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How to build an M14/ M1A

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by sprice, Mar 7, 2009.

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  1. sprice

    sprice Member

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    How do I go about getting a customized m14? I want a 22" medium Krieger barrel, Mcmillan (m2a or m3a?) or sage stock (what do y'all think is better?), US GI parts and I want it to be sub-moa accurate. What gunsmith should I use? What reciever is better for the money (I would like it forged; fulton for $600 or LRB for a little more $?), as you can tell I don't know how to get all of these things and I want it in a tactical-type of stock. I would like to keep it Around $2,000 without a scope. :) thanks again!
     
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  2. lipadj46

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    SEI and Warbirds are your best bet for a custom build. Build on an LRB receiver or SAI M1A receiver. You can also buy a Chinese M14 and customize it. The only way to stay under $2000 would be to go with the Chinese M14 and even then it is doubtful.

    Buy a new SAI M1A if you want to stay under $2000.
     
  3. nbkky71

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    If you want an M1A that will consistently shoot sub-MOA it will cost you more than $2000... probably closer to $3,000.

    SAGE stocks cost around $700-$800. McMillan around $500
    A used M1A will cost you around $900
    A Krieger barrel will cost around $500
    Gunsmith labor for assembly/accurizing will probably be at least $500.

    You also want to make sure that you choose a gun-plumber who is knowledgeable about the M14/M1A. Here's a list of recommended folks over on the M14 rifle forum

    http://m14tfl.com/upload/showthread.php?t=54366

    I had my Supermatch built using a Barnett barrel and a McMillan stock. The best that I can get out of it shooting off the bench, using quality ammo, is about .75MOA. I really like the McMillan but have never shot a SAGE stock so I can't offer any firsthand opinions there.
     
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  5. Retro

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    Medium weight or heavy weight barrels won't fit in a SAGE stock, and you have to get a glass bedding job done every 6 months, or you can get on the waiting list and get a JAE 100 G2 stock with permanent bedding in about 5 months.

    $1400 for a used M1A
    $450 for a Krieger heavy wt barrel
    $1100 for a JAE 100 G2 Stock
    $150 for a unitized gas system
    $200 for match trigger
    $60 for NM piston
    $500 for gunsmith labor
    $150 for SEI muzzle brake

    You are looking at a ballpark figure of $4000 to build up your sub-MOA M1A.

    Might be cheaper to buy for a new Loaded M1A or a used SA whitefeather.
     
  6. lipadj46

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    A bit of an exaggeration there? :) Glass beddings are a pain but will last fairly long for a normal shooter that only removes their action from the stock once every year or so. Some of the epoxy materials are pretty tough also. I like the stocks that don't require bedding but for $800+ I will deal with bedding. Actually I don't deal with bedding because my loaded shoots well enough for me without it.
     
  7. 30Cal

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    I think he's referring to all those guys that shoot 6 days a week, a hundred rounds a day.

    6-20 years is probably a more realistic estimate of bedding life for a shooter who averages twice a month.
     
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