.243 M14 type rifle?


June 12, 2007, 11:41 PM
Has anyone ever seen a .243 M14 type rifle. I'm thinking about one, my main question is should I go for the extra lug?

I know, I know, a bolt action would be ideal, but I've got no L4-L5 disc left, and I'm slight of build.

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June 12, 2007, 11:44 PM
Hmmm... never heard of one, but an interesting idea. You might want to contact the boys up in Geneseo and tell them of the idea.

Might be a good seller for Springfield.

June 12, 2007, 11:56 PM
Springfield Armory, Inc. used to make .243 and 7mm-08 M1As. I looked over a .243 once, but ended up getting the .308....now I wish I had bought either of the others. They are hard to find now and expensive.

But you could always rebarrel an M1A. There was a .243 barrel for sale on WarRifles.com a few weeks ago and I think Douglas could make one.

IMO The extra lug on the receiver isn't worth it unless you are a match shooter and re-bed your rifle frequently.

June 13, 2007, 12:15 AM
These things exist? :confused:

June 13, 2007, 12:22 AM
I dunno if they do exist, I figured more people would have done it :(

seems like a really great antelope/varmint rifle to me.

June 13, 2007, 12:58 AM
Here's one:


June 13, 2007, 02:56 AM
The M1A was definitely chambered in .243 when they first came out. We had a SuperMatch in the shop I worked in long ago. Early 80's. The guy who bought it almost had his arms torn off when he strolled into a Montreal gun show looking to sell it. There were none in Quebec in those days.
They were chambered in .243Win, .308Win and .358Win. No 7mm-08's though. All chamberings but the .308 were dropped. Not enough sales.

June 13, 2007, 04:50 PM
eeeep, 3k!?

Methinks building one is the way to go.

Deer Hunter
June 13, 2007, 05:11 PM
And for another look at it, DSarms makes FALs in .243 and .260 Rem.

Carl N. Brown
June 13, 2007, 05:16 PM
I recall that M1 Garands for civilian sale in France had to be
a non-military caliber like .270 and that SA did make a few.
From a .270 M1 Garand to a .243 M1A is not that big a leap.

June 13, 2007, 05:21 PM
I've heard of people sneaking them in on service rifle matches.

June 13, 2007, 05:49 PM
Dmps is now making an ar type rifle in .243.

June 13, 2007, 06:16 PM
I travel in non gun friendly locales (NY & Cali)

So the priority is a "non-scurrryyyy" rifle.

Plus I want a 7.62mm rifle as well, and the mags should be completely interchangeable.

June 13, 2007, 06:44 PM
Why not?

Colt made the AR series in .222 for sale south o' the border and in other countries that don't allow sale of firearms in military calibers. Fact I just remembered I have a 30 round Colt AR mag that's marked .222.

June 13, 2007, 06:59 PM
ziadel, just get a pair of Remington 750 Woodsmasters.

10-rounders available, you can't legally bring in bigger mags to California anyway. 4-rounders come with the guns; that makes them hunting legal in states with a magazine limit for hunting.

Same mag works for .243 and .308. Accuracy is bolt-action-class, according to Gun Tests; problems with 74x gas system have been fixed. .308 available in rifle and carbine configurations, walnut or synthetic. .243 in rifle length only.

2 rifles cost about the same as one M1A. They're a lot lighter, too, which should help with your back.

Legal in CA.

June 14, 2007, 01:27 AM
thanks for the info armed bear, but lighter is not the way to go for me, I need a heavy rifle to shoot well.

June 14, 2007, 02:30 AM
Aren't there BARs made in such calibers? Not the WWII guns, but the semi hunting guns made later. Not sure about high-cap magazines, or about the recoil management for the medical condition though.

June 14, 2007, 02:37 AM
Gifted there are no hi cap mags for the Browning BAR.

Quintin Likely
June 14, 2007, 08:18 AM
I've seen M1As chambered in .260 Remington before. That'd be kinda funny to sneak in to a state service rifle championship. :D

Bwana John
June 14, 2007, 09:46 AM
I have a friend that has a M-1a in .250 Savage.:cool:

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