2002 SA M1A range report

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2002 SA M1A range report

Post by GunnyHiway » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:24 pm

Anyways I picked up one mfg. dated 2002. It is a standard, iron sights and a walnut stock. The previous owner said less than 200 rounds were fired. The rifle was truly "as new".

I had a "golden age" mostly USGI parts SA but due to some unexpected financial issues it was sold a few years ago.

Anyways I was a sceptic at first due to many complaints I had read about.

First off I loaded up some good ole Sierra 168 gr. HPBTs in LC cases ( trimmed to specs), CCI primer with 41.5 gr. of 4895 powder. This was my "perfect" load for my SA USGI parts rifle I use to kick ass with back in the early 2000s.

I went out yesterday to the 100 yard range of our club. It was in the high 90s, VERY HIGH humidity so I gave her a test.

Off bags it shot a decent 4 inch group with old 61 year old eyes. I have not shot much over the last 8 years or so and it showed.

The rifle cycled perfect, no FTF or FTEs, it spit the brass for the most part in an area of about 3 O'clock off the bench.

The 2 stage trigger pull was EXCELLENT !

I know with practice I will do much better and just getting this rifle has given me a much needed "shot in the arm" that revived my interest in shooting and reloading again.

One thing I will change is the stock, although well made and very nice looking it's a bit too thick and heavy. I will be looking for a nice VN era birch stock for her. /:f
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Post by Dave P » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:56 pm

Sounds like a great start!
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Post by fish » Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:21 pm

Congratulations! Nothing beats the feel of steel & wood.
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Re: 2002 SA M1A range report

Post by drshame » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:05 pm

Extractors have a habit of ejecting on some older SA's. Get USGI Bolt replacement internals and be prepared if it ever happens.
Happened on my 2002 Supermatch, changed parts to USGI and it hasn't happened since.

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Re: 2002 SA M1A range report

Post by GunnyHiway » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:32 am

drshame wrote:Extractors have a habit of ejecting on some older SA's. Get USGI Bolt replacement internals and be prepared if it ever happens.
Happened on my 2002 Supermatch, changed parts to USGI and it hasn't happened since.
Thats my plan, to change most if not all parts to USGI. It may take awhile as it's an expensive endeavour.



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Re: 2002 SA M1A range report

Post by M14man » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:12 pm

I have an early M1A and I lost my extractor about two years arter purchase. It just launched out, never to be found. Later SA recalled my bolt and all parts were replaced with GI parts.

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Post by Cloaked Dagger » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:35 am

M14man wrote:I have an early M1A and I lost my extractor about two years arter purchase. It just launched out, never to be found. Later SA recalled my bolt and all parts were replaced with GI parts.
So the problem is fixed in new ones? What year did they fix it?
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Re: 2002 SA M1A range report

Post by M14man » Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:04 am

From what I understand Springfield was not using GI extractors and their extractors had a two fold problem. The hole for the extractor spring and plunger was cut too shallow, and the front lower edge was missing a bevel. This allower a case to occasionally catch on the bottom and push it out. GI extractors solved the problem. My M1A was real early 78XX. Not sure when they corrected the issue with non GI extractors. Try to get a GI one.
I was also told that the Garand extractor was used in the M1A back then. This extractor had no bevel and caused problems.
The US GI extractor for M1A had a bevel. Numrich lists the extractors as the same for both rifles.They have the same number but a different letter suffix. I don't think they are different in their case. I could not find articles on this in the quick search I did. Maybe a call to Springfield and a talk with one of their armors would help.

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