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M1a fiberglass vs walnut

This is a discussion on M1a fiberglass vs walnut within the HandGuns, Pistols and Revolvers, Long Rifles, Shotguns, SKS, AK, AR forums, part of the Weapons, Protection, Self Defense, Hand to Hand Combat category; I recently got a GI m14 fiberglass stock for my M1a nm, how much will I loose in accuracy from the wood stock? Been all ...

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    M1a fiberglass vs walnut

    I recently got a GI m14 fiberglass stock for my M1a nm, how much will I loose in accuracy from the wood stock? Been all over the net this afternoon and get 50/50 as to which is better. I love the look and feel of the walnut but wanted something to bang around the woods and shtf with. Just think the walnut is too pretty to mess up. If I go with GI stock should it be glass bedded also?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1skrewsloose View Post
    I recently got a GI m14 fiberglass stock for my M1a nm, how much will I loose in accuracy from the wood stock? Been all over the net this afternoon and get 50/50 as to which is better. I love the look and feel of the walnut but wanted something to bang around the woods and shtf with. Just think the walnut is too pretty to mess up. If I go with GI stock should it be glass bedded also?
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    If I'm going to loose too much I'll resell the glass stock, my M1a is my favorite all-time long gun, for anything that needs doing. Cold as heck here or I'd take it to the range and compare notes.
    Last edited by 1skrewsloose; 01-13-2020 at 07:33 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1skrewsloose View Post
    I recently got a GI m14 fiberglass stock for my M1a nm, how much will I loose in accuracy from the wood stock? Been all over the net this afternoon and get 50/50 as to which is better. I love the look and feel of the walnut but wanted something to bang around the woods and shtf with. Just think the walnut is too pretty to mess up. If I go with GI stock should it be glass bedded also?
    The M14, being designed for combat and used in combat, was made for getting “ banged around “.
    The only reason the Fiberglas stock was introduced was to perhaps be better in a tropical jungle environment, Vietnam.
    Mine wears a hardwood factory stock, can’t really say it’s genuine walnut. The upper hand guard is Fiberglas, like the originals.
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    Sounds the same as mine, I guess my question is being the nm is glass bedded from the factory what will I loose accuracy wise compared to glass stock. If minute of bg I'm going with the glass stock.
    My eyes and steadiness are not what they once were so I'm not looking at sniper stuff.
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    The heavy walnut stocks on the NM is really nice wood. They have real good bedding that helps accuracy. They recommend not separating them unless necessary. Take care of the stock with linseed or tung oil.

    If you go fiberglass I'd get it bedded by a good smith, but keep the wood one.

    Maybe @SOCOM42 will see this thread, he knows volumes about service rifles.

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    Re-read your post, so, as long as I'm not in a humid conditions the walnut will be fine. Guess I'll deal with the nicks and dings, think folks say it gives a rifle character.
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    In the 30 years I've had the gun barrel and stock only been apart 3 times. The manual says same as you, only separate when necessary. Thanks. @madtrapper
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1skrewsloose View Post
    In the 30 years I've had the gun barrel and stock only been apart 3 times. The manual says same as you, only separate when necessary. Thanks. @madtrapper
    Agree 1skrew!

    Sometimes Less is More. A while back, I totally broke down my Winchester 94 to give it a good cleaning and of course it hadn't been apart since , I don't know... 1968 or so...of course I struggled to get it back tight as it was and just the other day I shot it and had to re-tighten everything. But it shoots good and straight and doesn't have 50 years of gunk on it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1skrewsloose View Post
    In the 30 years I've had the gun barrel and stock only been apart 3 times. The manual says same as you, only separate when necessary. Thanks. @madtrapper
    30 years ago was when SAI was well stocked with USGI original parts. Did you get it new? Probably a Glen Nelson product.

 

 
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