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Old November 11th, 2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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Most of you guys probably already know about all the trouble I have had with 7.62, well I have not heard from them but I have gotten a new Rockola M14F receiver from James River Armory, these seem to be well constructed, and well priced. Yesterday I took it and my parts over to Elmer Balances shop for the build, it went together pretty smoothly, with one exception, the receiver legs seemed to be slightly oversized which required us to remove the stock liner and file a small amount of metal off. I emailed about this issue, and the response back was that they were going to make a go no go gauge for the legs so they can better check them before they go out.. It should be noted that I have not heard of anyone else with this issue, so it maybe just mine.
Today was range day, that didn't start out well, woke up with a migraine but made it out, luckily God gave me an overcast sky, but I still didn't get as many rounds down range as I wanted to. Fired maybe 30rds of Win. White Box and PMC, neither of which have given me good accuracy in the past but this trip was a function test. All rounds went down range on the first squeeze of the trigger, normally I would blame the ammo for my bad shooting, but today I was ill, so lets blame that. Only malfunction I had was with the bolt stop not holding the bolt on last round, didn't happen all the time, maybe 50%, I was using a very well used GI mag which could have been the problem, but I suspect the spring is too strong and will require removal of a coil, but I will try a different mag first. I did mount a scope with a Basset mount, zeroed with no problems, I didn't retrieve the target though as others were shooting.
Overall I am very happy with the Rockola M14F, I think it is well made, and it works.. I was Zeroing the irons on the 50m target, soon as I got a couple in the center I moved to the 100






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Old November 11th, 2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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Thank you for the report. I am looking at getting one of these for my future M14 build.

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Old November 11th, 2013, 01:47 PM   #3
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thanks for the write up. i'm jealous how fast you were able to get yours built up. i should have the parts to barrel mine up next weekend. thats a good looking rifle you got there

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Old November 11th, 2013, 02:02 PM   #4
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thanks for the write up. i'm jealous how fast you were able to get yours built up. i should have the parts to barrel mine up next weekend. thats a good looking rifle you got there
make sure you do a write up

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Old November 11th, 2013, 02:34 PM   #5
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Old November 11th, 2013, 03:02 PM   #6
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Good looking rifle! I know you just got the receiver, so it was less than 30 days from bare forged receiver to rounds down range? Excellent!!

Ol' Ronny boy at SEI better wake up; there is a new supplier ready to Rock & Roll!!! - and it sounds like they want our business!!

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Old November 11th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #7
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Well done. You have had more than your share of troubles with receivers. I think you made a wise choice with the M14F. I am hoping to collect funds for one of my own.

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Old November 11th, 2013, 03:18 PM   #8
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Congrats! You deserved a good day at the range. I am sure the range time helped you get over the migraine.

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Old November 11th, 2013, 03:42 PM   #9
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Very Nice.

Built in Elmer Balance's shop to boot.

I Love it when this kind of stuff happens.

Congrats & Thank You for posting results.

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Looks great! Good to see another receiver mfg out there. These look promising!

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Old November 11th, 2013, 09:19 PM   #11
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Any additional comments as far as barrel timing, bolt lug contact, firing pin relief, etc.?

What did you use for an OpRod (in case I missed it earlier)?

Ordered a Troy MCS today (veterans day sale at DWP). Still vacillating on which way I'm going for barrel and stock. Had a long conversation with LAW483 - might try one of his pistol-gripped stocks, build me a modern-style wood gun (for a change).

I'm not in as much of a rush as I thought I was, have OpRod and TG in hand (HR, via Windy City) - still have to make some "critical decisions" on barrel and stock.

Keep us posted as you get lead downrange - thanks for the report…

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Any additional comments as far as barrel timing, bolt lug contact, firing pin relief, etc.?

What did you use for an OpRod (in case I missed it earlier)?

Ordered a Troy MCS today (veterans day sale at DWP). Still vacillating on which way I'm going for barrel and stock. Had a long conversation with LAW483 - might try one of his pistol-gripped stocks, build me a modern-style wood gun (for a change).

I'm not in as much of a rush as I thought I was, have OpRod and TG in hand (HR, via Windy City) - still have to make some "critical decisions" on barrel and stock.

Keep us posted as you get lead downrange - thanks for the reportů

Rick
bolt contact looked good to me and elmer, timing was a little off, the GI barrel and Crite barrel looked to be at about 8 o clock, I had a used SAI barrel and it timed pretty good so I went with it, not sure if the shoulder had been cut before or not, but it timed. As far as firing pin bridge, Elmer said it was tight, but it did what it was supposed to do, and he liked it.

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and I used an HR op rod

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........ Had a long conversation with LAW483 - might try one of his pistol-gripped stocks, build me a modern-style wood gun (for a change)......

Rick
A while back Tony was overwhelmed with work cause folks got wind of his quality and excellent workmanship.
No big deal when there's a backorder on a receiver. Now with James River on the move and forged receivers in
stock, a fella will be waiting on the wood. Not a bad situation considering you can take time to get your build right.

The latest creation I got from LAW483 is nothing short of awesome. It is my favorite and a keeper.
His attention to detail is unsurpassed. My expectation is you will be pleased with his work as I have been.


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bolt contact looked good to me and elmer, timing was a little off, the GI barrel and Crite barrel looked to be at about 8 o clock, I had a used SAI barrel and it timed pretty good so I went with it, not sure if the shoulder had been cut before or not, but it timed. As far as firing pin bridge, Elmer said it was tight, but it did what it was supposed to do, and he liked it.
Anxious to see if my barrel timing is a bit advanced like yours. When retarded you can just crank a bit more torque but what can you do when it twist past center. Hope my RockOla torques well like your SAI barrel. Thanks for sharing.

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