Fulton gets their receivers from various sources. They are nice, but spendy. LRB uses the same steel and the same process as the original USGI M14's. If you don't mind spending the money, get an LRB. A Smith Enterprise Crazy Horse rifle will serve your needs and will never lose it's value. The new kid on the block is 7.62mmFirearms, and they are offering hammer forged as well as cast receivers.
The SAI receivers are investment cast, but don't let that scare you. The SAI receivers basically last forever. The areas of stress have been beefed up. And SAI has the best warranty (forever) in the biz. Quick service and nice people. But problems are very rare.
The SAI Loaded is an amazing rifle. Easily capable of sub-MOA right out of the box with the right ammo. They used to have excellent Wilson NM bbls, but are using another supplier now.
Look into buying an LRB receiver and having a rifle built to your specs maybe? LOTS of world class M14 armorers out there who can build you a work of art.
Originally Posted by TXnorton
Now that this thread has strirred up my long surpressed desire for an M1A, I have been looking at manufacturer's websites for pricing. I am looking at an M1A with a full length NM quality barrel and wood stock:
1. Fulton Armory: $2,700
2. LRB: $2,700
3. Springfield (Loaded): $1,900
As far as I can tell, The Fulton Armory and the LRB M1A's rifles are assembled with hammer forged receivers and mostly USGI parts.
I believe (but am not certain) that the Springfield receiver is not a hammer forged part (MIM?). Is this an issue?
Is there any reason not to buy a Springfield and save $800?