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survivalshop

My SOCOM 16

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 I had to take a breather with shooting my SOCOM 16 , because some Dr. ( Friend ) made me do a Valve job on my Heart , been over at M14 forum reading my brains out , well whats left of them any way , but I just got back shooting to this Rifle . I have her torn down now to reinforce the Factory Injected mold Stock , I will be using  Epoxy/Carbon Fiber & Vacuum Bagging system. This is the first of the Tuning I will be doing , the Rifle shows to be shooting 2-4 MOA  & with my 155 gr. SMK , 43.4 gr. of Tac , is shooting much better , 1 1/2 -2" MOA  . 

 The Gas Cylinder is touching the Stock up front , which is a no no & this Stock reinforcing is taking care of that & reinforcing it ( if it works ) will also stiffen up the contact with the Stock Ferrule & the ability to use the Sling properly  I have already Shimmed up the Front Band to tighten it up , then on to the Gas system.  I think I can get 1 MOA out of it with the scope thats on at this time , temporarily for my testing .You can laugh at my jury rigged Cheek rest , it works though .

   I also have a new build M14 clone in the works & have this coming & have the USGI Winchester Trigger Group for a beginning .

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I see how it is....that's where you've been. Hanging out on another forum. Glad you're back up and running. Can't wait to see the next build. 

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5 hours ago, DNP said:

I see how it is....that's where you've been. Hanging out on another forum. Glad you're back up and running. Can't wait to see the next build. 

Well it wasn't exactly hanging out , I needed info & only well enough to visit one Forum at a time , but now I'm feeling much better , with a Valve job & new Cam 🤣 & out of the Hospital .

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8 hours ago, 98Z5V said:

This is gonna be you, in no time...

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Already had a Vortex red dot on the Scout rail , shoot pretty good , but who in there right mind clamps a Rail directly on the Barrel & not think it won't effect Barrel Harmonic's .Rail is gone  for now . 

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THAT IS SWEET!!!!    :hail:

I need to dig out a pic of my M1 Carbine - that thing has a rail clamped right onto the barrel - and it's crazy accurate!  

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3 hours ago, survivalshop said:

 but now I'm feeling much better , with a Valve job & new Cam 🤣

:laffs::lmao::thumbup:

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They have a SOCOM for a decent price at a local fleet farm. Tempting, but no room or money right now. Guess be Happy with my loaded classic.  Nice work on it Survival, any thoughts on a suppressor to help tame the muzzle blast?

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 Most hard core M14'ers don't care for the SOCOM , they say they won't shoot very good . thing is there are a couple of us that have gotten together  & finding tuning tricks that are mostly not new to the M14 Platform , & some are , because of the SOCOM"s 16.5" bbl. . I decided to keep the Factory stock & reinforce it with Carbon Fiber , using the Vacuum Bagging method  & before I could grab the bare Stock ( Injected Molded Plastic ) & twist the front & it would flex . After reinforcing it , no more flex , but still has a little give when pushing up on it , I will take care of that in the morning with adding more CB to the Sides of the Stock . Its about the only place I can put more at , I have two layer's & side to side reinforcing rib's where there was room , make three layers of CB .

  Its pretty much fun to do something for the first time & it freaking works 😁

Template for CF 

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Cutting CF

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Using modeling clay to determine how much & where CF can be built up . The Op Rod & Spring ride right in the Middle , so only about 0.020" to play with & the CF

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CF applied & Bagged with a Vacuum on it 

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 Two part Epoxy 

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 My notes on where & how much CF can be used 

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Out of the Bag & just a little trimming & a small amount of fitment for Op Rod Clearance . I will be bagging it a little different for the added reinforcement , I will be using the inside of the Stock as a Mold & only have to seal it off .

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& of course , remove the tape .

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Did a second reinforcement on the sides to help stiffen up the flex at the tip of the Stock & it helped , but still have a little flex , enough to lose the Draw pressure that M14 Actions need on the front Ferrule , so now I see the Ejection molded Plastic , even with the CF is too thin to to eliminate it with out a few more layers of CF , because its gets better with each application , but I'm running out of room in some places that will effect stiffness & have weak points which are counter productive to my goal .

 So phase 3 is to add stiffening rods of CF at the front & behind the Op Rod Guide to stiffen as mach as I can . The Op Rod Guide is where I have no room , I'm thinking of encapsulating the CF rods in more CF , using the same Vacuum Method I have been using & is working great . I have almost no Twisting of the Stock now & using a Sling feels much better . Before Was twisting the front of the Stock by using sling pressure , so there is progress . I did find shooting yesterday that my groups were being split up , two or three shots were like 1/2 MOA , but the other two or three were a couple inches away , but still 1/2 MOA & I found that after the last layer of CF that my Op Rod Guide is resting on the Stock now & that may be the Culprit , I went to pains for that not to touch ,but it is now , easy fix , Dremel tool & drum sander , two min. job , but will wait till I encapsulate the Rods.

Actually the CF Rod are cut in half Bolts from my Cross Bow , the insert was pulled out so I couldn't use it to shoot any more , Photo's will follow .

 

 

 

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