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Try tedbrownrifles.com or smith ent.(SEI) or LRBarms.com All are excellent
I think you'd be better off with a Springfield Armory M1A, anyway. I've heard stories involving pull-through reamers and other such work (told to me as truth by some folks whom I trust, but I don't personally know if they're true). I will say, that if you want something that will look good and shoot okay, rather than shoot well and look okay, the FA guns are beautiful.
Oh, Joe. You may have gotten me into a HEAP of trouble! ;)
I used to have a Smith, and if you can get one in time, buy it right now and don't look back.
That said, I've got a list of precision M14 specialists out there if you're interested.
Oh and I'm building a 1000 yard boltie for Boomershoot myself.
My birthday is coming up, if you're truly desperate to spend some of that money ;)
I'm not far from Gerald "Hook" Boutin, and if he's still taking work, he's a master.
He tuned and tricked out a friend's rack-grade Garand last year for $40.
I've got the boltie - the Remington 700 5R. Now I want a gas gun.
And I'm giving consideration to accurizing my M1 Garand, but I still want an M-14.
He does some amazing work. Plus, if you're sitting there you get WWII stories. Battle of the Bulge. Never before told in such a profane manner. :)
I'll have to second Joe's recommendation for Ted Brown. The biggest part of the delay for my M14 was waiting for LRB to make the receiver. (I was #300-something in the queue). After that, he had my rifle together in about two months, and that included having a heart attack.
I just had non-standard parts (like a Sage EBR chassis) shipped straight to him.
I walked into his shop and 15 minutes later had the rifle I was gonna buy in my hands.
Shoots great. It even make ME shoot better, which is tough task.
Just the plain Jane versionm though.
Ted Brown is a WELL known builder in the M14 community. Good Stuff! If you want a custom rifle, he's a good guy to do it for you.
Fulton was buying their receivers from Armscorp.....having their brand and SN stamped on it. They haven't been making many (if any) M14s of any flavor since Armscorp went Tango Uniform. They are still searching for a supplier from what I've heard.
Check out the M14 Forum:
Tons of good info there about what you can expect in terms of service, accuracy, ammo and data. They are good and friendly, willing to help the new guys without the bravado and chest pounding you see elsewhere.
Tell us more about your boltie. I'm considering picking up one of those, and I'm very interested in your thoughts and results with it.
Regarding the M1A, getting one quickly and giving it to a quality gunsmith will get you a working gun way faster than FA.
My boltie is my Remington 700 5R also in .308 (Ok, it's a 700 yard rifle, not 1,000 yards, but still...)
And I think I'm going to contact Ted Brown about an M14.