My first build was a BM59 out of a Garand receiver. Took me years to gather the parts, learn about the process, and had to learn how to use a mill and a lathe with my buddies help that had them. He is a car guy, knew nothing about firearms. Had to use solid carbide mills. $$$. Broke som mills. I feel it was totally worth it. Long long road. Very satisfying. My second BM59 build was much easier. Patience and perseverance are key. Also be prepared to make expensive mistakes. Safety of the end product is key. I chose the BM59 because I started out as a Garand guy. Now of course I love my M1A. The next natural progression of the “evolution” of the Garand.
I haven't read all the posts on this, but after over 40 years of working on the M14 I would strongly suggest that anyone contemplating assembling an M14 or M1 rifle would be well off to have a qualified armorer or gun smith do the barrel installation and head space set up. Most of the rest is pretty basic.
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