Thanks for all the info kraigwy. I have taken a real interest in the M14/M1A the past few months and want to pick one up once the frenzy dies down.
Even Standard Grade actions do not like to be taken out of the stock, no reason to, there is nothing on the M14/M1A that can't be cleaned and lubed while the action sets in the stock unless you're trying to impress some drill Sgt. THIS INCLUDES THE GAS CYLINDER AND PISTON.
Why is it that much of an issue? When I pick one up I plan on swapping out the Springfield stock for a USGI fiberglass. What are the major issues with the action when being removed from the stock? Also when switching to a new stock would it be a good idea to get the rifle glass bedded?