Polytech M14 price check


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Coronach
July 21, 2007, 04:02 PM
I have a line on one for $500, NIB. Yes, I know this price is low. No, I have not yet actually seen the rifle (I will before I buy, of course).

My questions are:

1. What Gotchas should I be looking for?

2. Is there any way to know if the receiver was heat-treated properly? My quick reading (correct me if I'm wrong) leads me to believe that if the receiver was heat-treated properly, you're good-to-go, and if it wasn't, well...

Thanks!

Mike

PS Why do all of the really good deals show up when I don't have money to blow?

Edit: So, it's the bolts that are soft, not the receivers? That's encouraging. Are the receivers pretty-much always OK? I have no problem swapping the bolt.

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Alphazulu6
July 21, 2007, 04:04 PM
Hrm... polytech I would buy it for $500 just as a "keep it until they become illegal and sell" projects :D

Seven High
July 21, 2007, 04:26 PM
If I remember correctly, the bolt was the problem area. Some were not properly heat treated. I would buy it and fire off a few rounds then examine the spent casings carefully.

bartsimpson123844
July 21, 2007, 04:40 PM
Wow. I didn't know you could get an M14 for less than $1000. All I've seen are the Springfield Armory ones. I thought there were some Chinese clones of the M14? What happened to those?

Coronach
July 21, 2007, 05:16 PM
That's what a Polytech is. ;)

LeonCarr
July 21, 2007, 08:09 PM
Buy gun for 500 bucks, send to Smith Enterprises to correct possible heat treating/soft bolt issues. Money well spent.

www.smithenterprise.com

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

Gator
July 21, 2007, 09:11 PM
Yeah, buy it and send it to Smith for a complete inspection, new bolt, and re-heat treat.

Samuraigg
July 21, 2007, 10:30 PM
Would someone be better off getting the M1A from Springfield or getting a Polytech and having Smith do work on it? How would the costs compare?

aubie515
July 21, 2007, 10:44 PM
SA are not forged receivers, so I'd get a Poly over a SA.


Have you considered sending it to "WarBird" on the m14forum? He is in TX and does amazing work on the M14S.

I had a NIB Poly that I was going to have Warbird work over the bolt. I even bought a USGI bolt to replace the Poly bolt.

Gator
July 21, 2007, 11:44 PM
IIRC it is not a simple bolt swap, some machining of the receiver has to be done.

The problem with sending a rifle to Smith, is that they are swamped with government work due to the war. Maybe Warbird would be a better bet, I've heard good things about him.

Samuraigg
July 22, 2007, 12:04 AM
Are there any 922r complications with a Poly? Can you use high capacity mags without swapping in US made parts?

Coronach
July 26, 2007, 12:36 AM
Well. I bought it. I'll post pics in a few minutes. It's...interesting. Fit and finish is most definately NOT up to SA standards, but it looks servicible.

Mike

Edit: And here it is: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=3579276#post3579276

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