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Old January 21, 2019, 10:37   #1
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Winter maintenance on M14 types today.

Started out this morning going over my scoped M14 type rifles.
I noticed only one of these has a side mount and it's a Basset low with a Hi Lux M40 green repro on it. Guess that mount and scope will be coming off so the standard M14 Type can go with it's brothers in another safe. That rifle is one of the Bula/James River/TRW heeled receivers.
Figured it was time to update a photo of my scoped M14 types.





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Old January 21, 2019, 10:44   #2
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Pert near cheaper by the dozen!

Thanks for not displaying them on your bed...that would be weird.

Super nice rifles, Art.
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Old January 21, 2019, 11:04   #3
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Now, that I would have to agree with.
Hopefully, if time allows, I will start digging out the standard type M14s tomorrow for their annual maintenance.
Dang I love this hobby.
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i thought ya meant like oiling and stuff like that..i was gonna suggest one of those lawn sprayers, fill er up with break free and get to spraying.

that is a nice bunch o rifles for sure!
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Art I can't help but notice all the nice glass since I just happen to be shopping for some myself. If you don't mind what reticle do you find most useful in all that and which ones weigh less than a pound?
My searches keep coming back to Swarovski but I know there has got to be other lightweight quality glass scopes out there I'm missing. Thanks for any comments.
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Art I can't help but notice all the nice glass since I just happen to be shopping for some myself. If you don't mind what reticle do you find most useful in all that and which ones weigh less than a pound?
My searches keep coming back to Swarovski but I know there has got to be other lightweight quality glass scopes out there I'm missing. Thanks for any comments.
The Leupold VXR-Patrol 1.25 - 4 would be my favorite for most use.
Under a pound is pretty limiting.
I shoot at known distances so the reticle doesn't make a big difference to me.
I used to like the leupold target dot but anything works for me today.
Of coarse, some of the smaller offerings by NF would be appealing.
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Limiting might be an understatement! Most everything is pretty porky, relatively speaking. I'm just looking to see what I can get away with weight wise in serious glass.
In some Swarovski sales propaganda they mention mountain goat hunters taking long shots. Their scopes targeting those applications weigh at a pound or less.
So, very good sir, my thanks.
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Working on getting maintenance done on some of my standard type M14s I ran into another Bula M21DMR in a fiberglass USGI stock. Must have set this one aside after a build and forgot it a couple of years ago. Ser# TFL002. After cleaning and lubing, mounted a spare Hi-Lux 3-9 repro scope using Leupold QRW low rings. Hopefully will get out and shoot a bit tomorrow.
Ordered a few more Tac-Pro strap on cheek risers this morning.
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How is the eyebox on that Hi-lux?
I looked thru a few vortex offerings earlier this month, was not real impressed with the eyebox on those. I don't want to have to hunt for it.
In the last month I've dropped $3k on a cruise, $3k on a transmission and just mailed off $2k in property taxes. My nice glass will have to wait a bit. Spares are bottom of the barrel here, just put a Nikko Sterling on the spr upper. It was either that or the Chinese Leupold mark 4 I got suckered into.
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For an extremely low cost scope, I find the Hi-Lux offerings more than acceptable.
Eye box? Not sure I understand the question. Relief is fine and with a good cheek rest, the sight picture drops into place instantly.
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Thanks Art. I can't explain eyebox technically and I could be wrong but the way I understand it is that a generous eyebox is an eye relief sweet spot that allows a sight picture to drop right into place without having to hunt for it. Some scopes are better than others. The best I've ever experienced is my Elcan C79.
I checked the Hi-lux offerings and am searching for opinions. Seemed to be good value for the money.
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Changed the boring drab stock to something a little more invigorating, Ford blue.

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