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5 years 24 weeks ago, 6:47 AM

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I want to take my M14 scout squad out for a spin tomorrow and try out the new scout scope I bought for it. Only problem is I lost my castle nut pliers and my Muzzle brake needs to be tighten bad.

Anyone now a way to tighten my brake with out the tool?
The pic is of the lose brake.

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 7:22 AM

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i'm now sure about the tool except i think you mean castle nut pliers, but i bet a small pair of needle point pliers might work too. try that.

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 7:36 AM

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If so a punch could be inserted through the ports and slowly carefully be tightened.

5 years 24 weeks ago, 8:00 AM

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i'm shooting this saturday in our club's annual Youth Shootaround 4th of the July tourney and normally i'm not nerely as nervous as i am about this one. it's just a fun tournament where the young people get to shoot and our parents get to brag about us and everyone enjoys the bbq and the homemade ice cream. but my friend gary is at the top of his game right now and came very close to beating me a couple of months ago in our last tournament. now i wouldn't mind losing to gary, but there are others in the tournament who are really good too and one of them i really don't like and i'd sure hate to lose to this guy. do you have any good advice for the pre-tournament nerves? i sure could use some today. later this afternoon, gary and i are going out to the range to practice and i don't even want my best friend to know i've got a case of the nerves. any good advice at all would be helpful.

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 2:09 PM

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All I can say about relaxing before a match is to just get in the zone! You have to make it clear to your self what the possible out comes are but only get comfterbul with one. Ether you punch the X out or you do bad and spray the paper.
My first rifle competition at camp smith I was in WAY over my head! I get there and found guys with ten thousand dollars worth of equipment and here I was at my first match with a stock match AR, a 30$ surplus marine core shooting jacket, one glove, a hat and 180 reload rounds made the night before. As I am walking in I here laughter from some guys. I was a nerves wreck to say the least and angry at my coach for throwing me to the wolfs. Before I could yell at him he takes me to the side and tells me “if you can control your nerves shoot to your best ability here you will be able to shoot anywhere against anyone. I still got angered but I knew he was right. After my prep work and prep shots the comp started. My first 3 shots were out in the 7 ring my hands were shaking my mouth dry I just stopped took a deep breath and let it go. After that it was almost like something took over I was no longer nerves just alert and ready to shoot. To make a long story short I did not win but I did end up in the middle of the pile witch is much better then I or most of the guys there expected me to do. Some of the guys there came over and congratulated me. All I can say is if you can overcome the mantel mountain that competition shooting is you will be more then half way to being an expert.

5 years 24 weeks ago, 2:28 PM

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little brother is one of the finest under age 18 group expert marksmen in the 5 state area. he have been competition shooting for more than 5 sai (years). ryo will show him your advice, which btw, is very good advice. ryo not sure why he so nervous, cause he normal not get nervous before a match. he and his best friend gary left a little while ago to go practice at the range. they are both enter in the two premier events of the 5.56 military rifles at the 600 meter gallery and the 7.62 military rifles at the 800 meter gallery. about two month ago the two of them finish 1st and 2nd place, with little brother winning on overall points in our club's biggest competition of the year that had well over a thousand contestants. this competition is a just for fun annual 4th of July Shootaround competition and we are expecting only from 200 to 300 contestants. there will be a huge bbq feast and homemake ice cream and fireworks display too. the first two rounds will take place this saturday and the 2 final rounds will take place the following saturday. thank you again for your advice and will make sure little brother sees this later when he get home from practice.

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 3:58 PM

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LittleDragon wrote:
little brother is one of the finest under age 18 group expert marksmen in the 5 state area. he have been competition shooting for more than 5 sai (years).

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Wow sounds like he should be giving me advice on how to relax. I guess family and friends make all the difference in performance presser. Perhaps there is a girl there that he likes? A hot chick will always through my shot off.

5 years 24 weeks ago, 9:06 AM

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My best advice is to "get in the zone" Stay calm with good breath control. If your friends, competitors and family are distractions move away from them. Visualize the target and trajectory. You have done this thousands of times, why be nervous now? Let it happen, squeeze the trigger and enjoy...

5 years 24 weeks ago, 9:39 AM

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I have the same rifle. I will play with it when I get home to see if I can give you any suggestions. My muzzle brake has never come loose

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 9:43 AM

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samD. thanks!

that's good advice. gary and i like to shoot next to each other in practice and in competition. it's kind of a tradition we have. this way we can challenge each other more. and yes i have done this thousands of times over the last 5 years. i don't know why i'm nervous about this contest. it's not even an important contest. it's supposed to be one of those "fun" type of tournaments. i just have a bad case of the nerves about it. also, it's true, my aniki chan is pretty mad at me right now. i hope he'll come aroujd by saturday. you can't believe how much help he's been to me in my shooting. thank you for the good advice.

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 11:24 AM

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what kind of scout scope did you get? I use the leupold scout 2.5x28 and it works great

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 1:32 PM

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Thank you all for the suggestions I got it nice and tight with a punch and some light taps (Thanks samD).

The new scout scope is a Burris 2.75x (see Pic) and it is working great!

The problem I am having now is that my barrel is not torque right so it moves back and forth in the stock. If I take the stock off and hand torque it the scope and front sites become off and after 3 shots it loosens again. I am thinking about sending it back to Springfield but am hesitant to as I know the wait time will be long. Any one ever have this problem?

Reaper308 NICE I like the synthetic stock.

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 2:43 PM

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never had that problem, but I would have a gunsmith check it out before you send it back. It could be an easy fix. since your front sights are attached to the muzzle brake, can't you slide it over one notch? see the barrel right behind the brake... there are verticle grooves. I would imagind that would fix the sight. As for the barrel becoming loose affter a few shots: either it wasn't tight enough to begin with, something is assembled wrong/missing, or its defective. Like I said, I would have a smith look at it first. Good luck.

By the way, synthetic is more rigged, but I like the classic looks of the wood stock better

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5 years 24 weeks ago, 3:49 PM

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Yes I am defiantly going to take it to a gun smith before I send it back to SA. My fear is that it is something that only SA can rectify. I am very surprised that this happened as all the stuff I have from SA is top notch. The rifle was bought new and has about 650 rounds threw it. I am thinking I might be the stock not fitting snug, but more then likely not. If so I will try a synthetic stock and maybe glass bed it. I know kind of dumb to do on a stock rifel.

5 years 24 weeks ago, 2:55 PM

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ryo have passion for most little things. most likely because ryo is very small for age group. am only 5 feet 2 and half inch tall and weigh about 112 pound. ryo have little burris scope about the same size and just love it. it work great on the little Walther bullpup and also on the new 22 Charger from Ruger. ryo have had the little burris for many sai now and of all ryo spotting equipment it is one of the top five favorites and ryo would never go to range without little burris scope neh

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"Get in the zone"

Try prozac and valium to calm down before a match

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