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This is a discussion on Introducing Bula M14 TFL53. A simple build with a light touch of modern. within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Originally Posted by tonyben I've been sitting on TFL53 for months now. I've been working on other people's rifles for a while now and I ...


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Old May 14th, 2017, 05:39 PM   #31
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I've been sitting on TFL53 for months now. I've been working on other people's rifles for a while now and I finally made some time to get mine done. I originally was going to use a 22" Bula NM barrel but I wanted to do a lightweight build. I ended up using a standard weight 19.25" Bula barrel. This rifle is made with all availabe Bula parts.

It's sitting in a GI fiberglass krinkle stock with an M14.CA SHG scout hand guard. This rifle came together easily and quickly. I just finished it today and it hasn't been fired yet. Without the magazine, it weighs 9lbs, 5 ounces.







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Is the SHG you used higher/lower, lighter/heavier, better/ same as the Ultimax rails?

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Old May 14th, 2017, 06:54 PM   #32
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I could definitely see that handguard on a future build.

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Break-in rage session

I had to test fire some rifles today and took her along. Ran 45 rounds through it without a hiccup. All 149 grain XM80 and PMC 150 grain FMJ. I didn't make it off the 50 yard line today but it was a joy to shoot!

I ran the last 25 rounds through her in about a minute and a half. The scout rail acted like a big heat sink. It was good and warm! I imagine it would help the barrel cool quicker.



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Is the SHG you used higher/lower, lighter/heavier, better/ same as the Ultimax rails?
I've never handled the ultimak hand guard, so I can't compare.

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I ran the last 25 rounds through her in about a minute and a half. The scout rail acted like a big heat sink. It was good and warm! I imagine it would help the barrel cool quicker.Tony.
VERY nice job there, Tony. Question: does it get boring having builds that go together without any drama?

On the subject of the shg, I like it a lot, but I've never seen anyone mount anything on the farthest forward section of rail, and that goes for any system - VLTOR, Troy, etc. What would be neat-o is if that real estate was redesigned to take advantage of the heat sink characteristic of the handguard. Wouldn't you think so, Lazerus2000?

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That's a black rifle with class.
Tony, is that a early NM or GI rear sight, and what front sight did you use?
The op rod is beefy. Is that a Bula product?

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Forgot to mention, yes the operating rod is Bula. Also, with the sights set to mechanical zero and with the rear sight bottomed out, the point of impact at 50 yards was pretty much dead on. I only needed to adjust my front sight. On the green target, the three separate groups were me adjusting my front sight to try and get it centered. On the SR-1 target, the Federal American Eagle XM80 must have been running a little hotter and the point of impact came down but my front sight was finally in the right spot.

I may have to buy some more of that PMC bronze. It was grouping nicely and I bought it for $13 a box at Cabela's.

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VERY nice job there, Tony. Question: does it get boring having builds that go together without any drama?

On the subject of the shg, I like it a lot, but I've never seen anyone mount anything on the farthest forward section of rail, and that goes for any system - VLTOR, Troy, etc. What would be neat-o is if that real estate was redesigned to take advantage of the heat sink characteristic of the handguard. Wouldn't you think so, Lazerus2000?
No, it's actually quite satisfying. I'd say this build took me maybe 3 or 4 hours from start to finish. Most of the time was spent dremeling the stock just behind the stock ferrule to get clearance for the scout hand guard button head screws, and scraping off the extra paint where the trigger group pads and tang rest.

Bula legs run a little wide and usually fit really tight into GI stocks and SAGE chassis. Due to the paint and texture that SAI used when they painted these and the slightly wide receiver legs, I had to use a clamp that construction and wood workers use to get the receiver to set down into the stock. Trigger group lockup on this one is very tight!

As a side note, I used my rear sight barrel timing gauge and bubble level to level the scout hand guard with the rear sight deck.

As far as the heat sink characteristics, most heat sinks have fins to increase air flow and surface area to speed cooling. I imagine that the forward picatinny slots kid of act the same way and may be slightly more efficient than if the front was solid. The SHG has three major contact points on the barrel from which to draw heat from.

You know, now that I think about it, I'm going to pull the barrel off when I get to 100 or 200 rounds and have everything nitrided (minus the receiver and cast gas system).

For anyone who gets a new build that hasn't been test fired, the action will be a little rough and stiff until the contact points smooth out the parkerizing. After 45 rounds, this action smoothed out a lot and it cycles like buttah!

I also forgot to mention that this is my first Bula rifle. I've got to have at least three more.

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Very nice Tony. Well done sir!
I never considered using that forward rail on another stock / chassis. Huh.... Now I have to build another one.

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Very nice.

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What does the hand guard do that makes it suitable for mounting an optic? Does it attach to the receiver or barrel?

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What does the hand guard do that makes it suitable for mounting an optic? Does it attach to the receiver or barrel?
It mounts to the barrel, but it is clear of the operating rod. It does not contact the receiver or the front band. I'm going to use a red Burris fast fire III on it. You can also use a low-mag long eye relief scope, like a pistol scope. It would be ideal for close-in situations, hitting deer or man sized targets inside 200 yards. I'm hoping to make it to a 3-gun competition some time and this would be the rifle for that.

I had to send my FastFire back to Burris for repair, but I'm hoping that with it mounted I can still see the iron sights. I'll find out in about a month or so.

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Where are you going to have it nitrided at?

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Tony has the nicest toys !!

I like it ... compact and handy.

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Great look Tony! TFL 37, a cousin, says hello.
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That's the first M1A that has a pic rail that, to me, looked right at home.

Very nice Tony!

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That's the first M1A that has a pic rail that, to me, looked right at home.

Very nice Tony!
Yep, that looks pretty darn acceptable, particularly with a classic profile stock.

Any chance you could get some kind of red dot sight to actually cowitness with the irons, one way or another?

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