to be cheap to shoot- seems like yesterday CMP spam cans of clean hot HXP were $55 each
And pretty accurate shooters too. A decent one will put all 8 rounds in a 2 1/2" circle @ 100yds. I have heard rumors of MOA Garands but never shot one. They are confidence inspiring. Mine has never failed to work, through at least a thousand rounds.
Tip #1 a full spring kit is available at a reasonable cost at Orion 7.
Tip #2 dramatic improvements in accuracy can be had with minor tweaks and stock fitting. Lots of info on these procedures out there. I took a worn field grade that was shooting a 5" high by 12" wide group and brought it to a nice round 4" by simple non-gunsmith stock fitting. The better the rifle shoots, of course, the less noticeable the improvements will be.
One of the coolest photo's I have seen with a Garand was some guy in loincloth in east Africa, sitting on a hill overlooking a river, with an old Garand. He was watching over his livestock. Always wondered where that rifle came from, and if he could find ammo for it.
Another one was a Korean Marine crouched behind a gravestone in Vietnam holding his M-1.