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Old September 30th, 2007, 06:11 PM   #1
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Norinco M14

Im new to the forum and am looking for some advice from the pros.

I picked up a new Norinco M14 a few months back. I have always wanted a M14,and its hard to get USGI versions in Canada and M1A's are a bit out of my price range. The gun shoots great and its time to do some upgrades. I stripped and painted the stock black. I also got a scope base and mounted a Bushnell 10X40 scope on top.

What are the must replace parts on the Norinco M14's? I have heard that the OP rod should be changed out. I would also like to upgrade the mag catch and anything that should be done to make the rifle more reliable.

Also what is the best ammo to use. I heard that 168 grain is about as heavy as you want to go with M14's. I put through 100 rounds of 180 grain without problems but I dont want to cause any damage.

Also when I got it, the rifle was swimming in packing grease. I stripped it down and cleaned it and reassembled as I thought it came apart. When I took it to the range the rifle would only fire a round at a time. I disassembled and reassembled and had no problems. I didn't get a manual with the gun so it was a bit of a learning curve. Does anyone know my mistake? I have heard that the gas can be turned off so my guess is thats what happened. It functions now and Im really careful after reassembly.

I am reading through some of the sticky's on the forum which are excellent and any help from the M14 pros is greatly appreciated.

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Old September 30th, 2007, 06:29 PM   #2
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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.


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Old September 30th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #3
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Essential Reading

First, get the essential book "The M14 Owner's Guide and Match Conditioning Instructions" available from Fulton Armory.

Next, in your particular case, you should definitely pick up "The M14 Complete Assembly Guide" (also from FA). This book will not only explain in great detail the differences between the US & ChiCom M14s, but also demonstrate (with plenty of illustrations) what parts to modify or change to make them great shooters.

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Old September 30th, 2007, 07:07 PM   #4
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Thanks alot guys.

The mag catch is not malfunctioning but I heard from a shooting buddy of mine that they cause problems. He was out of the M14 game for a few years so they might be better now. Im also going to post a pic when I find my camera cable.

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First, get the essential book "The M14 Owner's Guide and Match Conditioning Instructions" available from Fulton Armory.

Next, in your particular case, you should definitely pick up "The M14 Complete Assembly Guide" (also from FA). This book will not only explain in great detail the differences between the US & ChiCom M14s, but also demonstrate (with plenty of illustrations) what parts to modify or change to make them great shooters.

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