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You've currently built up close to a 20 pound rifle, just something to think about.-McMillian M3A stock w/ saddle adjustable cheek rest
-LRB Rear lugged 22" barreled action (can I get this chrome lined?) with Surefire FH762KM14 flash hider (going to purchase and mount suppressor eventually)
-Vltor CASV-14 rail system
-SEI Warfighter gas system
-SEI Extended boltstop
-SEI Tritium Close combat sight
-SEI Trigger job
-TRW USGI Parts kit
-Still trying to figure out what glass I want to put on it
One thing that has been issue/topic for debate for these types of guns is weight. That is something I'm not worried about at all seeing as when I was deployed I carried an M14EBR-RI (11.25lbs) and an M4 (7.5lbs) and combat loads for both. I look forward to the knowledge here, thanks for stopping by.
I was also looking at the LRB M25 as well. The reason i was thinking about the rear lug is because it claims to unitize the action, which from some of the things ive read on here, helps with accuracy. How does not having a rear lug provide future flexibility? As for the sight, I do prefer the bar. Anyone you suggest for a trigger job/melonite treating? As for the weight, while I carried both at the same time, one was always slung while the other was ready. Before I was an SDM though, I was a machine gunner and an M240B is almost a 30lb weapon unloaded. Weight is not an issue for me, but you have given me stuff to think about. Thank youYou've currently built up close to a 20 pound rifle, just something to think about.
I'd lose the CASV-14 and get a standard LRB M25 receiver with a 20 MOA extended rail. This is a much better scope mount platform and a rear lug isn't necessarily going to add much considering today's bedding compounds. It also gives you more flexibility in the future. I also agree with the 18.5" barrel, plenty of distance and a more compact package.
Get a NOS complete USGI gas system and have it melonite treated. I've had the SEI system and found it lacking in the quality area.
I also agree the close combat front sight is fat, I'd recommend the tritium bar front sight which is closer to a standard width front sight while still having the tritium sight. In the end I ditched tritium completely and went with an XS USN hooded front sight.
You can get a better trigger job elsewhere for less money then have it melonite treated. I have their Max Pak trigger job, eventually I want to get it redone.
Each persons idea of a Walter Mitty rifle is different, however the underlying premise is a do all rifle that isn't finicky or maintenance intensive.
As for my earlier weight comment, it's from experience:
Did you ever sling both rifles on the same shoulder the same way or carry both at the same time the same way? 18 pounds between two rifles carried/slung different ways does not equal one 18 pound rifle carried one way. My current setup is 15.5 pounds and I'm looking at changing barrels to get it under 15 pounds.
All in all you have some good ideas and sounds like a solid build.
I'd be shooting up to around 800m and my accuracy expectations are about 1moa. What was your accuracy like? Is there any velocity loss that hampers long range flight with the removal of 4 inches of barrel space? Once this rifle went into the M3A, it wouldn't be coming out and yes i plan to have it permanently scoped. And you're saying the melonite would give better longevity than the chrome plating? Thanks for your thoughts.What distances would you like to shoot and what are your accuracy expectations? I take it accuracy inside 800yds is practical?
I'd go with a shorter barrel, personally. Either one of the Bula Forge 19.25" barrels or a Wolfe 18.5" modified standard weight barrels. I'm toying around with a 19.25" right now. Accuracy at 200yds was promising. I personally wouldn't go heavier than a medium weight. Also, look into getting a chrome-moly barrel or a stainless barrel and breaking in the rifle. Then send your parts out for salt-bath-nitride treatment (AKA-Melonite/Tenifer).
I personally think the rear-lug is non-ideal as it limits your stock options in a Walter Mitty rifle. The rear lug is more for bedding longevity anyways. Do you want the rifle permanently scoped? A receiver with a scope rail already made into the receiver will be ideal
That would give you some wicked barrel longevity and its better than chrome-plating. Feel free to PM me to talk more about it.
For a receiver, I recommend the LRB M25 or the Bula Defense XM21. They both have build-in scope rails.Well thanks everybody who has responded so far, y'all have definitely given me some things to think about. So far that includes ditching the CASV14 full top rail in favor of the LRB M25 receiver with the rail built in, dropping from 22" to 18.5" barrel length, and getting the barrel, action and trigger group melonite treated instead of chrome plated.
If i dropped the CASV14 rail in favor of the LRB M25 receiver, I would lost the ability to easily mount rail sections at the 3 and 9 o clock position. Is this something that can be easily rectified, especially with the M3A stock? My preferences include having small rail sections at the 3, 6, and 9 o clock to mount my bipod and PEQ/15.
As far as glass, I've really interested in the Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP w/ the EBR-1 MOA Reticule. Does anybody have experience with this optic? Also, what are in your opinion the best scope rings or mounts (preferably cantilever)?
Again, thanks for the knowledge.
I'd trust Jon Wolfe to put it back just as good. He's that good.I'm somewhat familiar with nitrating parts. When they nitride the barreled action, am I supposed to disassemble everything (which ain't gonna happen), or do they disassemble the barreled action? I paid Roland Beaver too much for his talent in accurizing M1As to have someone pull apart his careful work then reassemble it after the Nitride bath.
Tony,I'd trust Jon Wolfe to put it back just as good. He's that good.