m-14 barrel length?

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by colmustard, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    Ok so I realy want to get a m14 leaning towards one of the springfield models but a question on the barrel length. If I go with the shorter barrel like the socom how much differnce in accuracy will I see compared to a standard barrel?
     
  2. mrm14

    mrm14 New Member

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    The only thing I can see with going to a shorter barrel is loss of MV over the standard lenght barrel. I think longer range accuracy might suffer a bit. It all depends on your intended use of this rifle. I have mine with standard lenght barrel and original walnut stock. What they called the "Loaded" version. For what it is, it has done quite well at longer ranges. I'm just not quite sure how the shorter "SOCOM" model they make as of the last few years would perform at the 500 to 600 yard line compaired to the longer standard lenght barreled versions of M1A's. I believe it would be less percise at these distances.


    For myself I don't particulary like the Socom versions of the M-14/M1A''s. They just dont look what a battle rifle should look like and for the one I had the oppertunity to shoot a couple of years ago, it just felt too much different, actually akward for me, than my standard length walnut stock M1A.

    Hopefully M14'S Rock will chime in soon and shed some more light on this.
     

  3. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    What is your ultimate intended purpose for the rifle? The Socom is plenty accurate, but if you plan on shooting matches you will need a full length. A great compromise is the Bush length that you get with the Squad Scout.

    What distance are you planning to shoot at? More than 500?
     
  4. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Looks like great minds...

    But I love the Socom for an all around rifle.

     
  5. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    Thanks guys for the input, I would only be wanting to shoot a distance no more than 500 yards, so I it would be safe to say that a SOCOM version would be adaqute?
     
  6. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Socom will do fine to 500. They are easy to handle, and great if used in vehicles.

    Not a match grade rifle, but for a general purpose/SHTF rifle it is hard to beat.

    Just remember to only use CMI mags. Best deal is from 44Mag.com.
     
  7. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    Thanks for the advice m14srock. Hopefully someday I will have both versions, but right now I can only choose one and thats a ways off lol, one other question though, are any of the operating parts inside the rifle differnt from each other since one is shorter i.e. will they both accept the same parts like op rod and such? thanks again
     
  8. wayne in boca

    wayne in boca New Member

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    The only problem a Socom has in shooting long range is the sights.The rear aperture is .125,and the front sight is a glow-in-the-dark wide sight.Neither are made for precision long shots,but for quick sight acquisition at relatively short range.I love my Socom as a general use rifle,but for 500 yards,I'd take the Scout.
     
  9. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Parts interchangeability is no problem. The shorter bbl requires a larger gas port, but the oprod is the same.

    And Wayne is correct about the sights, but there are standard and NM sights avail that work on the Soc.

    Mine was fine on steel plates at 500-600, though, with the factory XS Sights it came with, as well as the Aimpoint.
     
  10. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    ok thanks alot you all :D