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    My latest M14 build

    Started out as a standard M1a with an ugly black plastic stock and with a little help from Krieger barrels I ended up with this. Ain't she a beauty?



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    Very nice

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    I would be proud to own that, afraid to take it out of the house.
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    What length barrel? 18"?
    Is it a sister to the Scout Squad?
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    What a work of art,nice job? I beat she shoots to.

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    That is a build you can take pride in. Great work. Sure makes a black rifle look sorry.

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    Thanks guys. The barrel is 18.5", 1-11 twist. Krieger installed and headspaced the barrel and unitized the front end, weld method. Everything that can be "NM", is except the stock. It's one of Fulton Armory's + grade walnut stock and handguard. They're GI spec with just a little meat in all the right places, like a Treeline big red stock. Very tight fit. Not fat like Springfield's. Took almost 2 months to finish the wood. 15 coats of pure tung oil 50/50 with mineral spirits. Sanded in the first four coats with 400 grit wet/dry paper to seal the pores. Japan drier added in the last 2. Finished with 3 coats of Toms 1/3 mix
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    Wood stock on it is a beauty

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    Very nice! That gun has more character in my book than the ar's. Funny how some guns can be enjoyed with out shooting it!
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    I take it the fore end has more the profile of the Garand.
    Beautiful rifle.
    Looks like what they were trying for with the Tanker Garand.
    I'd look for, or fabricate, a flush or near flush carry mag for woods roaming. I'm guessing the balance point is just past the mid way mark of the magazine well, depending on stock wood density.

    I wonder if a Mannlicher type rotary magazine could be fitted to this action?

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    Reminiscent of an M1A I built back in the early '80s. My stock wasn't as fancy though.....but it shot really well. I mostly used the Speer 130 HP at 2800 fps over H335 in mine. Shot the barrel out and replaced it with a standard milsurp M14 barrel in the mid '90s. Was very handy and quick on coyote calls.

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