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Old March 20th, 2020, 02:59 PM   #1
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Bula vs Springfield Armory

New to the forum by about a week or so. See a lot of posts mentioning Bula. I went to their website and looked around. What makes the Bula Traditional M14 22″ Modified USGI Barrel a better rifle that Springfield Armory's Standard M14?

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Old March 20th, 2020, 03:14 PM   #2
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That would have to be opinion only.

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Old March 20th, 2020, 04:38 PM   #3
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Would likely also vary on who happened to build it, and which way the dice were facing when they stopped, in terms of which parts were grabbed, etc.

Bula rifles have forged receivers, which are stronger, though if that will ever make a practical difference, hope you never find out, because that means something went very wrong. But, all else being equal why not?

Springfield Armory Inc, though, has a lifetime warranty, which is nice too. OTOH, if it was built well to begin with, the likelihood of needing anything beyond standard maintenance and small parts is pretty low.

Now, something about Bula that might be of definite advantage, or for that matter LRB, or Fulton, is that you can have somebody who is both capable and invested in getting it all right the first time put it together for you, and not wonder if there's something going to pop up later that you inconveniently need to address. It'll cost a bit more, though maybe not nearly much more than you'd think for a 'custom' build. Plus, it's kind of fun making decisions about what you want to make it yours.

I don't think there's a wrong decision among any of it. Just more than a few options.

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It's whatever you want. It's how it was built. They will shoot better than you.

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Sons had a Bula for a couple years now and after developing a load that works. It shoots great and is still original with no upgrades. On the other hand I have a Springfield that I’ve owned since 91 all GI parts. Had it bedded, sadlak piston,and op rod spring guide. He out shoots me with his Bula but is it the rifle or the shooter

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Old March 20th, 2020, 05:22 PM   #6
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Sons had a Bula for a couple years now and after developing a load that works. It shoots great and is still original with no upgrades. On the other hand I have a Springfield that Iíve owned since 91 all GI parts. Had it bedded, sadlak piston,and op rod spring guide. He out shoots me with his Bula but is it the rifle or the shooter
You don't really want one of us to answer that, do you?

Some of this is just developed preference. Springfield has its loyalists, as does LRB and no doubt Bula is growing its own. And James River, I should add. I am definitely a forged receiver type, plus I like stuff built to suit. But I am not a particularly good rifle shooter, so it's a given that my rifles will shoot better than their owner. It's as much about admiring the quality hardware and workmanship as the potential performance, for me.

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Old March 21st, 2020, 05:19 AM   #7
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My Bulas shoot pretty decent. I like 10 rnd groups at 100 yds for a test.
I shot this with one of my .308 Bulas, my 6.5s shoot about half this size 10 rnd groups when I do my part. This is an old photo, groups have tightened up a little in the last couple of years with more practice.


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I solved this particular dilemma by buying one of each and then giving them equal time at the range. Can't have them squabbling in the safe about who's the favorite! They both shoot well and I am equally pleased with them.
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Depends on if you want to hear a, "Thunk, Thunk" (SA)...

Or a, "Ting, Ting" (BULA) !!!
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Depends on if you want to hear a, "Thunk, Thunk" (SA)...

Or a, "Ting, Ting" (BULA) !!!
Man, Seagiant, that is a NICE RIFLE!

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You'll never find one receiver shooting better than another. It's all about the other RIGHT parts being put together CORRECTLY.

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You'll never find one receiver shooting better than another. It's all about the other RIGHT parts being put together CORRECTLY.
I have gradually come to the conclusion, as well, that having access to a bunch of different parts, to be able to select what fits together best without 'fitting' procedures, is also of major advantage, if not merely convenience.

One more advantage of having somebody who builds regularly, with the stocked parts to do so, taking the wheel.

Of course, that hasn't convinced me to get my fingers out of the mix entirely. I am really grateful that Ted Brown was available to bail me out of my "Hmm" moment and personally lay hands on a receiver/barrel combination that just didn't want to play easily with either of the bolts I had on hand. Him being familiar and a proponent with both GWLA and LRB has feel good value on top of his heaps of experience.

It does, though, make me wish I had more parts, and the budget to screw things up with the inevitable failures that come with enough attempts at something new, and chalk it up to a learning experience.

Still learning, just that more I learn, the faster I figure out what's out of my present comfort zone.

Maybe, to the question of the OP, Get one, then get the other because two is one and all that, then let us know.


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You'll never find one receiver shooting better than another. It's all about the other RIGHT parts being put together CORRECTLY.
I don't believe anyone was talking about just a receiver. Never seen any receiver yet that could shoot by itself.
The term Bula , as used in my post, refers to the total of the rifle's component parts receiver, barrel, and all associated assemblies, obviously not simply the receiver. In my experience, Bula rifles, properly put together, tend to have as good or better accuracy than the majority of other brands. The op was asking about SAI or Bula rifles, not just receivers.
I think the fact that most of Bula Defense Systems parts are done in house and made in the USA, puts them at the top of the list.

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Art,

Do you find that be the case with Bula vs All SAI models or do you think the National Match and Super Match models are held to a higher standard and compete on a level playing field with the Bula's given the same configuration. In my experience, my NM was a way better build than the Loaded I initially bought when I got into the platform.

As I recall, the JRA standard weight builds ran about $2000 which is a tad more expensive than a New National Match costs and if you comparing out of the box accuracy per dollar spent, the SAI would probably own a JRA standard weight build. Granted, you have way more experience as I've only owned 3 M1A's in my life, but the NM and Glenn Nelson super's I owned were great shooters.

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My Bulas shoot pretty decent. I like 10 rnd groups at 100 yds for a test.
I shot this with one of my .308 Bulas, my 6.5s shoot about half this size 10 rnd groups when I do my part. This is an old photo, groups have tightened up a little in the last couple of years with more practice.
Now Art, you just had to go and prove that you can both build a fine rifle and shoot it well to boot. You're making some of us look bad, lol.

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