This is a discussion on M1A double lug receiver question within the Accuracy forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; How does it shoot now, and what are you expecting to do better with a screw? If I was building a rifle for heavy heavy ...
How does it shoot now, and what are you expecting to do better with a screw? If I was building a rifle for heavy heavy duty match use from scratch, I'd consider it. But otherwise, I'd be able to find a better use for the cash without looking very hard.
I have had 3 (still have one) double lugged M1A's built by Clint Fowler in the mid 1980's. To me that is the way to go ---- if you can get them. The ones built by Clint Fowler had pillow bedded into the stock...the lugs were drilled and tapped... the gun then screwed into stock with about 60 inch pounds torque on each end. The trigger group just hung there and the barrel did not have force on the stock. All mine shot like a house-a-fire. I wish I still had all them. The one I have left is one built on a McMillan stock. Double lugged bedding jobs will wear out several barrels before needing re-bedding.
Last I check Clint Fowler was still kicking.....
As with any gunsmith, I am sure there are people who had problems with Mr Fowler's stuff....but it was always very good for me.
As stated above I have had several where the lugs were welded by Clint Fowler.....I had no problems with them but -- there is always that possibility..
I have not had or personally looked at the ones Derick does....but knowing Derick and his work, I bet it is First Class... and if I were lugging one now, I would most likely have Derrick do it.
Re-barreling should not be an issue as it should be able to be done without the need to re-bed.....and as with the ones Clint Fowler has done, the bedding should wear out several barrels...
Originally Posted by Phil McGrath
YES, that is the type of front lug that Derick Martin does there is no heat from welding.
I have an M1A Super Match which has a Double-Lugged receiver. All is well and good. However Fulton Armory M1A rifles that have double-lugged receivers have the rear lug tapped so you can bolt the rear of the receiver into the stock bedding material much like a bolt guns action sits snug into it's stock. The bolt head that screws upward from the bottom of the stock into the rear lug of the receiver would be accessed by the trigger assembly being removed. As soon as I learned this I thought, "this is a really good idea!" I know a good gunsmith that can do this work for me. What do you think? Good Idea to get the receiver tighter and even more immobile into the bedded slots of the stock to stabilize accuracy even more?
I tapped ( threaded) the rear lug on my super match and added a pillar / bushing in the stock. If the gun has the rear lug its more useful threaded and bedded properly to get the most from it being there.