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Old April 19th, 2020, 05:49 AM   #1
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Bula Defense System .450 Bushmaster.

I have had this rifle for 3 years now. It is the first XM21 in .450 Bushmaster built by Bula. I had seen the stock on one of their .308 display rifles at Camp Perry and suggested that if they could build me a .450 Busmaster by the next day, I would buy it if it could be put in this stock. Well, next day Wayne the owner of Bula Forge and their rifle builder Josh finished it up as I watched at their table on commercial row. Really proud of this one. Shoots moa with 250 gr Hornady FTXs.
Finally got around to sanding the stock and putting a coating of BLO on it this morning. Loving quarantine. Sorry Hawk, no place for one of your kits on this Boyd's stock.


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Old April 19th, 2020, 06:10 AM   #2
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Looks real nice! Stock looks great!

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3 years already Art? Seems like only a year ago you got that .450.
Time is a flying.

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Oh. My. God. I want one.

Hows the recoil?

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Old April 19th, 2020, 09:17 AM   #5
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3 years already Art? Seems like only a year ago you got that .450.
Time is a flying.
Well, it may be 2 and not 3. Tough to keep track of years lately.

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Art, thats a fine rifle to be sure, great brush gun. How fast is it pushing that 250 grain bullet?

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Old April 19th, 2020, 09:37 AM   #7
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Do you need special mags for this rifle?

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Art, thats a fine rifle to be sure, great brush gun. How fast is it pushing that 250 grain bullet?

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A little faster than a 45-70 and a slightly smaller bullet.
Between 2150 and 2200 fps.

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Do you need special mags for this rifle?
Nope, just a barrel change will do it in most cases. Same standard mag is used for 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 and .450 Bushmaster. Keeps things simple. Just remembering which ammo goes with which rifle is enough brain work for this old boy.

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Nope, just a barrel change will do it in most cases. Same standard mag is used for 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 and .450 Bushmaster. Keeps things simple. Just remembering which ammo goes with which rifle is enough brain work for this old boy.
So...20 rounds in a 20 round mag?

This thing would be awesome where I hunt. Which is in Griz country.

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Looks better than the day I built it, Art. Art owns the very first XM21 variant .450 BM. 1 MOA results out a scoped version is right. They don't thump to hard, maybe a little more than the standard M14. As for mag capacity, best not to exceed 5 rounds. It simply doesn't feed very well with the softer brass and straight walls. I would have loved to do some testing with a suppressor. Maybe Art can with a can.

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So...20 rounds in a 20 round mag?

This thing would be awesome where I hunt. Which is in Griz country.
I have been loading 10 in a 20 rnd mag. This is the limit of the st of CT anyway. As Josh mentioned 5 was the best when I first started. Learned how to take the edge off the feed lips and polish for really nice feeding with 10 rnds.

I have been in talks about a suppressor for it, but I haven't received my OSS .338 magnum Titanium yet. I was told the virus has screwed all sorts of production up. No rush here. Got plenty to keep busy at.
Thanks again Josh for an awesome rifle.

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Awesome and elegant. Nice job to you both.

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Great idea building that rifle. That’s a big chunk of lead.

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I have been thinking a lot about this lately, I love .45-70, been handloading it since the 80's for Ruger No 1's, Browning 1885's, Marlin 1895's, T/C Contenders.... But I've really got the M-14 bug now, going to have to look into this round some more !

Thanks for sharing the pics !

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