View Full Version : M-14 scope mounting question

September 20, 2008, 11:08
Ok so here's what I have. Armscorp M-21 marked rifle . I just switched from the Armscorp mount which is made of Aluminum to a Smith steel mount. I had to shim the old mount to get proper bore alignment with the Armscorp mount and was hoping the new Smith mount would be a little better in this regaurd but as the case is its actually worse. Unshimmed my POI is 36" right @ 100M which is way more than the windage of the Redfield LE-12 can compensate for . I'm thinking the receiver side is out of spec. as far as the mating surface.

Option 1 shim it again.

Option 2 have the mount surface ground to change alignment.

Option 3 have the receiver surface groung to change alignment.

Shimming is easiest and probably best option. Option 3 is least desirable. Any input would help me resolve the issue.

September 24, 2008, 05:26
I have heard that Smith will modify their mount to fit your receiver; it might be worth looking into.

September 24, 2008, 10:18
Have you tried a Springfield Gen 3 mount. Mine mounted perfectly.

September 24, 2008, 10:22
Calculate your potential expenses carefully. Shimming is obviously the least expensive, and the least desirable. It might be time to ditch the Armscorp receiver and upgrade to an LRB.

September 24, 2008, 14:01
Or "downgrade" to a correct dimension Chinese Polytech receiver and use a ARMS #18 for a perfect fit right out of the box.

September 24, 2008, 15:04
A chinese receiver would be an upgrade, provided that it's correctly machined to accept a USGI bolt, and then properly heat treaded and refinished afterwords. If done right, that's a great option. And it'll cost about what an LRB would.

September 24, 2008, 15:31
Originally posted by gunshack
A chinese receiver would be an upgrade, provided that it's correctly machined to accept a USGI bolt, and then properly heat treaded and refinished afterwords. If done right, that's a great option. And it'll cost about what an LRB would.

Yes I agree, and I was being facetious.

I have owned many different semi-automatic domestic versions of the M14 and quite a few Norinco and Polytech M14S. I have never had a SERIOUS problem with any one of them. One Norinco had headspace at the maximum and two Springfields had loose bolt roller issues. They all shot fine.

I have only had seven Polys and Norincos, but I have never seen a bad chinese bolt. I think the bolt issue is more hype than issue.

Moral of the story,..."Buy Chinese and laugh all the way from the range to the bank".


September 24, 2008, 16:03
What you might want to do is sell the Smith mount and purchase a Sadlak, which I've found to be every bit as good as the Smith and is based on the same design (BPT). Sadlak has a custom fitting service where you measure your receiver with their kit ($5) and they will machine their mount to fit.



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September 25, 2008, 09:57
Sadlack's fitting guidelines are designed to address groove issues with Springfield Armory's M1A rifles. I don't think it has any bearing on the OP's issue.

Wolfy, the only chinese M14 I've ever owned came to me with the headspace at 1.638. I did a hardness test on my bolt to see if it was close to USGI speck, and it was no where near! Some chinese bolts (most of the ones imported into the US) are too soft to see service, and often the headspace is unsafe for commercial ammo. It is my opinion they should be swapped out for USGI bolts as soon as one can afford the work.

September 25, 2008, 10:10
Originally posted by gunshack
[B]Sadlack's fitting guidelines are designed to address groove issues with Springfield Armory's M1A rifles. I don't think it has any bearing on the OP's issue.

Should be much the same issue. For $5 it would be a fast check.

September 27, 2008, 00:57
over the years I've spent a lot of money trying to mount a scope to an M1A rifle.
I bought a generation ONE mount from springfield which was a joke.
7 rounds and the scope mount was loose.
I bought a genration 3 springfield mount which I still have and had a surplus stock customized with an adjustable cheek piece or "comb" and the mount would still shoot loose even with locktite.
My advise is if you want a "sniper" or "varmint" rifle that is scoped for long distance work, buy a commerical bolt gun and the appropriate scope and mount.

September 27, 2008, 21:55
The Scott Duff book says it's difficult to do, so keep it simple and buy the Brooksfield Precision Mount. I understand the Sadlak is an upgrade of that, so I'm planning on getting one of those for the ACOG I plan to buy.