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Old 01-17-2018, 09:28 AM
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I second the idea to look used; in today's market there are a lot of used deals out there. I've had about everything except a Fulton and Smith. Even my Armscorp was great, but it needed more tweaking by a M14 smith than most of today's receiver's. My Bula is wonderful, but not without growing pains and I still like the Polytech heel stamped versions, never had issues with the factory bolt but changed out rear sight and fire control guts. Just a great platform with lot's of options.

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Tyler9274 Heres my .02 Cents.... With a Budget of 1500.00 there are some good deals to be had buying USED . I WOULD NOT Buy any New SAInc rifles today... Buy a used SAInc rifle SN UNDER 100K that has USGI Parts on it...there are several Nice rifles on different sites including AR15 Forum, Here, etc. James River Rifles are made by Bula, are forged receivers with NON USGI parts on them. they come with a 1 Year Warranty if I read it right when I considered buying one. Read up on their reviews before spending the $$$. Norinco Rifles built on USGI rifles parts are quite good...and Fulton Armory...again used market. If you think the rifle will shoot 600 yds Out the Box ..... never happen. The Optic mount is the weak link on the rifle...buying a scope mount and setting it up can be a bear. Stock Bedding, trigger work, good ammo and experience on the weapon makes for a 600 yds consistent shot. Good Luck.
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Old 01-17-2018, 09:44 AM
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The smart move would be taking your time and looking for a SAI. seria.# 45,000-100,000 range in excellent to new condition. Study up and know what you are looking at when you are ready to buy will go a long way to ensure you end up with a quality firearm.

The thing to look for is that early SAI. with USGI parts, there are commercial parts available but they are not the equivalent of parts made by TRW, H&R, Winchester or Springfield Armory which closed it's doors in 1968.

One more thing that folks here have not mentioned about mounting a scope that needs to be addressed. While the Bassett mount serves a purpose and it's main attraction is ease of use, it is a far cry from the M14 scope mounts made by Brookfield Precision Tool co. or the clones that followed, Sadlak and SEI just to name a couple. Theses mounts are rock solid and offer the best foundation for your scope. While I will admit that they are more difficult to take on and off, they are without a doubt the best M14 scope mounts out there. If your rifle will be used predominately with a scope these are the mounts you want, but if are a weekend warrior and plan to use your iron sights on a regular bases the Bassett just might be right for you.

Oh, don't let the cast vs forged thing concern you, SAI. has made well over 300,000 thousand M1As that just keep on ticking! While I will admit there is an attraction with the forged receivers, I've seen nothing that would indicate that there is a safety concern with cast receivers.

Good luck on your quest.
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:04 AM
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One of my pet peeves is when someone asks about a specific rifle/brand, and then someone suggests something entirely different... but I'll do it anyway.

In regards to scoping, if you intend to always have a scope mounted to your rifle, you can take the whole brand/type of scope mount out of the equation. Bula makes a XM21 model that incorporates a Picatinny rail machined right into the receiver so as to mount a scope; however, no rear-sight pocket is included, so no irons with this model, only scoped.

I first saw this offering at Camp Perry back in '16. I wasn't all that keen on it, but later got one nonetheless, and am happy that I did.

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Old 01-17-2018, 10:50 AM
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There are plenty of options out there. JRA M21 DMR if you want to use both scope and iron sights. Receiver is machined directly to accept the rail. No need for any after market side mount that might not hold.

This is a Bula/ JRA /Rock-Ola of their early vintage. All James River Armory M14 type receivers currently being used along with most parts are produced by Bula Defense Systems in Cleveland Ohio.



Quick change optics, or use the irons in place.





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Old 01-17-2018, 06:42 PM
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As I recall LRB M25 receivers are set up for Iron or scope. Another thing to consider is do you plan to shoot military service matches...Receivers with these mods are not allowed.
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:16 PM
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Duce & nf1e those are some damn good looking rifles! After a lot of research i think I've decided to go with the JRA/Bula from classic. Ill make sure to show it off here once it comes in.

Thank you everyone for your input!
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:52 PM
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I think you have chosen wisely grasshopper.

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Old 01-19-2018, 11:59 PM
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Hi guys. I'm the new guy on this block but after reading this thread I would add my 2 pennies as well. Been shooting M-14's to M1a's for a very long time. My Springfield M1a is on the third barrel. First barrel chrome moly had 6k through it, the second SS had 5k, and now this one has 2k. All Kreiger barrels. The rifle will shoot 3/4 moa all day, and runs like a watch. It's an old 5 digit serial number. I'm convinced.
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:55 AM
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Hi guys. I'm the new guy on this block but after reading this thread I would add my 2 pennies as well. Been shooting M-14's to M1a's for a very long time. My Springfield M1a is on the third barrel. First barrel chrome moly had 6k through it, the second SS had 5k, and now this one has 2k. All Kreiger barrels. The rifle will shoot 3/4 moa all day, and runs like a watch. It's an old 5 digit serial number. I'm convinced.
Welcome to the gang.
Sounds like you indeed have a quality machine in your possession.
Barrels make the rifle for sure.

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Old 01-20-2018, 07:04 AM
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In regards to scoping, if you intend to always have a scope mounted to your rifle, you can take the whole brand/type of scope mount out of the equation.
The Blackfeather "RS" equipped with the LSP allows you to keep the scope mounted full time AND run off-set iron sights.

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