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Old May 20th, 2017, 09:16 PM   #1
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Hey everybody; newbie here. I bought my first M1A in February last year; loaded with a walnut stock. I had the stock coated in polyurethane to give it some shine and offer some protection from bumps and dings. I added a Sadlak Industries rail and swivel for a bipod and I'm about to order their airborne scope mount. Once I have that done, I'll have it like I like it. Also got a local gunsmith to polish the trigger and I have it down to a smooth 3 lb pull. After doing some upgrading/modding on my current gun, I want to build an M1A. I have an idea of what parts to get; I want a Mcmillan adjustable M3A stock, either a Sadlak Industries scope mount or a Troy battle rail, and a Sadlak Industries op rod. The big question of which barrel and action remains. I have been looking at the Fulton Armory barreled actions with Kreiger barrels. I hear good things about both manufacturers, and I am aware of SEI. This gun would be for hunting and range time, so does anyone have any opinions on my thoughts so far? Also, are there any accuracy upgrades anyone would suggest? I will continue scouring the forum, but any opinions are welcome.

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Old May 21st, 2017, 05:36 AM   #2
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Welcome from SE GA.

I'm sure the Modern M14 Pros will be waking up soon to give you some opinions.

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Welcome. Check out BULA with Jon Wolfe. Watch the px here for parts. I just got" "Sweet Jane" from my ffl yesterday. It is a BULA XM21(no iron sights) with a Wolfe medium weight chromed barrel with Jon's oversize rod guide. The USGI gas cylinder timed perfectly. She hasn't got all her clothes yet, but since you guys are friends:
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Hey everybody; newbie here. I bought my first M1A in February last year; loaded with a walnut stock. I had the stock coated in polyurethane to give it some shine and offer some protection from bumps and dings. I added a Sadlak Industries rail and swivel for a bipod and I'm about to order their airborne scope mount. Once I have that done, I'll have it like I like it. Also got a local gunsmith to polish the trigger and I have it down to a smooth 3 lb pull. After doing some upgrading/modding on my current gun, I want to build an M1A. I have an idea of what parts to get; I want a Mcmillan adjustable M3A stock, either a Sadlak Industries scope mount or a Troy battle rail, and a Sadlak Industries op rod. The big question of which barrel and action remains. I have been looking at the Fulton Armory barreled actions with Kreiger barrels. I hear good things about both manufacturers, and I am aware of SEI. This gun would be for hunting and range time, so does anyone have any opinions on my thoughts so far? Also, are there any accuracy upgrades anyone would suggest? I will continue scouring the forum, but any opinions are welcome.
You need to decide:
If you really are going to use it for hunting, then weight is a big consideration. I would not consider the McMillan M3A for hunting. It's heavy and expensive to be dragging through the woods on a hunt.

If it will be multi-purpose, I would just go with a USGI FG stock, and a medium barrel, maybe even a lightweight barrel USGI profile.

And as Art indicated below, get your trigger put back to 4.5 lbs or you will get double fires and that's dangerous if not deadly.

If it's going to be just a target rifle, that opens up a lot of options. Bedded McMillan, heavy barrel.

In all cases, Bula and LRB are very nice products.
It's all what you want to use it for.

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Bula XM21 Receiver with a Wolfe modified medium barrel in a USGI Wood or synthetic or a EBR chassis is my vote.

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First off, I would suggest you take your current M1A back to your gunsmith and have the trigger group fixed so the pull is at least 4.5 lbs before you hurt yourself or someone else.
After that, my recommendation would be Bule Defense Systems as you have already got from others. Great company and products to work with.

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Old May 23rd, 2017, 10:38 AM   #7
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I haven't considered the issues with a light trigger pull, obviously I have some things left to learn; hence why I decided to subscribe to the forum and post. I ordered my own pull gauge to check the trigger myself and go from there. I'll keep looking into that. Thanks for the heads up. Thanks for the other info as well. I'll do some shopping around and more research. I may make my current M1A my hunting rifle and build the new one as a range/target gun. Are there any adjustable lightweight hunting stocks out there?

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I haven't considered the issues with a light trigger pull, obviously I have some things left to learn; hence why I decided to subscribe to the forum and post. I ordered my own pull gauge to check the trigger myself and go from there. I'll keep looking into that. Thanks for the heads up. Thanks for the other info as well. I'll do some shopping around and more research. I may make my current M1A my hunting rifle and build the new one as a range/target gun. Are there any adjustable lightweight hunting stocks out there?
The lightest stock out there is likely AG composites, but they no longer make them so you need to locate a used one.

Absent that option it would be USGI fiberglass and they can always be purchased. This is what I would use for the purpose of hunting.

They aren't adjustable but you need a riser anyway that can be customized on height.

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A 3 lb trigger could go bang simply by looking at it the wrong way.

Sadlak doesn't make an oprod. They do make an oprod spring guide, which is very popular. Bula makes a similar one for half the price.

If you already have a Loaded model with bipod rail and scope mount, you will probably want something handier for a 2nd rifle. If you find a McMillan adjustable stock, put in on the Loaded and put the walnut stock on your next rifle.

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Old May 23rd, 2017, 05:22 PM   #10
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First - Happy hunting.
When you say the rifle will be for hunting and range time that leaves open the questions of specifics. What kind of hunting and what kind of range time? If you're going to take a direct hike to a stand then weight may not be so much of an issue compared to still hunting. There is a big difference between a M14 set up for still hunting and one set up for stand hunting; especially "beanfield" hunting. (As with any rifle). This will also bring up the question of your sighting system; irons, reflex, short, medium or long range scope. Understand what you need for your type of hunting and you will find that is exactly what you need for range time to put food on the table.

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Well, no question on which receiver to use.
You specified you wanted to build an M1A, AKA Springfield Armory Inc Genesso Il.

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