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Old May 31st, 2017, 05:22 AM   #1
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New to the M14 platform, with some questions about my new Rock-ola

Hey everyone,

I was recently in the market for my first long gun, and after a good amount of research I decided to purchase a JRA Rock-ola M14 a few weeks ago. Iíve heard many great things about the Rock-ola and everything seemed to fit together very nicely upon the initial inspection, but the day I was going to take it to the range to fire I noticed that there was an uneven gap between the stock and end of the receiver heel.

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Iím in no way an expert but it almost looks like part of the actual receiver heel was removed during the machining process, causing it to not sit flush on top of the stock. The sides of the receiver heel seem to fit tightly, but at the end of the receiver heel the left side sits a fair bit above the right side. From what I gathered from some older posts on the forum, this is definitely abnormal. I want to apologize beforehand if Iím asking anything silly, but my questions are:
  • Is this purely a cosmetic fit and finish issue? And does anyone know if itís something JRA is willing to replace?
  • Is this rifle safe to shoot? And will it cause any issues in the future not related to accuracy?
  • How much will this amount of gap have a discernable impact on accuracy?

I also shot out an email to JRA about it during the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, but I havenít heard from them yet, so Iím looking for a second opinion from those who know much better than myself. I'm still very excited to own an M14 and to learn more about them.

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Old May 31st, 2017, 05:40 AM   #2
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Does look odd to me. I'm no expert.

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Old May 31st, 2017, 05:47 AM   #3
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I'd be upset about that

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Old May 31st, 2017, 06:31 AM   #4
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I would let JRA deal with that. Wait see if they reply promptly, if not call them.

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Old May 31st, 2017, 07:35 AM   #5
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That's not good! Send it back.

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Old May 31st, 2017, 08:05 AM   #6
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I know next to nothing about the M1a but I just sent a new Springfield to a gunsmith before I even messed with it and one of his complaints about the Springfield was that there was no gap at the heel to let the action flex. I don't know that that is what he was referring to but I suspect it is.

I'd talk to JRA before I got upset. Apparently it takes some voodoo to get the M1a to shoot to its potential. JRA may just be on top of it.

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I know next to nothing about the M1a but I just sent a new Springfield to a gunsmith before I even messed with it and one of his complaints about the Springfield was that there was no gap at the heel to let the action flex. I don't know that that is what he was referring to but I suspect it is.

I'd talk to JRA before I got upset. Apparently it takes some voodoo to get the M1a to shoot to its potential. JRA may just be on top of it.
What are you talking about?

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Old May 31st, 2017, 08:52 AM   #9
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That receiver you have has a factory defect, it's not right that's for sure. Call'um!

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Old May 31st, 2017, 11:41 AM   #10
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Old May 31st, 2017, 11:42 AM   #11
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That's a GI stock. Maybe it's had some sanding on it to make it presentable. Might not be receiver after all.

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That's a GI stock. Maybe it's had some sanding on it to make it presentable. Might not be receiver after all.
You sir are correct, it's a USGI stock, after reading your post I went back and took a real good look at the two pictures provided. I am certain it is not the stock, the Bula receiver is deformed in the area of the heal where it meets the back porch of the stock.

I guess what the OP could do is place the receiver on a flat surface or even use a ruler to determine for sure, but I don't believe all that is necessary.

What he needs to do is call Bula, find out what they plan to do about it, I would like to know for future reference.

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Old May 31st, 2017, 01:05 PM   #13
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No way I'd be happy with something like that.

I want this Rock-Ola/Bula thing to work out. Let us know how they resolve the issue.

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I know next to nothing about the M1a but I just sent a new Springfield to a gunsmith before I even messed with it and one of his complaints about the Springfield was that there was no gap at the heel to let the action flex. I don't know that that is what he was referring to but I suspect it is.

I'd talk to JRA before I got upset. Apparently it takes some voodoo to get the M1a to shoot to its potential. JRA may just be on top of it.
You should get another gun smith FAST!!!!

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I also considered that the wood stock may have been altered or warped but it looked more like a receiver issue from all angles. The replies are much appreciated, I'll be sure to contact Bula and follow up with JRA with a call and keep everyone updated on the outcome.

@Landshark, I got my information from this thread in a post by Gus Fisher that seems to follow what your gunsmith said. From my understanding, the sides of the receiver heel are allowed some clearance, but the very back end of the heel needs to make contact with the stock.

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