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newcastleadam 04-27-2021 06:29 AM

Rebarreling in Florida
Morning all!

Citadel finally did another BM59 barrel run, so my project can move forward! Anyone have a M1 Garand/M1A smith who does re-barrelings? Close to Florida would be preferred, but open. Thanks!

Rarecat 04-27-2021 07:11 AM

Bruce Dow...Dow Arms Room in Dade City

ETA...Hello Neighbor

newcastleadam 04-27-2021 09:45 AM

Thanks fellow Gainesvillian, will look into them. Curious if there's any in the Jax area as well.

newcastleadam 04-28-2021 01:45 PM

Talked with them, pretty sure I found my smith :)

Rarecat 04-28-2021 01:53 PM

I had Bruce re-barrel a Winchester with a criterion barrel and M1D block. Also had him re-blue a 1918 Colt M1911. Both were done expertly and timely.

newcastleadam 04-28-2021 02:01 PM

Ah, thanks for reminding me. Have a Gold Cup 70s needing front sight work.

newcastleadam 09-17-2021 07:52 AM

BM59 Project Done
Took 4 months but my BM59 project is done and I'm.....ok with the end result. Some photos first!

Next to a Garand for comparisons

Based on an original BM59 Winchester receiver, Numrich parts kit, and Sarco new Citadel barrel.

The good:
  • Barrel was installed
The indifferent:
  • Aesthetic differences with the deactivated full auto bits. Wanted the selector on the build as a visible touch. Might revisit myself later.
  • Added wood to the stock to keep bits together. Feel that another solution using more of the original bits would have negated this and allow the inert selector switch
The bad:
  • The cost.
  • Asked to repark, they only did a few small bits and were unsure exactly what they did. Originally they said they would do everything and match the receiver.
  • They said they could install the front barrel band, and instead stacked E-clips (see photo).

Original quote was $500, actual cost was $770. Really not happy with the cost related to actual amount of work done, and some of the work choices. No cost breakdown provided, so hard to tell where the money went.

Given a do-over, I'd send the receiver, barrel, and upper handguard to Shuff for professional install and do everything else myself.

Rarecat 09-17-2021 09:23 AM

Sorry Bruce let you down...but your Rifle does look great!

newcastleadam 09-17-2021 09:28 AM


Originally Posted by Rarecat (Post 2077940)
Sorry Bruce let you down...but your Rifle does look great!

It happens, live and learn. They had some interesting stuff in the shop, but priced a bit high (welcome to a gun store).

I'll be out at Saltwater in StA on Sunday, looking forward to trigger time!

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