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Polytech M14 price check

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Coronach, Jul 21, 2007.

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  1. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

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    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.
     
  2. Alphazulu6

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    Hrm... polytech I would buy it for $500 just as a "keep it until they become illegal and sell" projects :D
     
  3. Seven High

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    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.
     
  4. bartsimpson123844

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    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?
     
  5. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

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    That's what a Polytech is. ;)
     
  6. LeonCarr

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    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
     
  7. Gator

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    Yeah, buy it and send it to Smith for a complete inspection, new bolt, and re-heat treat.
     
  8. Samuraigg

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    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?
     
  9. aubie515

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    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.
     
  10. Gator

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    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.
     
  11. Samuraigg

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    Are there any 922r complications with a Poly? Can you use high capacity mags without swapping in US made parts?
     
  12. Coronach

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