I second the recommendation to shoot if for a time before making and decisions on changes. You may very well find that this rifle does the trick. The M21 DMR is one heck of a tool right from the get go.
Mine are cherished.
I ordered one around April 1st, they said delivery in 3 to 4 weeks after order.
Shelley said mine was 1st in line of 5 going to build.
Called around mid June, " . . . behind due to G contracts."
Called 2 weeks ago, Shelley said I'd get it in about two weeks after test firing.
I really wanted this rifle, all built by Bula, and not an erector set build off of gunbroker or armslist or the likes.
In the meantime I actually bought a 5 Line SAI & TRW USGI build (by very reputable guy here) off the PX because I'm such a child with little patience.
Still itching for the Bula though! LOL!
Shelley at Bula emailed me that a wood hand guard would not fit the M21 DMR rifle with NM barrel. She said they could sub the modified GI Barrel and the wood hand guard. The Bula website shows all their models with the wood hand guard. Wood hand guard really enhances the look of the rifle but NM barrel enhances accuracy. Hate to have a piece of large plastic on my rifle! What do you all think I should do? Thank you.
The wood handguards can be relieved to fit the Med Wt NM barrels. It takes about 10 minutes. I wouldn't settle for a standard weight. I built this rifle for Leahspeed6 a couple of years ago. It has a Med Wt NM barrel.
My Bula parts kit came with what could be considered an enhanced spring guide, and it was just a cheap Independence Day sale kit.
The kit was paired with an M21 DMR with their modified USGI profiled 19.25" barrel in a heavy commercial stock, with walnut handguard. The USGI gas cylinder isn't unitized, and the action isn't bedded. It produces 3/4 to 1" groups with the second handload recipe I tried, and under 1 1/2" with my standard 308 accuracy load.
I suggest you try it as it is, and modify it if it doesn't meet whatever standards you have. I have absolutely no plans to modify mine at all.
I have no doubts that it'll be reliable right out of the box.
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