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JustinBiscuit
November 6, 2012, 10:29 PM
Its decided - I am buying an M1A loaded with fiberglass stock. My question is is the stock that ships with the rifle ok or should I consider an upgrade. I am not interested in optics, or EBR, just iron site long distance fun.

Thanks in advance.

Creeper
November 6, 2012, 11:00 PM
The OE synthetic stock is fine for just about anything short of service rifle matches. Actually, they're fine for that as well, unless your such a good shot that you would actually competitively benefit from a premium stock like a McMillan M1A (http://www.mcmfamily.com/mcmillan-stocks-tactical-stock-list.php#m1a).

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Edward429451
November 7, 2012, 01:04 AM
I bought an M1A Loaded with a synthetic stock (thinking it would be lighter). It's only a few ounces lighter, the paint was already peeling off when I got it. It doesn't look very good when compared to any wood stocked M1A. If I were to do it over again, I would get the wood stock, period.

madcratebuilder
November 7, 2012, 10:23 AM
You well see some flex in the fore-end of glass stocks. I have added two 3/16" carbon fiber tubes to reinforce this. Grind a 1/4" troth the length of the fore-end and glue in the tube with resin. This is a good time to add a 2" section of Picitinny rail to the front sling point.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/crop5.jpg

wayne in boca
November 8, 2012, 07:34 AM
The new M1A stocks are plasticrap,not fiberglass.The fiberglass stocks they used to come with were refinished USGI fiberglass stocks.My son-in law bought a Scout with one of those plastic abominations on it.It had zero trigger group tension and shot all over the place.We replaced it with a walnut and she shoots great now.Either buy it with a walnut stock or ditch the factory plasticrap and put a USGI fiberglass stock on it.

az_imuth
November 8, 2012, 08:17 AM
When I bought my loaded model it came in a painted over USGI fiberglass stock. Although it wasn't bad, I replaced it with a USGI walnut stock that I happened across for a good price. I like the walnut much better, but it is a bit heavier than the fiberglass.

http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr348/az_imuth/Old%20Album/983ae604.jpg