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Old February 11, 2018, 23:04   #1
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JRA BM59

Just picked up a new in the box JRA BM59 yesterday at J&G in Prescott. I was nervous after reading some of the on line review/horror stories but Damn if that gun ain't some fine lookin gunporn. I took it to the range today and ran 200 rnds of good 7.62 NATO surplus though it. I got 2 magazines with the rifle both in excellent condition. One worked flawlessly and one needs work. I expected that from what I read on line. I found the rifle to be very accurate, no problems with the working mag and just plain fun to shoot at 300 yards on steel. Zeroed the gun at the 25, took the sight up 10 clicks and to my surprise never missed the gong at 300 unless I pulled the shot. Recoil is different from a 7.62 Garand and an M1A. Very manageable but distinct. I love that gun.
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Old February 14, 2018, 15:36   #2
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I would like to get one but am concerned about their receivers, they are cast but the receivers on their M14 rifles are from Bula & they are forged & by all accounts one of the best to be had. I don't know why they just don't get Bula to make them some BM59 receivers. People would be happier & I think they would sell very fast. I just bought one of the JRA M14's last week, haven't gotten it to the range yet but that thing is BEAUTIFUL!!!
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Old February 14, 2018, 16:01   #3
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Yeah, cast receivers are junk. Just ask Springfield Armory.

I have one of those junky JRA cast receivered BM-59s, and I agree that it is a finely built specimen. I haven’t even shot mine yet, so maybe it will put casting frags in my face when I do, but the teardown, clean & inspect, and reassemble went perfect and showed high quality surplus parts and nice attention to detail, too. Congrats on yours, especially the extra mag!
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Old February 16, 2018, 18:00   #4
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Tulhman, I concur with your observations. Sintured and casting technology has come a long way. Springfield is not the only major firearms manufacturer that uses casting for receivers or other critical parts. Mine is almost all BM59 with a Springfield hammer and ww2 milled trigger guard. I don't know who made the barrel but that rifle shoots. 200 rnds of NATO 7.62 and the receiver looks unused. Let us know how yours does when you get it out to the range. I just hope the mags I ordered are useable. I have one that needs adjusting already.

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Old February 18, 2018, 20:22   #5
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I would like to get one but am concerned about their receivers, they are cast but the receivers on their M14 rifles are from Bula & they are forged & by all accounts one of the best to be had. I don't know why they just don't get Bula to make them some BM59 receivers. People would be happier & I think they would sell very fast. I just bought one of the JRA M14's last week, haven't gotten it to the range yet but that thing is BEAUTIFUL!!!
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I have one of the JRA BM59 rifles, and mine has a JRA receiver made by Bula. The lady at JRA tells me Bula makes the receivers (cast not forged) for JRA. JRA applies their (JRA) heal stamp, then assembles the complete weapon using BM59 (PB) parts. Mine has all surplus PB parts except for the JRA heal stamp receiver (two digit serial number), and the barrel which is a new Bula 3/17 made barrel. I've had no issues with mine. Cycling and firing operation has been clean and smooth, and fit and finish are excellent.
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Keep in mind that All Ruger rifles are cast. As much as I do not like Ruger I will give the credit, the receivers do not break.
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I've got one also and runs great and accurate. Have to love those integral bipods
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At this point I'm curious as to how many of you other Joe's ended up with a Bula cast receiver BM59 from JRA. Mine is stamped BULA DEFENSE SYSTEMS CLEVELAND OH on the right side of the receiver just under the op rod track. This can be seen by lifting the receiver from the stock. As I stated earlier, mine is a two digit serial number from JRA, BOOxx. The lady I talked to at JRA told me Bula cast some of the receivers as needed for JRA. Which raises another question to me and that's what other company is casting BM59 receivers for JRA? Perhaps some of you other JRA BM59 owners can chime in?
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I also have a 2-digit JRA with a Bula cast receiver & Bula made barrel dated 3/17.
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Prices have become very reasonable. If anyone is interested in a BM59E to add
to collection, http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/italiain-bm59---e-model.aspx
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Prices have become very reasonable. If anyone is interested in a BM59E to add
to collection, http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/italiain-bm59---e-model.aspx
I have a BM59E, and I love it, I'm just weary of the JRA receivers.

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