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Hello all,

I have always wanted an M1 Garand but then got to see the M1A and fell in love with it. I just bought a new one but the gun store did not have one from the box and I really didn't want to wait and bought the one off the shelf. I noticed a couple of marks on the bolt but didn't think it was too bad......then again I am no gun expert. I did notice a bronze/gold spot on the chamber after purchase and have few questions. I finally shot it today for the first time and got another gold spot on the chamber. Can someone give me a professional opinion on the condition of the rifle and how to remove the gold spots if necessary. I also noted the gas cylinder moving not exactly seamlessly in addition it has a couple of scratches on it. I was told that is perfectly normal on a new M1A and that it would get smoother by shooting it. I gotta say this rifle is incredibly nice to shoot! Thank you so much for your help!
 

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First off welcome to the forum. The gold spots are just brass marks nothing to worry about. Make sure that your rifle is properly lubed when my springfield was new it needed grease/oil in a few critical spots. Feel free to ask questions that's how you learn.
 

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Copper removers will take out the brass marks. But your just going to get more next time you shoot.

Welcome to the forum
 

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Everything perfectly normal.

The gold marks are just the copper bullets sliding up the 2 feed ramps.

The piston takes a lot of abuse. These are designed to run dry. No oil or grease.

The oprod will scrape the receiver as it moves fore and aft. Put a dab of grease wherever you see a shiny spot.
 

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Thank you all for the quick response. One more question since I'm kind of clueless about this rifle. Could you tell me if the nick highlighted in the pic below is normal or what? Feels kind of rough but I don't see any signs of impact.
 

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Everything perfectly normal.

The gold marks are just the copper bullets sliding up the 2 feed ramps.

The piston takes a lot of abuse. These are designed to run dry. No oil or grease.

The oprod will scrape the receiver as it moves fore and aft. Put a dab of grease wherever you see a shiny spot.
Yea, what he said
 

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Thank you all for the quick response. One more question since I'm kind of clueless about this rifle. Could you tell me if the nick highlighted in the pic below is normal or what? Feels kind of rough but I don't see any signs of impact.
If it's parkerized over, then it is just a tool mark from the machining process. Nothing to worry about.
 

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Listen to Kurt, he is far more knowledgeable than me. That little imperfection is in the best spot it could be, that area doesn't effect function at all.
 

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Just bought a new Scout couple days ago, spent the whole day taking it apart, cleaning, and checking dimensions. Fit and Function. Tony Bens tutorials are very helpful, as well as the "M-14" book by Walt Kuleck and Clint McKee. So I pulled out the gas cylinder and cleaned that as well. very dirty. I assume from their test firing?

My Sadlak wrench slides over the gas cylinder lock but not over the gas cylinder. According to the company, if your upper section outside diameter is more then .820 and lower is more then .710 you have a cast cylinder and not G.I. spec. My upper is .815 so go figure? However lower is not in spec at .735. I guess I will have to order the oversize wrench. I presume holding the wrench over the gas lock would not be the correct way to apply torque? risk clocking or indexing that gas cylinder lock out of it's normal position causing a mismatch.

Anyway good to here you have a new Scout. Fire for Effect!
 

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The wrench is really for the lock, I know that's not what the pack or websight says.
Oh ok good to know. I am Still in process with learning this great rifle platform. I'm like a sponge for info. any little or big tips will help.

that same wrench fits on my Socom II over both.
 

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THX

If it's parkerized over, then it is just a tool mark from the machining process. Nothing to worry about.
Sounds good then.....I just want the rifle to look perfect as it isn't the cheapest gun in the world. Thank you for help sir!
 

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We all understand how it is to drop a great deal of cash and then worry that it isn't perfect. How does it shoot? The best thing about a SAI rifle is if it breaks send it back and they will fix it. What type ammo are you shooting?
 

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We all understand how it is to drop a great deal of cash and then worry that it isn't perfect. How does it shoot? The best thing about a SAI rifle is if it breaks send it back and they will fix it. What type ammo are you shooting?
I just shot 40 rounds out of it so far. The store had a good deal at 12$ a box. Surplus I guess. They said that were perfectly good rounds and I didn't need to spend 20$ a box. I was planning to buy the good rounds when i go to an outdoor range and working on groups. I didn't go through the endless process of breaking in the barrel either as I wanted to go shoot it so bad and only close option was indoor which makes it a nightmare....also read so many people claiming they see no difference in between breaking in or not. The rifle shoots amazing and I love it....I was impressed at the accuracy while standing. 75 feet only but very very tight groups from round number 1 with iron sights. Also related to breaking in the barrell I realistically won't get into comps....I got this rifle because it is a must have. A real classic in my opinion.
 

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I would probably do it on a competition rifle just so I wouldnt be able to blame my poor skills on the "not breaking in". I would have won the comp buuuut I didn't brake in the barrel....lol
 

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Welcome aboard, the funny thing is that when you talk to most Scout owners, they really like this rifle. I have shot the living daylights out of mine with all different types of ammo suitable for it and am quickly finding it to be one of my favorite shooters.

Good luck with yours!
 
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