Is Poly Tech M-14 a good deal?


Slick Pilot
March 4, 2012, 10:50 AM
I have an opportunity to get a Poly Tech M-14 clone with an S&K scope mount, a Weaver 2x10 scope, and a Harris bipod. Also 200 rds ammo and a 30 rd mag. He's asking $1,000.

How does that sound?

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March 4, 2012, 10:55 AM
personally I have seen them cheaper, I turned one down at 800. IDK how much the ammo the stuff is worth, but if it were me I would pass. Does it have USGI parts, if it does it might be worth that, not sure.

You could get a Springfield standard m1a for a little more,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1333&bih=657&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=5591684847699197565&sa=X&ei=RZFTT7DfMqGqsQKHrfDvBQ&ved=0CFMQ8wIwADgK

March 4, 2012, 11:15 AM
Yeah, that's a little high, unless it's had the bolt replacement, etc...if it's bone Chinese stock, no way.

March 4, 2012, 11:24 AM
If its $ 750 that be a great deal nowadays. Remember you have to change to a USGI bolt and other parts to make it right. Well, $ 800 would be okey.

March 4, 2012, 11:34 AM
And the 30 round mag is no big deal, I have a few and they don't work for crap. I have a SAI scout with 1000 rounds down the pipe and the op-rid is bent, so I would not say the Springfield is the standard for quality....... $800 and I buy the polytech, you'll want to have the head space checked before you go shooting though.

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March 4, 2012, 11:41 AM
Nice thing about them they have chromelined barrels as most Chicom made are. Receiver steel made of harder material vs the crappy cast made by Springfield Armory and their contractors in Australia. If you re shooting 7.62 Nato you need a rock solid receiver. All others who says it okey to have a cast is trying to pull your leg. Salestalk abound in the gun world.

March 4, 2012, 02:03 PM
Do you have any pics of failed Springfield recievers? Any legit reports of Springfield recievers failing?
Just asking.
Anyone on this board had a reciever from Springfield fail?
As I understand it, our military's key weapon has a cast Aluminum reciever.
I think its called the M4. No?

March 4, 2012, 03:23 PM
There's nothing wrong with the cast SAI receivers. They've been making them that way for a long time now, including some that were rock and roll, and I've yet to hear of any KBs where the receiver was at fault. A properly cast and heat treated receiver in a semi auto will outlive all of us.

Back to the Polytech, if it hasn't had a USGI bolt put in, it may need it, and that will require a smith who is familiar with the M14 (Warbird Customs, Fulton Armory, etc). The Chinese bolts were soft and the headspacing would change over time. Tack that price onto the rifle if it hasn't had the conversion done.

Get a go/no-go gauge if you decide to buy it with a Chinese bolt in it.

Also, some of the Poly's parts are not to USGI spec (metric threads, pins that are a different size, etc.) Not a biggie, but something to be aware of if you have to replace parts down the road.


Slick Pilot
March 4, 2012, 04:23 PM
Thanks to all!

March 4, 2012, 08:40 PM
If some unfortunate kaboom happens and GOd forbid a cast receiver could split into two and maybe render you blind from the splinters,

Cal-gun Fan
March 4, 2012, 09:06 PM
M4 receivers are forged. That being said, I've never heard of an M1A from springfield failing at the receiver. Plus, they come with a lifetime warranty.

Thats a failure due to the ammunition, not the receiver.

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