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Should I buy a BCM 14.5" Mid Length Upper Receiver?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by funwith45, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. funwith45

    funwith45

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    I just finished building my first lower (Noveske with DD internals and Magpul accessories) ) and I am thinking about buying a BCM Standard 14.5" Mid Length Upper Receiver with DD rail. Does anybody know who makes the barrels and how accurate the barrels are? I thought about buying a Noveske 14.5 upper but the BCM is so much cheaper.

    Any help would be great. Thanks
     
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  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Noveske barrels are about as good as they get! However, 95% of shooters
    are not accurate enough to make the difference between it and a BCM.
    BCM barrels are VERY good quality!
     

  3. mjkeat

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    My BCM 14.5 LW is capable of much more than I am.
     
  4. JBarbaresi

    JBarbaresi

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    i'm in the opposite boat as you, i have my upper completely built and i'm waiting on my bcm lower to be sent out by G&R.

    i went with a bcm 14.5" standard barrel with dd 12.0 lite rail and battle comp 1.5. got the bcm bcg and gunfighter mod 4 charging handle, bcm/troy folding rear sight and troy m4 style fixed front sight.

    obviously i haven't shot it yet, but just from handling and my previous experience with ARs/m4s the bcm upper is awesome and i also really like the dd rail. for an extra $100 or so you can get the hammer forged barrel. all my shooting will be within 300 yards so i didn't find that to be necessary and opted to spend the money on other accessories and ammo.
     
  5. Patriot III

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    This is good advice.
     
  6. thisaway

    thisaway Moderator

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    My three-gun/SHTF rifle:

    1) BCM 14.5-inch standard mid-length, triangle FSB, fixed A2X FH
    2) BCM IonBond BCG
    3) Troy folding rear BUIS
    4) DD Omega rail w/ladder covers (OD)
    5) MagPul AFG1 (OD)
    6) Aimpoint H1 RDS, LaRue LT-660 QD mount

    7) LMT Defender lower
    8) MagPul MIAD grip (OD)
    9) MagPul CTR stock (OD)
    10) Spec-Ops Patrol two-point sling (black, haven't gotten a green one yet)


    I really, really like the 14.5-inch upper. It is relatively light, very handy/maneuverable, and quite accurate even with steel-cased ammo. I am well satisfied with this BCM product.
     
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  7. CatsMeow

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    I do have a question with the 14.5" midlength. After letting go of my Noveske 14.5 with carbine length gas system (to a guy who wanted it real bad) I'm eyeing a 14.5" midlength. What buffer should be used with this set-up, standard carbine or H buffer? Thanks!
     
  8. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    Derail: Glad to see the Comedian button back as your avatar... :supergrin:
     
  9. Fwdftw

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    Im still up in the air about a 14.5 i really want one but then again.. i dont know if id be satisfied with the a2 vs BC
     
  10. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    The BC 1.5 will bring a 14.5" out to 16" once pinned/welded.
     
  11. JBarbaresi

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    BCM recommends the H buffer with their 14.5 midlength.
     
  12. CatsMeow

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    Great. That's what I have. Thanks!
     
  13. JBarbaresi

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    sorry, i mispoke. this is from their website:

    "These 14.5" mid length gas barreled upper receiver groups have been specifically tuned to be a very soft and fast shooting set up. They are a joy to shoot, but please feed it good ammo. With good milspec pressured ammo we have been running H buffers. We do not recommend using lower powered ammo. If using less than milspec pressured ammo, it may be best to run a standard carbine buffer."
     
  14. mgs

    mgs Always Carrying Millennium Member

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    I just don't like having a pinned barrel....limited options on 14.5" but I have one also and a few 16's and 20's, Mike.
     
  15. CatsMeow

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    Oh okay. I'll see if it will run with .223 (for practice) before investing in a carbine buffer. Thanks!
     
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    I run an "H" buffer in the rifle I listed above and it has evinced no problems even with the cheap steel-cased .223 ammo.
     
  17. Fwdftw

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    Oh i know. im just saying I cant decide if its worth the money to get the bc over the a2x
     
  18. ColdBlooded

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    I just ordered the BCM 14.5" LW A2X Middy Upper from Grant at G&R Tactical. The waiting game begins...
     
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    BCM is very good. Love my 16" LW Middy.
     
  20. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

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    I would go with a 16" if you're set on a midlength gas system. 14.5"s best in carbine length. Not that it doesn't work extremely well.
    I guess I just don't really feel the "subjectively softer shooting" difference of the midlength, nor do I burn through bolts. It would annoy me if the gas system didn't like my starting loads when working up a charge. I think the 16" midlength is the perfect civilian AR.