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BM-59 or M14?

#1 Post by m47dragon » Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:04 am

Apparently, I paid in too much federal income tax. Silly me. So, I'm considering either a JRA M14 or JRA BM-59. I've never fired either rifle but I own and shoot an M1 Garand so I am somewhat familiar with them. For those who have the knowledge to make an apples to apples comparison, which would you prefer? There's a decent price difference between the two, but I'm interested to know first-hand experience in terms of accuracy (without optics,) magazine reliability, overall maintenance and reliability, balance, etc.

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#2 Post by ROBNTX » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:51 am

No experience with either, but chose to go with build route on a BM59. Bought a parts kit and barrel and waiting on a field grade Garand, then sending over to Shuff's.

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#3 Post by 72 usmc » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:04 pm

If I had the cash I would go with an M1A1, while James River Armory has a forged receiver, also consider Fulton, they seem to provide better customer service. I would go with a National match in original configuration. Either JRA or Fulton armory NM service rifle. The M14 is a nice killing machine we had in the USMC. I loved that rifle. But you are up past $3400, a true high roller :dance: :dance:
See https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2016/ ... ry-m14f-ri
http://www.smallarmsreview.com/display. ... icles=1713

Caution : see https://www.ar15.com/forums/Armory/Jame ... /6-491624/
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Re: BM-59 or M14?

#4 Post by m47dragon » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:23 pm

72 usmc wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:04 pm
If I had the cash I would go with an M1A1, while James River Armory has a forged receiver, also consider Fulton, they seem to provide better customer service. I would go with a National match in original configuration. Either JRA or Fulton armory NM service rifle. The M14 is a nice killing machine we had in the USMC. I loved that rifle. But you are up past $3400, a true high roller :dance: :dance:
See https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2016/ ... ry-m14f-ri
http://www.smallarmsreview.com/display. ... icles=1713

Caution : see https://www.ar15.com/forums/Armory/Jame ... /6-491624/
First, Semper Fi😉. Second, I was just reading that same post about the Fiochi ammo. Thanks for the good info👍 With your input and some other information gleaned I think the M14 is the way to go.

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#5 Post by Rapidrob » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:40 am

If you break a BM59 part in ten years, what do you do then? Go with the M1A
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#6 Post by m47dragon » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:46 am

Rapidrob wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:40 am
If you break a BM59 part in ten years, what do you do then? Go with the M1A
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#7 Post by DarkLord » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:10 pm

My .02...

1- Cool factor (always have to weigh the cool factor)... In 5 years when the BM59's have dried up and you show up with one at the range...SERIOUS PROPS for having a rifle 99% of shooters don't even know exists.
2 - The BM59 really didn't have any of the issues the M14 had. The BM59 served quite satisfactorily for decades, while the M14 got the boot in just 7 years. Now to be fair, and good deal of that had to do with Springfield Armory (government arsenal, not today's "Springfield Armory"), but make no mistake about it, the rifle had some real issues as well.
3 - If you find you don't like the BM59, you'll be able to sell it at any time and get an M14. Springfield isn't discontinuing the M1A anytime soon, that's for sure.

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#8 Post by incognito » Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:36 pm

M14's (M1A's) are $hit. The BM59 is a unique if not odd evolution of the M1 Garnand. At least that makes it interesting. The M14 was an abismal failure of a service rifle and its only history is that of a sporting rifle in the US market. Its staying power is based on the nostalgic idea that is is 'Murican made, traditional wood stock rifle. But it really is just a piece of $hit.

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#9 Post by Rapidrob » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:12 pm

My M1A is an outstanding shooter at long range. I've had it for 40 years now and it has never let me down. Would I carry it in war? No. I had 24 of them in my armory while in the 'Nam. The stocks don't like a lot of moisture as you known they came out with a fiberglass stock.
I'd take the FAL Metric rifle in a heart beat.
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#10 Post by m47dragon » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:46 pm

Rapidrob wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:12 pm
My M1A is an outstanding shooter at long range. I've had it for 40 years now and it has never let me down. Would I carry it in war? No. I had 24 of them in my armory while in the 'Nam. The stocks don't like a lot of moisture as you known they came out with a fiberglass stock.
I'd take the FAL Metric rifle in a heart beat.
Still undecided😬. Thanks for all of the great input👍 A FAL is not to my taste (despite their reputation.) I think I’ll go to other guns on my list until I find one of these at a can’t refuse deal. Might even consider another M1 Garand especially if chambered in 7.62x51.

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#11 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:07 pm

Park your money and invest it in a few months. It should be a buyers market for most anything soon.

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#12 Post by m47dragon » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:07 am

SWIHARTMARK wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:07 pm
Park your money and invest it in a few months. It should be a buyers market for most anything soon.

Best Regards,

Mark
Sound advice👍

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