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Old July 6th, 2015, 07:28 PM   #1
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Can you help identify my markings? 2nd owner. 1st owner bought in the 1970s
Shoots like a dream, 3" groupings at 100 yds, with iron sights.

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Old July 7th, 2015, 01:41 AM   #2
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Congratulations! Don't change a thing.

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Old July 7th, 2015, 03:39 AM   #3
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I'm certainly not qaulified enough to fill you in on the details but that sure is a beauty and welcome to the forums Highhat2!

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Old July 7th, 2015, 03:41 AM   #4
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Old July 7th, 2015, 05:09 AM   #5
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Welcome to the form from central MS.
Like an above post said - don't change anything. That is a beauty and sounds like it shoots well to boot.
I am sure someone here can help with a little historical information.

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Old July 7th, 2015, 05:15 AM   #6
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Wish I could help with information. But I am in 100% agreement, dont change a thing...

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Old July 7th, 2015, 07:31 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum, it's good to have you. You have a very nice late Texsas manufactured rifle. Most of the Radium marked ones were sold as barreled receivers (IIRC from reading Different's research) and then built into rifles at a later date, many by military armorers. Elmer Ballance sold the company effective Nov 1974 (again IIRC).

As others have said, I wouldn't change anything on it unless it requires standard maintenance. With the barrel markings, it will bring a premium over non-marked examples.

If you would like more info on the M14, both military and civilian versions, look up Lee Emerson's (AKA Different) book, M14 Rifle Hisory and Developement. It can be found on Lulu.com.

We would love to see more pics if you break it down!

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Old July 7th, 2015, 07:47 AM   #8
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Welcome from Texas, Congratulations on a fine rifle.
Like has been mentioned don't touch a thing.

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Old July 7th, 2015, 08:17 AM   #9
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Thank you all for the warm welcome and the information.

I certainly don't want to, and will not, change anything on this rifle. I'm a fan of keeping things stock if I can (even old muscle cars).

All this information is great, so please keep it coming. More photos coming.

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Old July 7th, 2015, 10:33 AM   #10
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Welcome to the forum, it's good to have you. You have a very nice late Texsas manufactured rifle. Most of the Radium marked ones were sold as barreled receivers (IIRC from reading Different's research) and then built into rifles at a later date, many by military armorers. Elmer Ballance sold the company effective Nov 1974 (again IIRC).

As others have said, I wouldn't change anything on it unless it requires standard maintenance. With the barrel markings, it will bring a premium over non-marked examples.

If you would like more info on the M14, both military and civilian versions, look up Lee Emerson's (AKA Different) book, M14 Rifle Hisory and Developement. It can be found on Lulu.com.

We would love to see more pics if you break it down!

There seems to be several different additions of this book. Which would you recommend to start with?

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Old July 7th, 2015, 10:39 AM   #11
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Call or go by and see Elmer Ballance (somebody will have instant contact info), take your rifle, he'll educate you all about it.

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Old July 7th, 2015, 10:45 AM   #12
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Man, that stock is CRISP! The advice you are getting to leave it alone and enjoy - take it, as it is very good advice!!

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Old July 7th, 2015, 11:29 AM   #13
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You should send Different (Lee Emerson) your serial number and the information on the barrel markings and description of the rifle so he can put it on his spread sheet. Until this showed up my 003358 was the highest known complete rifle that Elmer built. Lee can probably give you an idea of whether it was a complete rifle or a barreled action. He wrote the book and while his column on this forum is not able to be updated with newer serials, his spread sheet and research at home is. Enjoy

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