September 30th, 2007, 06:29 PM
Join Date: Nov 2004
the Op rod is good to go. one piece design. very well made.
Get a gunsmith to check your headspace. most are head spaced 7.62 Nato. not .308. some have had long head space that were imported into the US. I hear the newer canada imported rifles are better. check anyway to make sure. shoot it and then check it again to make sure its not getting worse. some of the older rifles had soft bolts ( read Different's Faq its a wealth of info)
Mag catch???? why is yours malfunctioning? get the cmi mags or usgi mags. Real type 57s work well too.
NOTE: some of the knock off brand mags are hard to get in and out of the rifle. ( if this is the case file down the little block on the back of the "knock off" mag that the catch engages this will make it easier to get in and out of the rifle. I have a few of these cheap imitation type 57s and had to file every one of them to get them to work, I used my usgi ones to measure off of and made them close to same size. Because My old viet nam vintage USGI mags run flawless.
AFAIK: 147 -150 gr is better bullet weight with stock gas system. you need a NM grooved piston to shoot the heavier 180gr bullets or one of the adj. gas plugs. don't know if they make them for the metric gas cyl.
the gas cl. valve need to be in the open position. slot vertical. only reason to close it is when launching granades. the valve itself needs only a little maint. about every 300 rds give it a good cleaning. keep the gas piston and cyl. dry (free of any oil or grease) can put a little on the plug threads to keep from sticking, Never sieze works well too. Grease all other metal to metal contact points. op rod guide, op rod track, bolt roller, top of the hammer etc.. the 14 dosn't use oil for lubrication, only for rust prevention on the outside metal.
You got a great rifle treat it well.
Last edited by gatorshooter; September 30th, 2007 at 06:52 PM.