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MACV
June 24, 2016, 00:15
They're quite a bit more expensive than the Spring Arms. Are they really that much better? I have a Springfield Armory standard grade. Looking to upgrade and scope a M1A.

Thorack
June 24, 2016, 03:46
Well,

I bought a Fulton receiver and it's nice. Warbird built it up with a new barrel and the rest USGI. Runs like a top.

Thorack

ArtBanks
June 24, 2016, 04:42
I picked up a couple of consecutive serial number Fulton receivers at Camp Perry a few years ago. They were very well made and barrels turned into them perfectly.
I would say that the completed rifles they had for sale , at least at Perry, were not worth the asking price. Especially when you can visit James River Armory and get an excellent rifle with a hammer forged receiver for less money.

rbgonoles
June 24, 2016, 08:07
I have a James River Armory M14F. It's a beautiful piece. I don't own a Fulton, but I can't see how their comparable service rifle model is worth $600-700 more.

hagar
June 24, 2016, 08:36
The Fulton Armory 308 Garand that I owned was a POS. Flung brass 30 yards and strung shots badly after 30 rounds.

Snake Bitten
June 24, 2016, 12:00
I have a M14 clone with Fulton receiver built with TRW parts in a sage stock that I would be willing to sell for $2900 + shipping to FFL. It has sage accessories included. It's been a safe queen, so needs a new owner. Anyone interested, send pm for more details. SB

2barearms
June 24, 2016, 12:25
Fulton makes good stuff. Just got a rebarrel back from them. They were
quoting some ridiculous wait times so ask first. I want a Bula next.

bubbagump
June 24, 2016, 13:16
Yeah they do make good stuff. In particular their match gear. Is it worth it? I don't know, when you start talking about match grade stuff the 'deal' you got is less important than whether the thing shoots or not, and for how long. I'm gonna say that Clint's guns really aren't awesome deals from the standpoint of cost. You can get a 3 MOA gun for a lot less from other sources. But if you're looking for an M1A that can reliably shoot into 1 MOA then yeah, they are pretty competitive. You are gonna have to wave that much money in front of pretty much any competent rifle builder to get him to build ya a gun like that. Or do it yourself if you have the skills, knowledge and tooling. And a serious shooter isn't quite so inclined to pinch pennies when the conversation turns in this direction.

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hansellhd
June 25, 2016, 09:08
I have a James River Armory M14F. It's a beautiful piece. I don't own a Fulton, but I can't see how their comparable service rifle model is worth $600-700 more.

+1

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a443/hansellhd/DSCN3236_zps6d3fo8py.jpg (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/hansellhd/media/DSCN3236_zps6d3fo8py.jpg.html)

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I am not an M1a/M14 guy however I did want to add one to my collection so I went with the James River. I wanted something close to the original out of the Box.

ArtBanks
June 25, 2016, 10:51
Awesome.

Jarhead504
June 25, 2016, 21:30
I have bought M-14 parts from them in the past and their parts were fresh, safe, in spec and fit without heavy modification(s).

One of the keys to the M-14 clones, receivers and parts is not whether or not it is cast or forged or even made in another galaxy, BUT whether or not it is MADE TO SPECIFICATION. For instance, Jon Tank, form Tank's Rifle Shop, Fremont, NE, states that he would rather work on a "correct" cast receiver than a forged one out of spec. Too many M-14 parts were left over junk that should have be sent to a scrap yard, worn out beyond use, bent, dented, missing something off of it to make it operational, "seconds" rejected by the gummint the first time, gobbed up, ruined from improper "modification" from some turd who insists in his mind he knows what he is dong but does not, rusty, corroded, pitted, cross-threaded, warped or improperly manufactured. You have to KNOW what you are looking for/at or you will surely get ripped-off. Fulton Armory does a very good job at avoiding such parts. With the scarcity of USGI parts, some must be made after-market if we are to expect to keep them running.

That is why THE key to a safe, reliable, accurate M-14 clone is to have THE MAN who can put it all together as such. Genuine M-14 gunsmiths are expensive for that reason. It takes a lot of knowledge, tools, skills, experience and parts to properly build one. I tell this to many a lad who wants to join the M-14 Cult. He is to have his money and patience at the ready. Having someone build one for you is not for the impertinent. They ain't Legos you know.

To those who think they want to get involved with the M-14, I bid them a "Welcome Aboard" which also comes with "You have been warned".

Jarhead
Certified Member of The M-14 Cult