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funwith45
02-11-2012, 18:47
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

faawrenchbndr
02-11-2012, 19:07
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!

mjkeat
02-11-2012, 21:04
My BCM 14.5 LW is capable of much more than I am.

JBarbaresi
02-14-2012, 19:33
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.

Patriot III
02-14-2012, 19:57
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!


This is good advice.

thisaway
02-15-2012, 19:48
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.

CatsMeow
02-15-2012, 23:16
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!

WoodenPlank
02-15-2012, 23:39
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!

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

Fwdftw
02-15-2012, 23:52
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

WoodenPlank
02-15-2012, 23:53
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

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

JBarbaresi
02-16-2012, 00:15
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!

BCM recommends the H buffer with their 14.5 midlength.

CatsMeow
02-16-2012, 02:19
BCM recommends the H buffer with their 14.5 midlength.

Great. That's what I have. Thanks!

JBarbaresi
02-16-2012, 08:13
Great. That's what I have. Thanks!

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."

mgs
02-16-2012, 09:45
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.

CatsMeow
02-16-2012, 19:41
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."

Oh okay. I'll see if it will run with .223 (for practice) before investing in a carbine buffer. Thanks!

thisaway
02-16-2012, 20:19
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.

Fwdftw
02-16-2012, 20:55
The BC 1.5 will bring a 14.5" out to 16" once pinned/welded.

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

ColdBlooded
02-16-2012, 21:45
I just ordered the BCM 14.5" LW A2X Middy Upper from Grant at G&R Tactical. The waiting game begins...

stopatrain
02-16-2012, 21:51
BCM is very good. Love my 16" LW Middy.

Disregarded9-side
02-16-2012, 22:12
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.

Nutt51
02-17-2012, 10:55
This is just my opinion so don't take it personal.
I have two BCM's, a 16" and a 14.5", both middys.
The difference in the barrel lengths is less than
3/4 of an inch with a standard A2 and the welded
extended A2 on the 14.5".
With the limited options of the welded on A2, I wish
that I had bought another 16" middy.
With the removable A2, I can use another hider, and
have more options of sights, hand guards, and gas blocks.
And the difference in handling is hardly noticeable to me.
If I were going with a 10 to 12 inch barrel SBR, I could
go with the pinned or welded hider, but not a 14.5" again.
As far a quality, BCM products are great.
A BCM barreled upper is quality and will serve you well,
either the regular or the BFH barrel.