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Old 04-20-2015, 10:23 PM
jinxer jinxer is offline
 
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Default Buy new m1a or who-knows-what-i-got m14?

I am in the market for a semi auto .308

I have recently decided the m1 series is the better gun vs. the ar10 (im still willing to hear counterpoints).

That said....should i be looking for a brand new m1a or take my chances with an m14?

Its my understanding any m14 is gonna be a 'mutt' of different parts and who knows if its gonna work right...?

Would love to hear opinions
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:17 PM
H2O MAN H2O MAN is offline
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You can take your chances with an M1A, or go with an M14 from LRB, SEI, or JRA.
The better rifles are assembled with better parts.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:01 AM
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You can take your chances with an M1A, or go with an M14 from LRB, SEI, or JRA.
The better rifles are assembled with better parts.
how am i taking chances with a new production m1a?
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:34 AM
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All I can give you is personal experience. I own 2 M1As' and a Rockola (JRA) M14F. The Rockola is assembled with all TRW parts and is more accurate than my National Match M1A and not as good as my Super Match M1A. If I were to do it over again, I'd buy the Rockolas' and have one built up with a match barrel and the rest with nos gi parts.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:47 AM
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how am i taking chances with a new production m1a?
Google "M1A extractor failure" & "M1A rough chamber".
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:50 AM
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Guy over on CalGuns Forum just reported his brand new M1A failed on the fifth round. Total fired through it is 75 rounds. Bolt broke in half.
Personally, I would go with a JRA.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:54 AM
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Please do yourself a favor and pick up a James River. They are by far the most reliable for the price. Then if your pockets are really full, go with an LRB. Either way, you should be good to go.

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Old 04-21-2015, 09:49 AM
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There is nothing wrong with a good M14 vs. an M1A. I'm the very happy owner of a James River Armory M14F.

A lot of companies have made M14 clones over the years. Some are good, and some are not so good. If you are really considering buying one other than an SAI, JRA, LRB, or SEI, then I suggest you do some homework on the other makers. Read through the threads in this forum. Better yet, head over to the M14 forums: http://m14forum.com/forums.php. Read through some threads there and ask questions. That community is very knowledgeable.

SAI has had some quality problems lately, but they still make a good rifle. They also have a lifetime warranty, and I have never heard of them not standing behind the product.

For my $.02: if you have the money, buy a JRA or LRB M14 and don't look back. Their parts are forged instead of cast and both are made in the USA. But they are roughly double the price of an M1A. If you don't want to pay that price, buy an SAI M1A and don't look back. This forum and the M14 forums are full of happy M1A owners.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:54 AM
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SAI has experienced quality control problems since they ran out of USGI parts about 12 years ago.

My M14s are custom built by Smith Enterprise with USGI & SEI parts on forged Poly Tech receivers.

Swing by TEAM M14 Forum and say hello.

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Old 04-21-2015, 11:17 AM
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Do what you wish, it's your money and all......

I haven't bought a SA M1A in some time now so can't fairly comment on the goings on now.

But you want some reasons why the AR 308 would be a better choice?

-It'd be cheaper.
-They are more accurate out of the box and certainly after scoping etc.
-Accessories and all are more available.
-They are easy to change, ie the stock or handguards etc.
-Scoping those rifles is easy and very repeatable.
-Spare parts etc are easily found.
-They can be lighter and shorter than any M14.
-Accurizing is easily and cheaply done.

Downsides:
-They aren't wood stocked.
-They don't have the nostalgia of the M14 series.

Again, if you said, well I'm buying a M14- I'd have no issues with that but unless you want the nostalgia of it, you'd be better off buying an AR.


PS- I forgot another reason:

-if you want to change calibers, barrel lengths etc, just switch out the upper. Easy, breezy.

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