M14 is such a cool rifle. Definitely my fav, but I went with a M4 to start for its versatility and all around goodness. M14 will be my second riflle down the road, and I will commit to using real cap mags on single shot.
Also I agree with the posters who say go the extra mile. No sense dropping a couple bills for a p.o.s.. Put in a little extra and get something of quality. Something all wood for sure. Including the barrel.