Pretty much all M-21 / M-25 / XM-25 rifles (what you call the M-14 DMR) are well built rifles. There are numerous companies and armories that make them. Springfield Armory is a well known DMR manufacturer... another one is Fulton Armory. Texas Brigade Armory will make them as well... there are several others who make excelent M-14 DMR rifles. I would have to say the Springfield Armory "Carlos Hathcock" M-25 would be the best FACTORY M-14 DMR rifle. There are better rifles... but they are custom made.
Ah yes... i forgot to speficy accuracy potential. Most of the M-14 DMR's are capable of 1 MOA. Sure... you might get a little under 1 MOA but that is the rule of thumb... expect 1 MOA or a little better with a quality M-14 DMR.
I need to gain a better working/building knowledge of M14's. What parts and pieces are required (beyond the stock, barrel and receiver) to build a M14 from scratch? Any tips/pointers would be welcome also.
Excellent! Thanks for the List BC. Are there available part kits? If so, who has the best.
I'm trying to get a DCM NM M-14 on loan to use for the upcoming high power season. There are only a few, but right now things look good. If I get one of them, I'll pick it up on April 23rd. This should give me a good example to use, get familiar and learn the ins and outs.
I'm still running throught he options for a SC-DM rifle.
There are some parts kits around, I will do a little looking around and see what I can find. The rifle itself is really pretty easy to put together once you look at one a few times, and have the tech drawings.
Theres not really any M-21 / M-14 DMR parts kits that i can find... Heres a few links for parts... all these companies make good parts. That reciever with intigrated 1913 rail looks really good... i would use that since the side mounted drilled and tapped recievers... to be honest... arnt to stable of a platform for long range shooting... especially with heavy scopes.
um... mel is former military, BC is current military... its a good chance that alot of people have used a military one. From what i understand the m14 DMR is just an Accurized springfield. Nothing special about it. Just a good solid field rifle.
I used a DMR'd Winny M14 in my Snioer school last fall. I like the follow up shot ability with it, but like BC said the scope mounts did tend to work loose after a lot of shooting, and you had to Keep a close eye on it to make sure the POI was consistent. Mine had the USGI fiberglass stock, lightly bedded on the lugs only, and a NM gascylinder, piston, and spring guide. The trigger was heavy but good, so it was left alone. Basicly mine was an Issue M14 with a few mods, including a built up cheek piece i made for it from a cut down Garand stock comb piece. I think Mel should have less problem there since it will not have the scope as high mounted on 1913 rail as on the side mount.
Here is a USMC M-14 DMR. You can expect .75 MOA 5 shot groups @ 100 yards with a high quality M-14 DMR with M-118LR ammo. Notice on the USMC M-14DMR the barrel is extra heavy and has an AK-74 style muzzle break.
Ah yes, very nice. This is the direction I am heading with my thoughts on a SC-DMR. We'll see how the numbers work out. If I cannot offer some new at a good price point, it'll probably not happen. I don't want to just be offering "another NM M14".
i like the USMC M-14Dmr, the way i tlooks, and sutch, the guys who used it how mutch did yo ulike it? and say in a recon position if you were a DM in you squad would you use an m-14 or something of your own wants? or mission needs?
I am with a reconassaince unit... and i was a DM for 5 1/2 months filling in for a sniper who was injured in my Plt. So i think your question is just for me. I used an XM-25 for several months... then used a new (brand new) M-14DMR (the USMC M-14 DMR pictured above). I really really loved carrying that rifle... the follow up shot capability allowed me to get the job done several times when if i had a bolt rifle it would have been impossible... one time it was an insurgent with an RPG who had just stood up to fire and i fired off the move... kneeled and fired again... hitting my target the second time. I know if i had a bolt rifle that RPG would have been fired and we probably would have had some guys injured... if not worse. The M-14 DMR i carried had an AK-74 type muzzle break wich screw on and off by the twist of a hand... and came off for attachment of a 35Db supressor. (pictured above) As i stated before... you can expect .75 MOA 5 shot groups @ 100 yards distance with M-118LR ammo with such a rifle... and the reliability, range, and firepower supasses that of the MK-12 Mod 0 / 1 / 2 SPR rifles wich are 5.56X45mm caliber.