Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Gunsmithing


Reply

m1a

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-02-2008, 12:47 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 226
m1a

I have got a thought in my head about a m1a. I recently discovered the JAE stock and it looks like a nice well made stock. I have been wondering about a sniper type rifle built out of a m1a but my understanding in the past was they are bedding eaters. this stock might solve this problem and who can really argue the 308. I know as a rule! semi-autos don't make good sniper rifles but I would kind of like to know if it could be done. Has anybody had any experience with working with one of these, and if so, what was the out come?



RH
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-02-2008, 01:22 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 2,856
I have a Springfield M1A in Scout in a Sage stock and it works very well , I hade the barrel replaced a couple years ago with a heavier match barrel from Kreiger but has a 7.63 NATO chamber , the gun will shoot under 1 moa to 600yds and thats with an 18" barrel and 10x scope ,the gun currently wears a Trijicon TA55A scope.

I think that it could be made more accurate with a better chamber and possibley with a better stock desgined for accuracy.

If your looking for an accurate semi auto the big AR-10's are the bets bet ,I have seen these shoot with the H&K PSG-1 and in several cases out shoot them.
__________________
Si Vis Pacem Parabellum
Molon Labe
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-02-2008, 03:43 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Israel
Posts: 14
7.63 Nato

Sorry for my ignorence but could you tell me more about this cartiridge it is the first time i hear about it unless its a typo and you meant 7.62x51 NATO

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-02-2008, 05:24 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 2,856
Sorry , fat fingers , yes it was ment to be 7.62 Nato ,the chamber is cut a bit bigger to allow for ammo variances and dirty envoriments , this gun was desgined as a partol carbine and has serves that aplication well , if I could just remember which one of my buddies has it !!
__________________
Si Vis Pacem Parabellum
Molon Labe
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-02-2008, 07:23 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,027
RH, My M1A has shot more than 2500 rounds over the years including National Infantry Trophy Matches (rattle battles) that got it hot enough to smoke. I built it per AMU instructions in 1982 with a cr-moly Douglas heavy barrel and a Bishop super fat stock. It has not been re-bedded and still will shoot sub 1 moa with M852 NM ammo. (I have to put a scope on it to prove it now). If I was building one now, I would use a Krieger heavy stainless barrel and the heaviest walnut stock that the rules will allow. (I believe the super fat stock is not allowed in competition anymore). I would bed it per the AMU manual, except with Steelbed. The secret of bedding life is not to take it in and out of the stock except for major cleaning, and to store it un-clamped. that will preserve the preload and not compress the bedded area under the receiver. A good one will shoot x-ring when first clamped back in, and will be back to sub moa in 2-5 rounds.

I'm not familiar with the JAE stock, but if it will maintain preload and not crush, it's a winner. If you want to shoot it in competition, check and be sure it complies with the rules.

I've never shot an AR-10, but I am familiar with Garands, AR's, FAL's, H&K 91's and Cetme's. I'll take the M1A every time. If it has good parts in it, it can be made to shoot. Period. Military snipers still use accurized M-14's for good reason. Accuracy, and firepower if you need it.

Build you a good one, you won't regret it. Tom
__________________
Texas State Rifle Association Life Member
NRA Endowment Life Member

A big fast bullet will beat a little fast bullet every time
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Current Poll
Do you watch outdoor shows live or by recording them?
Always recorded - 13.10%
112 Votes
Mostly recorded - 24.21%
207 Votes
Sometimes recorded - 15.09%
129 Votes
Rarely or never recorded - 47.60%
407 Votes
Total Votes: 855
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC