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nlpro
10-06-2009, 6:24 PM
Well i just finished my wait on a polytech m14 got it for $350 it appears to have been rarely fired barrel is like a mirror inside 99% finish on everything. My question is i have read about the bolt and head space issues with these how critical are they ? .

I want to make sure it is safe to fire and i know its chambered for 7.62 nato and not 308 no local gunsmiths have 7.62 nato head space gauges. i have found these for sale online for 30 dollars .

7.62 NATO Gage, Maximum Chamber (1.6455" Long/Plus .0003"/Minus Zero)

7.62 NATO Gage, Minimum Chamber (1.6355" Long/Plus .0003"/Minus Zero)

Do i need both of them for this rifle or will just one of them do ?
And should i go out and buy a new bolt for the rifle strait away or wait and see how this one is ?
I just want to make sure its safe and reliable. My other question is what are the best 10 round magazines to get for these and where do i get them that will ship to California. i would also like to put usgi stock on it the chinese wood the stock it has is really really soft so where can i get a good usgi stock or a good looking repro of one ?


so here are some pictures of my new baby :D

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww98/hairlesswook/polym141.jpg

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww98/hairlesswook/polym142.jpg

bohoki
10-06-2009, 8:42 PM
keep as is and keep it cool dont shoot it till it smokes

replace the recoil spring with a gi one soon

supermario
10-06-2009, 9:03 PM
$350:eek: WOW, your lucky. Thats a great price. Get it off family or friend?
Nice rifle.

autodex
10-06-2009, 9:07 PM
I would take it to a gunsmith that works on M1A's/M14's and have it checked out.

nlpro
10-06-2009, 9:25 PM
got it from a friend of a friend who got married to an anti gunner and he is selling everything off sucks for him but worked out for me .i had never thought of replacing the recoil spring i think ill order a respiring kit from brownells. If thier were a m1a smith that i knew of with in 200 miles i would take it in but i like to do most of my gun work myself :D.

KaTooM
10-06-2009, 9:45 PM
Great price!

I would buy this book and read it before you have to clean it.

The M14 Owner's Guide, by Scott Duff

There are some special tools you should buy that are detailed in the book.

Also check out this site...

M-14 Firing Line Public Forum

My Sa M1A has a SS NM .308 chambered barrel, but cycles 7.62 Nato well if the chamber is kept clean.

If you shoot .308 make sure it is light 147gr and not the 180gr stuff.

Chris

chuckdc
10-07-2009, 1:46 PM
got it from a friend of a friend who got married to an anti gunner and he is selling everything off sucks for him but worked out for me .i had never thought of replacing the recoil spring i think ill order a respiring kit from brownells. If thier were a m1a smith that i knew of with in 200 miles i would take it in but i like to do most of my gun work myself :D.

Where do you live? Here in the Fresno area, there's still Tom Luhmann, who is a wizard with M1A/M1 Garand rifles. Not sure he'd work on a Polytech one, though. He's kinda funny that way.

B Strong
10-07-2009, 3:02 PM
Fulton has great information about the Chicom 14's

http://www.fulton-armory.com/

nlpro
10-07-2009, 3:12 PM
Where do you live? Here in the Fresno area, there's still Tom Luhmann, who is a wizard with M1A/M1 Garand rifles. Not sure he'd work on a Polytech one, though. He's kinda funny that way.

i live about 320 miles north of san Fransisco and about an hour west of yreka which is on i5 lol

Requiem
10-07-2009, 3:55 PM
I'd kill for that price on an m14! polytech or no!

:shifty:

RHT447
10-07-2009, 5:49 PM
Go Here:

http://www.imageseek.com/m1a/

...and scroll to this article:

"USGI and Chinese M14 Parts and The American M14 Owner"

Lots more good info on this site.

Oops. I take part of this back. It looks like the article I referenced has been shortened considerably. nlpro, I may have saved the original article on my PC. If I can find it, I,ll pm you.

Jonathan Doe
10-07-2009, 5:54 PM
If you need to check for the chamber, you need at least go, no-go gauge.

If you have only go gauge,and the bolt closes on the go gauge, you don't have a reference on how big the chamber is.

If the bolt closes on no-go gauge, you have a problem. If it does not close on no-go gauge, you know your chamber is smaller than no go gauge.

So, if I have to have only one, I'd rather have no-go gauge.

I have a complete set of chamber gauges for 308 from 1.630 - 1.640. I know exact size of my chambers.

Super Spy
10-07-2009, 6:05 PM
What a deal! I'm married to an anti.....I'm keeping my guns, we just fight about it a lot.....

HUTCH 7.62
10-07-2009, 6:32 PM
I hate you.

nlpro
10-07-2009, 8:15 PM
Just ordered a no go and a field gauge from numrich hopefully everything is well but i would rather be safe then sorry :D

CrazyJeep
10-07-2009, 8:34 PM
Man you stole it for that price, and then some. Congrats to the wonderful world of an M14(clone).

jeffrice6
10-07-2009, 10:44 PM
Outstanding deal!!!!!

RolinThundr
10-08-2009, 12:10 AM
...a friend who got married to an anti gunner and he is selling everything off...

I wonder how long it'll be before he regrets that decision?

socomIInato
10-08-2009, 12:52 AM
got it from a friend of a friend who got married to an anti gunner and he is selling everything off sucks for him but worked out for me .i had never thought of replacing the recoil spring i think ill order a respiring kit from brownells. If thier were a m1a smith that i knew of with in 200 miles i would take it in but i like to do most of my gun work myself :D.

this guy should have stayed single!