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Old February 14th, 2017, 03:04 PM   #1
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New SA M1A Super Match

I recently purchased a new SA M1a Super Match. I am a Marine Corps veteran. Iíve been around a few rifles of different types. With that being said, the training Iíve had in the Corps is no new weapon had a round fired through it without a thorough cleaning. The Super Match is a bedded weapon and the general consensus is it should not be disassembled for extensive cleaning because of the potential for damage or wear of the bedding. How about an initial cleaning and lubrication? The barrel and bolt assembly goes without saying but the spring and op rod are a different issue. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.

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Old February 14th, 2017, 03:41 PM   #2
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Welcome, post some pics of your new weapon. What kind of stock is she sitting in? Use the search button in the blueish colored bar for answers to your more specific questions.

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Old February 14th, 2017, 04:46 PM   #3
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If you are careful not to use excessive force to remove action/barrel from bedded stock there is little risk of damaging the bedding. Discouraging people to not remove the action from bedded stock is to point out that repeatedly doing so in rough manner will damage the bedding. Some people can't resist just taking out of stock to see the internals and do so on a regular basis when it is not necessary and does cause wear and tear on the bedding. Observed young inexperienced HP shooter at our local range who had just purchased an SAI super match rifle of which he was very proud and during the day at the match he had the rifle apart half a dozen times to show everyone his new "ultimate rifle" as he put it. The guy was a bit on the short fuse side and had witnessed others trying to help him in his shooting skills and it was obvious he was not listening to those who are very fine shooters with years of experience and figured I would just let father time teach him a lesson or two.

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Don't take her apart. you can lube everything with out separating the action from the stock.

That rifle will never shoot as good once you disrupt the bedding.

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Old February 14th, 2017, 06:24 PM   #5
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Pull a patch from breech to muzzle, to make sure the bore is dry.

Take out the piston and make sure it is dry. Grease the gas plug threads.

Use a Q-Tip to grease the points shown in Chapter 5: https://archive.org/stream/FM23-81968#page/n29/mode/2up

Go ahead and shoot it with high quality ammunition, Federal M1A or GMM.

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Old February 14th, 2017, 09:36 PM   #6
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I'm in agreement with Instructor. Nothing wrong with the periodic removal and replacement for CLEANING purposes, not for curiosity's sake. I R&R about once a year, generally less than 2k rounds per year. Thing is, no matter how careful you are with cleaning solutions, they migrate into the bedding anyways. Those of you that never disassemble a bedded rifle may disagree with me. Ones that do R&R on occasion might possibly concur.

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Itís been a while since I posted my question. I called Springfield Armoryís customer service and asked them the same question. The rep was very nice and got the gravity of my question. She indicated that it is appropriate to disassemble the rife OCCATIONIALY. Two to three times a year should not be a problem. Using care during disassemble and reassemble should not present a problem. I had to use a wooden dowel and tap the inside of the receiver to start the receiver movement out of the bedded stock. After that it slid apart smoothly and relatively easily. Getting the op rod out was a different issue. With some coaxing and a nylon hammer it came out grudgingly. After cleaning the shipping grease off and lubing it, it went back together the same. As soon as I can I will post some pictures. I can hardly wait to get it on an appropriate length range. I donít reload so I will have to rely on factory ammo. I could use some advice on that issue. I purchased some Federal 168gr fmjbt match ammo. Also purchased a couple of boxes of Black Hills. Will see how it does on the range when I get a chance.

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For quick cleaning I use a Bore Snake on these rifles nowadays. However it will need more thorough cleaning to get all the copper out if inclined to do so, I do but not everyone bothers with it. For that you will need a bore guide that slips over the flash suppressor, the idea being to be very careful around the crown. Try some Fed OTM match ammo, good stuff and can be had very reasonably at the CMP on line. Good shooting!

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The rep was very nice and got the gravity of my question. She indicated that it is appropriate to disassemble the rife OCCASIONALLY......Will see how it does on the range when I get a chance.
Thanks for forwarding what Springfield told you. As WaM14gunner said, the American Eagle 168 OTM "for M1A" is a great cost effective ammunition.

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The super m is a great rifle, enjoy.

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First things first. Where are the pictures?

Only then will we be able to help you.

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