This is a discussion on Polytech M-14S AAR within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Today was a beautiful day for a few hours of shooting, and I've been itching to shoot my Poly after installing my McMillan "bowling ball" ...
Today was a beautiful day for a few hours of shooting, and I've been itching to shoot my Poly after installing my McMillan "bowling ball" stock along with a NM rear aperature & NM front sight post and picking up some different ammo to try out. I'm still working on my fundamentals as I've never really shot "precision" rifle and it's something that I would like to take seriously. My rifle in stock form shot fine function-wise but consistancy was hit and miss...but it could've also partly been the ammo as one of the other High Power guys was having a hard time getting a group from my rifle. I initially picked up 400rds. of the FAME S.A.C. surplus ammo but come to find out it just isn't the best stuff out there...far from it.
Anyway, I set up a few targets on the 100yd frame and popped off a few rounds to help settle the rifle into the stock and then to adjust the front sight to zero the rear for windage. I started with some German MEN (1993) surplus and got just under 3". I was hoping for better as I have been hearing that the German surplus is consistant but it could still be that the action was still settling. Next was some FN (1977) surplus which came in right around 2.5"...getting better.
Lastly I loaded up 10 rounds of the Privi 168gr OTM BT .308 commercial. The first group was high & left, but 4 of the 5 rounds were a little over 1 1/2". 1 click down and a smidge left on the front sight got me smack dab exactly where I wanted to be, but what was more surprising was that 4 of the 5 rounds were just over 1 inch!!! I was about blown away that my basically stock Chinese service rifle turned out such an awesome result!! My first round is always the flier and I'm thinking that once I replace the recoil spring with a GI spring (I already got one) and the spring guide with a Sadlak (I don't have one) then I believe that my fliers will shrink quite a bit.
Anyway, I'm really happy with how things are turning out with my little Commie rifle and that the upgrades are actually making a huge difference. My wife got me a sweet shooting jacket for Christmas so I'm really looking forward to the next High Power match next month to see how much my scores will improve.
I got the stock from a member off the SIG forum for 150.00 shipped. It was never installed on a rifle so it was basically new. He thought that the pattern was "weird" and that's why he was letting it go so cheap.
Welcome to the high power community. Great start with irons. The new jacket should help your shooting a lot, worth a few points.
Next step. Train up. My unsoilicited suggestion - shoot prone, shoot prone, and then shoot more prone. The steadiest position obviously, easier to burn in the proper sight picture on what it takes to put rounds after rounds in the center.
Not to mention at least 50% of the shots in any high power match will be shot on your belly.
My very first M1A came in a McMillan stock and I only wish it had been as attractive as yours. It was originally a baby blue and white swirl pattern that I rushed home and painted as quickly as I could before my manhood came into question. LOL It was built to supermatch standards and was one heavy SOB with that stock and heavy barrel. Not being a High Power shooter, I sold it in favor of lighter/trimmer GI synthetic stocked variations. Dang good shooter though. I thought all the McMillan stocks had to be glass bedded.....is yours? Get some black Krylon on that handguard ASAP....that brown is just.....wrong!
I'm not riding the charging handle when loading the first round so I know it is chambering correctly. I do want to get one of those Smith oversize bolt releases so there won't be any charging handle issues.
I really am liking the Privi 168gr OTM ammo but I was a little disappointed with their 175gr FMJ match ammo. I wasn't getting much better results than some good surplus. I'll definately be picking up some more of the OTM as it is much cheaper than the FGMM.
I only shot 1 HP match so far but that match really gave me the bug. Living/supporting a family solely on my disability really cuts into my hobbies so practicing is sparse...that and my disabilities make prone very uncomfortable to say the least.
I've gotten a few offers on my stock but as of yet she's staying on the Poly. It is not too heavy but it is really beefy. I didn't do any bedding but the action fit real tight...REAL TIGHT. There is plenty of room for a heavy contour barrel but right now the factory barrel seems to do the job. All in all I'm pretty happy.
I do want to get one of those Smith oversize bolt releases so there won't be any charging handle issues.
If you shoot in matches as a service rifle, the oversized bolt release is considered an external modification, therefore not legal for a service rifle. Most likely local matches not one person will care, going to a big match someone might say something about it.
Last edited by Bamban; January 6th, 2012 at 10:25 PM.
Those groups look good for shooting irons. I understand about the disability thing, I am disability retired LE. I do ok prone, but the angles of the sling side hurt like a mother. My real issue is no stability in the support arm for off hand. None of my ligaments in my shoulder on that side attach where they were intended to, and even the biceps tendon and pectoral muscles have been moved around. I like you love the HP game, I am just trying to work up to the shoulder helping me a bit more.
I think you have winner there in this rifle though.