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Old March 16th, 2017, 10:10 PM   #1
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The good kind actually. I have the LRB M14 got off of GB some months back and its a good shooter and I really like it. It has the medium match Barnett barrel which as you know is fairly heavy. Stock is also med weight and slightly oversized. Receiver was shipped from LRB to a gun shop in 5/08, builder remains unknown. A while back perusing GB again, or still, I noticed a new std weight LRB barrel for sale from a fella who uses a rock star name as his handle, believe he is a member here. Pictures of the barrel showed it date stamped... wait for it,, 5/08! Now this of course makes it a barrel worth having so I made an offer and snagged it. I just set it aside for "someday", but its beginning to bug me. So I thought well maybe I should pull the NM barrel off the LRB and put the proper dated LRB one on. I have no idea the round count on the current NM barrel but it shoots well and I probably wont live long enough to wear it out! I would of course then have the NM barrel for spare or sale or need another receiver to screw it on to. OY! Haven't made up my mind yet, but its a nice conundrum to have... Just random evening thoughts..

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Old March 17th, 2017, 07:44 AM   #2
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Were it me, I'd leave your current LRB as is. If the oversized stock bothers you, then the cheap fix is to replace it with a USGI surplus stock. You state that it shoots well, so it doesn't need to be "fixed" with another barrel.

For the barrel you just acquired, purchase a new receiver and begin another build. Does anyone really care about matching manufacturing dates on a non-military issue weapon? If you have to pay to have the heavier barrel pulled and replaced, you'll still have a spare barrel nagging at you to be built into another rifle anyway.

Just my .02 cents.

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Were it me, I'd leave your current LRB as is. If the oversized stock bothers you, then the cheap fix is to replace it with a USGI surplus stock. You state that it shoots well, so it doesn't need to be "fixed" with another barrel.

For the barrel you just acquired, purchase a new receiver and begin another build. Does anyone really care about matching manufacturing dates on a non-military issue weapon? If you have to pay to have the heavier barrel pulled and replaced, you'll still have a spare barrel nagging at you to be built into another rifle anyway.

Just my .02 cents.

I agree. Now you have $0.04 worth of advice.

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Per the NM weight stock, its bedded and just swapping stocks would also entail re bedding to keep it the shooter it is, probably. Besides the stock is a nice one with wood handguard. I too am more inclined to leave well enough alone, but still that matching dated barrel...chrome too. I am more or less indifferent to the chrome but I know there has been a lot of ink spilled about its desirability. It used to be considered a detriment to accuracy but one of the best shooting rifles I have owned is CL, my Armalite M15A2 Service rifle. Well, I don't have to do anything for now, just pondering. Thanks!

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I'd save the barrel and put the replacement idea on the back burner for a "just in case" scenario. Also, if you ever needed to sell that rifle, that barrel would make a nice enhancement as a "properly dated extra spare".

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