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Old 12-22-2017, 04:53 AM
Hal O'Peridol Hal O'Peridol is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Blaine, WA
Posts: 70

Nice work!

I built mine several years ago before the influx of the complete kits. I sourced parts from gunbroker, an internet forum WTS ad and direct from Italy. Receiver came from Garand guy but was not to spec. Legs, while milled out to fit magazine were still Garand shaped and front hole for the magazine clock was still a small hole, not the 8mm needed.

I cut the legs on the receiver to shape using a dremel cutoff wheel and masking tap for a guide. The front mag catch I used a pin and bushing arrangement.

Stock I modified a Garand stock.

Stripper clip guides were not available backthen. Not really going to worry about it now.

Who did the engraving on your receiver? Nice job.

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Old 12-22-2017, 09:32 AM
Old Guard Old Guard is offline
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: tn
Posts: 774

[QUOTE=cal50;1662036]The USGI drill rifle receiver was welded on to demil it. All the ones I have seen have been welded with stainless steel filler rod. This will not conventional take blue or park. You can use Oxynate 84 that works on stainless steel if desired.

I had some left over Norrel SOCOM black Moly Resin that I applied to my receiver. I blasted it lightly and then applied with airbrush and baked it to cure.

My wood was in nice shape and only needed some light dents and dings steamed out and a few coats of tung oil. Beretta used nice walnut.

Now I am ready for a range trip~
very nice work, it is a beautiful package, certainly interested if you catch up and want to do the milling on another early garand reciever..
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:29 PM
Sigpros Sigpros is offline
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Missouri
Posts: 150

Great thread and nice rifle. I wish I had the skills
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Old 12-23-2017, 12:33 PM
cal50 cal50 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 133

There are several variations on the Garand to Beretta BM59 conversion.
It really is a unique rifle.
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Old 12-23-2017, 08:59 PM
s11033 s11033 is offline
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 132

Hey guys,

I bought a couple BM59 receivers made from ADI cast receivers, a couple Sarco BM59E parts kits, and took apart a Shuff's Mini-G that I hadn't shot in a while. I reshuffled the parts and ended up with a BM59E, a Mini-59 and a Mongrel .308 Garand. I'm pretty happy with the results, especially considering that each rifle cost under $800. I'll post some more pictures when I get back home from vacation.


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Old 12-23-2017, 09:15 PM
Neighbors Neighbors is offline
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Houston
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Thanks for the detailed series of posts! Love threads like this!

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