This is a discussion on LRB M14SA or M25? within the Modern M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I'm trying to decide on which receiver to get; LRB M14SA or M25. I have a JAE stock on the way and a NF F1 ...
I'm trying to decide on which receiver to get; LRB M14SA or M25. I have a JAE stock on the way and a NF F1 50mm scope. I want to use the irons without removing the scope but I'm told that really isn't an option. So is the M25 the best bet?
Since I'll be using a Krieger barrel I was thinking of going medium weight versus heavy,(both are the same price), in case I change stocks for whatever reason, ( Sage, Mc Millan, etc). What are your thoughts? Pros & cons?
If you're building a rifle primarily for scoped use, I'd get the M25. I like LRB's M25 over SAI's now discontinued M25 due to the fact that it properly has iron sights as an option, in case somehow your scope is disabled. I'd get the heavy Krieger also.
If you want an all around M14, I'd get a second one later that you can modify or change stocks as you like. The parts you have chosen should make a fine dedicated scoped rifle though, and I'd go with the M25 first and keep it one way.
M25 for sure. You can easily take the scope off for shooting irons. The one and only thing missing is the clip guide. I haven't used the guide since 1967 so for me it is no loss. In my opinion this is the best rifle available any where. I have 4 of them and intend to add another few this coming Winter building season.http://
I'll vote M25 also. But I'd get rings like Badger Ordnance and just carry a cut down 1/2" wrench and witness mark the nuts. I've got ARC M3 rings and have witness marked the screws, they return to zero every time. They may take me a few extra seconds to remove, but I just feel better having a solid torque spec. Maybe if I find QR rings I actually like, I'll change my mind. I also like the M25 since it lets you get the scope about as low as possible. The only thing lower is the ARMS 18.
As for the barrel, I've had both and definitely recommend the medium weight barrel. The rifle is already going to be a tank, so no need to add more to it, and future interchangeability are the main reasons.
Ive been leaning toward the M25 anyway, looks like a more solid and clean setup . . . just needed to make sure it was the right move. Now for the barrel. Medium or Heavy . . . With the G3 stock and NF-F1 the rifle is already heavy so I just need to figure out if the added weight of the Heavy Barrel is of any real gain. As for the muzzle break, I am looking at the JPTRE-5.58S.925. Should go nice with the stainless barrel.
nf1 - I like the Arms setup. I was thinking of Larue or GG&G as well. As far as stand rings go, what height can I get away with so that I clear the rear sight and the objective clears the handguard?