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October BCA Newsletter

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October 17, 2022 Edited March 28, 2023 3670 view(s)
October BCA Newsletter

Bear Creek Arsenal started life as Moore Machine in 1971. It began as a two-person operation doing repair work.

For over four decades, Moore Machine made components for other companies. Wanting to make and market their own products, Bear Creek Arsenal was created in 2013. The initial offering was a standard AR15 and related items. The line was expanded to include AR10 as well.

From the very beginning, Bear Creek Arsenal has had one primary focus: “providing the highest quality of firearms for the everyday American." Forty years in the machining business helped them produce their products efficiently, keep costs low, and pass the savings on to their customers.

Growth has been nothing short of phenomenal. The number of employees has grown from 300 in 2019 to over 700 in 2021. The number of CNC machines is now 400, up from 300 in 2020. The AR 15 platform has ten calibers and the AR10 has four. Some recent innovations include piston gas system, side charging and dual charging options, bufferless recoil system, and Cold Hammer Forged barrels.

With new products being the lifeblood of any industry, Bear Creek Arsenal is positioned to remain a leader in the industry.

 

BCA Foundation

Shaking hands with police

The BCA Foundation was created by the Moore family of Sanford, N.C. as a way of showing support for the local community, first responders, law enforcement, and veteran/military groups. It is an outgrowth of Bear Creek Arsenal, a large manufacturing entity owned by the Moore family. Donations are in two forms: items manufactured by Bear Creek Arsenal and direct financial gifts. Recent recipients include local police, university campus security, and sheriff departments. Deserving individuals, including disabled military veterans, have also received benefits. Eugene Moore, President and CEO of Bear Creek Arsenal, was instrumental in the creation of the BCA Foundation. He is a Navy SeaBee veteran and knows firsthand the sacrifices made by veterans in protecting our country. The efforts made by first responders in serving the public, often while encountering extreme danger and risk to personal safety, are another reason for recognition by the Foundation. Continuing assistance by organizations such as the BCA Foundation play an important role in supporting those individuals and groups that protect and defend our country.

 

Tiered Rifle Release

These are designed to deliver exceptional performance through attention to detail and top-of-the-line components. From groundhogs to grizzlies, the PREMIER MASTER line of specialty rifles has you covered!!!

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TARGETMASTER

The Targetmaster is an excellent choice for long range shooting. It begins with the .223 WYLDE caliber which shoots both 5.56 Nato and .223 Remington ammunition accurately and safely. The 20” barrel maximizes velocity and helps with down-range accuracy. In addition, the barrel is made from 416R Stainless Steel which is specifically formulated for rifle barrels to increase barrel life.

The barrel has straight flutes to decrease heat buildup. In order to shoot both lightweight and mediumweight bullets, the 1:8 twist was chosen. To protect the shooter’s hands from a hot barrel and have the options to attach accessories, a 15” MLOK free-floating rail was selected.

Since there are shooters that prefer rear charging uppers and other shooters that prefer side charging uppers, we decided to provide both options: a dual charging upper receiver! To complement the rear charging option, an ambidextrous charging handle was added.

To make sure the shooter has every advantage a 3 lb. Velocity trigger is installed. In the event an adjustment in the gas system is needed, the adjustable gas block avoids changing the buffer tube and spring. The VCG6 Epsilon Slimline Muzzle break reduces recoil providing faster target re-acquisition. To make shooting comfortable for both right-hand and left-hand shooters a Magpul ambidextrous grip is included. A Magpul PRS Lite stock completes the package.

 

FIELDMASTER

The Fieldmaster is another member of the PREMIER MASTER family. There are three (3) versions that differ only in barrel length and specifications:

  • 16” - 1:8 twist, Stainless Steel Spiral Fluted
  • 18” - 1:8 twist, Stainless Steel Melonite Bear Claw Spiral Fluted
  • 20” - 1:8 twist, Stainless Steel Straight Fluted

All three barrels are made from 416R Stainless Steel which is specifically designed for long barrel life.

Other than the MFT Battlelink Stock, most of the components are the same as the Targetmaster and are the same in all three versions of the Fieldmaster:

  • VELOCITY 3 lb. TRIGGER – crisp, clean release; re-set has no over-travel allowing for quicker follow-up shots
  • MAGPUL AMBIDEXTROUS GRIP – comfortable for both right- hand and left-hand shooters
  • DUAL CHARGING – has both side-charging and rear-charging options
  • .223 WYLDE CALIBER – shoots both 5.56 Nato and .223 Remington ammo accurately and safely
  • 1:8 TWIST – will shoot lightweight and medium weight bullets accurately
  • 15” MLOK RAIL – slotted for attaching accessories and covers most of barrel to protect hands from heat buildup
  • FLUTED BARREL - helps keep barrel cool with increased surface area to dissipate heat

 

HUNTMASTER

The HUNTMASTER category is still in the refinement stage. It will be a platform larger than the AR10 to accommodate the calibers .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 7mm Remington Magnum, and .300 Winchester Magnum. It will be first featured at the 2023 SHOTSHOW.

 

Huntmaster Breakdown

Bear Creek Arsenal is expanding its product line in a dramatic way: a totally new platform, larger than the AR10, has been created. This was necessary in order to accommodate the following calibers:  .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 7mm Remington Magnum, and .300 Winchester Magnum.

Still being in the design / testing stage, prototypes will be showcased at the 2023 SHOTSHOW.

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These calibers were selected for a variety of reasons. The standard AR15 calibers, which cover a wide range of uses, lack the energy at long distances to take large game. The new calibers pack the power to safely hunt big game animals at a much further range. They can also be used for long range target shooting and competition.

Another reason these were chosen is simply ammo availability. Notwithstanding fluctuations in the market, most sporting goods stores that carry ammo normally stock these calibers.

Below are some specifications and features for each caliber.

 

.30-06 Springfield

The .30-06 was originally a military caliber:  .30 caliber adopted in 1906. It is the parent caliber of many variations. With a wide variety of bullet weights available, from 95 grain to 220 grain, the 30-06 remains a popular choice for hunters. Recoil is manageable for most shooters.

 

.270 Winchester

The .270 Winchester is quite a success story. Created by necking down the venerable .30-06, the .270 quickly became the caliber of choice for many hunters. With a lighter weight bullet, the recoil was less than the 30-06 and it came with a flatter trajectory. Even though the bullet selection is smaller, there are plenty of options for most game.

 

7mm Remington Magnum

The 7mm Remington Magnum is a belted magnum. The recoil is appreciably more than the likes of the .30-06. For this reason, many hunters shy away from it. Most hunters that select it are interested in the biggest game. There is a large selection of bullets available.

 

.300 Winchester Magnum

The .300 Win Mag is a belted magnum. The recoil is too much for most average-size hunters. Even though it uses .30 caliber bullets, most are too light to be practical. This is definitely a large game caliber.

 

Hunting Opinion Piece

Hunting is a tradition enjoyed by millions of Americans. Documented by earliest recorded history, hunting has been an integral part of survival for the majority of civilizations. Even after animals were domesticated, hunting continued to be a major supplemental food source.

Today, hunting is a mix of table fare and sport. Most hunters enjoy the sport of hunting and utilize what they harvest or make sure it is used by others. These include “trophy” hunters who are more interested in large antlers than tomorrow’s main course. Most states have a version of  the “Hunters For the Hungry” program which matches game processors with hunters who are willing to donate harvested game and then distributes the packaged meat to deserving families.

Whether hunting for enjoyment of the sport or putting food on the table, it is important to make sure every effort is made to quickly and cleanly dispatch the game. With guns, this includes several factors including matching the right caliber to the game and conditions, selecting the best bullet construction and weight, and developing the skill to execute accurate shot placement.

More and more Americans are using their AR platform rifles for hunting. The two biggest reasons are the accuracy in current offerings and the calibers available that are adequate for hunting. With a little tweaking, MOA groups are commonplace, which is more than required for long range shooting. Calibers up to belted magnums are the latest trend, so even the biggest North American game can be safely hunted.

Another aspect of hunting is in the meat itself. For example, whitetail deer meat is very high in healthy protein while containing virtually no fat. Like most mammals, deer store fat to survive harsh winters. The fat is stored between the body and the hide, not marbled within the meat like beef.

Venison is offered in some of the finest restaurants in the country. The animals used are required to be pen-raised on tightly monitored farms for food safety concerns. Wild-chase animals cannot be used in order to prevent poaching and over-hunting. While the taste of venison is stronger than beef, cooks can use a multitude of recipes to enhance the flavor.

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Hopefully, the tradition of hunting will continue for future generations. Game laws protect the animals to ensure the health and continuity of the herds. Hunter safety courses are taught in many schools. Taking the first big game animal is still seen as a right of passage in many families.

 

Safety - General Topic of Safety with Firearms

Gun Safety can take many forms.  Listed below are three categories typically covered by gun safety.

Product Safety is a major focus at Bear Creek Arsenal. This is stressed in our videos and the owner’s manual provided with all firearms.

Gun Safety Practices apply to the actual use of the firearm. These are simple steps that can eliminate accidents and injuries.

Hunting Safety Practices are specific to the activity of hunting. These are designed to minimize the risk to hunters.

Another aspect of safety is the protection from intruders a gun in the home provides. With recent changes in policies in the criminal justice system, such as no bail requirements, under funding or de-funding police, releasing hardened criminals back onto the streets, and the unrestricted flow of drugs entering across the southern border, homeowners must prepare to protect themselves.

gun with gun lock

 

PRODUCT SAFETY

Included with each firearm is a steel cable gun lock to prevent unauthorized use.  A thumb safety on the receiver is conveniently located to secure the gun until ready to fire. There is also a last shot hold-open feature, where the bolt stays back, which allows the operator to remove the empty magazine safely and replace it with a full one with the assurance that the chamber is empty before proceeding, which comes standard on most of our firearms.

Each full firearm comes with an OWNER’S MANUAL which clearly shows the operation and provides general safety tips. We also have videos that demonstrate safe handling practices.

 

GENERAL GUN SAFETY PRACTICES

  • The muzzle must ALWAYS be pointed in a safe direction
  • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
  • Keep the trigger finger OUTSIDE the trigger guard and OFF THE TRIGGER until you are ready to fire
  • Be certain of your target, your line of fire, and what lies beyond
  • Always wear protective eye and ear protection when shooting and maintaining your firearm
  • Unload firearms when not in use
  • Firearms in the home should be LOCKED UP to keep them away from children. Trigger locks should be installed to prevent children from being able to fire, in case they access it
  • Do not rely on the gun’s safety
  • Make sure the ammunition you use is correct for the gun
  • Do not alter or modify the gun

 

HUNTING SAFETY PRACTICES

  • Wear hunter orange while hunting
  • Clearly identify the target and know the background
  • Never shoot at sounds or movement
  • Make sure the bore remains free of obstructions
  • Make sure your gun is properly sighted in
  • Many states now require a Hunter Safety Couse before they will issue a hunting license. For example, Missouri made Hunting Education mandatory in 1987 and since then hunting accidents and deaths have DECREASED by more than 70%.

 

Hammer Forged Barrel - Why The Big Hype

hammer forged barrel machine

Bear Creek Arsenal has always produced quality firearms at reasonable prices without compromising in the material used in components. The stainless steel in our barrels is 416R which is specifically designed for longer barrel life. We use 4150 Chrome Moly in standard barrels, a higher grade than most other manufacturers. Our upper and lower receivers are made from 7075 T6 aircraft aluminum for toughness and durability.

In order to give our customers additional options, we have recently acquired a machine to produce Hammer Forged Barrels and have a second one on order.

Hammer Forged barrels are also referred to as Cold Hammer Forged. The “cold” simply means the metal is not heated but machined at whatever temperature the area is at the time.

hammer forged barrel

The process of hammer forging a barrel begins with a barrel blank that has been drilled through with a diameter very slightly larger than the desired bore diameter. A mandrel with reverse rifling and chambering is inserted into the barrel blank. It is then placed in the machine. There are carbide hammers that are exactly 180 degrees apart to equalize stress. The hammers rapidly pound the blank around the mandrel with tremendous force as it slowly rotates which keeps the barrel round. This forms the lands, grooves, and chamber inside the blank. Small indentations will remain on the outside of the barrel from the hammer strikes which will be machined off during the final contouring of the barrel.

The process of compressing the metal makes it more resistant to the heat which is created in rapid, sustained fire situations. This is the reason our military requires that all of their rifle barrels be Hammer Forged. It also leads to a longer barrel life and makes it less prone to throat erosion and gas port erosion.

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The process also leaves the bore’s surface very smooth, having less resistance to the bullet and increasing velocity.

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Jason DeGraw
October 17, 2022
I would like to get an ar in 45/70 can you do this ? In SS
kerry dougherty
October 17, 2022
it is called the 450 Bushmaster or 458 SOCOM. But you might as well go with the 12.7x42, also known as the 50 Beowolf
fiftyohm
October 17, 2022
You should recognize the 45-70 is a rimmed cartridge. So no.
Michael Urban
October 17, 2022
I get wanting one in that caliber although i hear the one company that makes them, are having some serious issues keeping them functioning? I havnt had a chance to look into them just yet as they are so over priced i will never be getting one. But even if i had the money to spend i dont know if i would buy one anyway? Once i find out what the issues are i would be able ot make a better informed decision on it ,but as of now i own a Marlin 1895 chambered in 45/70 and im happy with that! lol
Mike West
October 17, 2022
I would definitely buy it as it's one of the best rounds for moose and bear and likely in more ways than one outperforms the 450 bushmaster. A good ol' lever action 45/70 is plenty good for me but it would be a treat to have it in an ar style platform.
Andrew Smith
November 2, 2022
Look into 450 raptor or 375 raptor.
Terry Soles
October 17, 2022
The newsletters are very helpful on what's going on with the bear creek arsenal store. Thank you for the great stuff you make
Scott Croce
October 17, 2022
Love all my BCA purchases Top quality, super accurate, really good looking with fine finishes,and reasonable pricing. They do exceed my expectations in every way. My only complaint is that I keep missing out on the free goodies, that appear right after I buy something. But that poor timing is on me.
Scott Cannon
October 17, 2022
Why not do calibers like 300 wsm or 7mm wsm or 300 prc calibers that’s harder to get?
Karl W. Schweickardt
October 17, 2022
Thanks for providing a description of just what "hammer forged " means & what effect it has on a barrel's metallurgy.
Les Jackson
October 17, 2022
Congratulations BCA on your growth! I am especially grateful to the foundation for its decision to award me a gift certificate in the summer. With it I purchased a BC-15 223 Wilde basic rifle. This is my first AR since serving on river boats in Vietnam in the late 60s. The BC-15 is a fine rifle and I enjoy shooting it. Its purpose is to provide personal protection at home and on our church security team. I will probably add the adjustable gas block and tune for reduced recoil and muzzle rise. I will not be making extensive modifications. Again, thank you for your vision in serving patriots, sportsmen and the community through the foundation. Your commitment to high quality product at very competitive prices will serve you and your customers well.
Michael Tiwne
October 17, 2022
Can't wait for your new rifle to be available to the public. I recently purchased a different caliber from your company and am very pleased.with its accuracy. Thanks for building a fine rifle!
Floyd C Jaggers
October 17, 2022
Bear Creek Arsonal is my favorite, but now that the credit card / debit card companies are reporting gun/gunproduct purchases tell me. Will you accept personal checks, moneyorders, etc?
W.W. Nicks
October 17, 2022
I asked the very same question Floyd. BCA told me they don’t do that, however they’re looking into doing that in the near future. I won’t use a CC to pay for one either now that it will be put on a gubmint watch list.
Cliff craine
October 17, 2022
I purchased a 450 bushmaster side charging upper last year and so far i am very happy with it. I had to add a stronger buffer spring but other than that change I am a happy customer. My next upper purchase will be a 9mm. Bit of a down grade from a 450 bushmaster. Thanks bca for a great upper.
Frank Casterline
October 17, 2022
It's great to see your expansion.I have two of your uppers,350 legend and .223 Wylde surprised at the accuracy for the price! I can't wait to get the .17 HMR or the .17 WSM should you decide to include it in your lineup!
Toby Hullinger
October 17, 2022
44 mag in ar upper like to see also side charge in with carbine old school hardware, triangle front post and small round handguard. Love the new 22/250 upper!! Great products !!
Bobby Gilbert
October 17, 2022
Always wanted a AR in 30/06 and 300 win Mag look forward to seeing them, I have a safe with quite a few of your upper's in it for what every my mood might want to shoot or what I have ammo for lol!
William
October 17, 2022
Can’t wait to see the 7mm mag. Can you make a 338 Federal for the Ar 10 or just the barrel?
Richard Thornton
October 17, 2022
I also have been waiting for 6 months for a 338 Federal Barrel! I wish they would make one in decent 20"+ length.
Jeff Wolski
October 17, 2022
Can't wait for the 7mm Remington Magnum to come out. If you need help testing let me know.
Timothy Miller
October 17, 2022
30-06! Great news. Hoping you look at 8.6 Blackout and the new military use of 6.8mm at some point as well. With the military adopting 6.8 there will be public demand. I still need to get one of your 6.5 Creedmoor uppers soon ????
Shane
October 17, 2022
The prices are now starting to look even more attractive with some of the specials you have been offering. I haven't yet jump on some of these great deals yet simply because Iv'e been waiting patiently and eagerly for something in 30.06 AR platform. I want your version of the HCAR with side charging in the special dark earth powder coating. When that day comes, It will be my honor to own and hold a BCA.
Brian
October 17, 2022
Love BCA. I hope that you'll start offering lightweight barrel profiles now that you have CHF machines
Ken Cotton
October 17, 2022
Will this new Huntmaster platform be large enough to also support 12ga uppers?
Wayne Chapman
October 17, 2022
I wish you would start making a 450 Marlin upper the only company I know that is making one is k a k and they stay out of stock all of the time
Michael
October 17, 2022
Hope to see a CHF done in the 223 Wylde! When I see that I’m all in!
Pat Wiggins
October 17, 2022
I am excited to see the 30-06 hit the market. You can guarantee I'll be on the order list. Just love the other 3 calibers I have. Do you need someone to do field testing, I'm your man....
Kenneth Taylor
October 17, 2022
I wish I could take a 7 mm magnum on the Elk hunt I have planed for October
George Zitka
October 17, 2022
Looking forward to that bigger frame. 30-06 AR? Great!
Robert
October 18, 2022
Recently purchased a 6.5 Grendel upper with 20 inch stainless barrel. Already had a bolt gun in that caliber. Half inch groups at 100 yards.with my reloads. I can only imagine what one of your hammer forged barrels would do. Unbelievable quality for the price. First BCA purchase and will definitely not be the last. Thanks
A. Sneed
October 17, 2022
How about making the new huntmaster model in .458 Win. Mag.? What are you going to call it? An AR5?
Wolfi
October 17, 2022
Put me on the waiting list for that 300WM platform. I cannot wait. Thanks for constantly innovating
Michael Urban
October 17, 2022
Yano i have been thinking about a larger caliber AR for some time. Although i have alteady purchased one of your AR10 uppers and parts to finish my AR10 lower from you guys ,i cant wait to look into getting a Reg-Mag or 300Win Mag rifle? Im guessing that since the rifles are a bit larger then AR10s that you will also be selling lowers sthat go along with it? I am figuring the size of the parts will make some things proprietary.......no? You guys are an awesome company and in my opinion have the single best Customer service of any company i have delt with!!! Keep up the great work my peeps at BCA!!!? :>)
JasonCO
October 17, 2022
Love the accurate products produced, I have too many to list, but I think, the community is overdue for a: 6mmARC rifle, complete upper (side charge or rear charge), Grendel II bolt or barrels? The 6.5 Grendel, is an OK cartridge, but it falls flat on it's arse at 600 yards!
Michael Wheeler
October 17, 2022
Looking forward to see the new line up with the larger calibers. This should be interesting!
Michael Corcoran
October 17, 2022
7.62x25 Tok You’d be making a killing if you made a PCC in this cartridge!
Rob Driggs
October 18, 2022
Great read and I am looking forward to your new line of ARs to come out . Those 4 big hunting cartridges are going to be awsome . Thank you for your dedication to producing a great product .
Jon
October 18, 2022
Don't miss out on clambering for the 300 PRC, 6mm ARC, and the rest of that family of advanced modern cartridges.
Lee
October 18, 2022
26” barrel on 300 win mag please please! Don’t need a pointless 18”
RON HAMMER
October 19, 2022
ANTICIPATING YOUR EXPANSION OF AR-10 PLATFORM TO INCLUDE OTHER CALIBERS- ESP. 30-06 AND 7MM REM. MAG. GOOD JOB IF UPPER PACKAGE INCLUDES MAGAZINES FOR THOSE CALIBERS. WILL THOSE LONGER CASES REQUIRE A NEW EXPANDED LOWER AS WELL? VERY PLEASED WITH YOUR .308 AND .243 TACK DRIVERS! NICE JUST TO NICK THE EDGES OF THE SAME HOLE!
Larry A Priest
October 19, 2022
I have 3 of the older style BCA side charger uppers on my rifles. They function great with one huge exception. After as few as 50 rounds the charging handle loosens. I tried blue locktite, no go, no difference. I'm using Permatex Orange and it seems better. Also, if a roujd gets stuck in the chamber for some reason it's impossible to whack the charging handle along with a sharp butt hit to the ground without bending the charging handle rendering it useless. The screw is just too small for any light abuse. I see you've improved the charge handle design. That's good but, it's impossible for me to invest in the new design so I constantly have to monitor mine to be sure I don't lose a handle. I often shoot 500-600 rounds a day on varmints and it's a PITA to have to carry thread locker andva wrench around. Plus the rifle becomes useless until the thread locker sets. Fortunately I have spare rifles to swap too after the primary becomes useless for the day.
Hunter Kreger
October 20, 2022
I love your guys products and creativity. If you guys make an AR lower that takes rock and lock ak mags for 556/223 I would definitely get one
Ralph Hernandez
October 24, 2022
Up until last year I said I would never own an AR. in 10 months I now own three complete AR carbines. I keep checking back with Bear Creak and wonder why the 7.62 x 39 is the only Carbine offered in a 10 1/2 inch hand guard??. Waiting to see if other 16”&18” barrel models will come out in hand guards less than 15”. Sure hope they don’t miss the opportunity.
John and Darcus Evans and the entire family
November 15, 2022
I can't wait for the HUNTMASTER line to kick off! I will be buying all of the named calibers that are to be offered. Bearcreekarsenal is my go-to manufacturer for all of my needs and wants related to all aspects of shooting and hunting. Can't wait to see what's next? Maybe a BCA 1911? Please put me down for serial number 1. Thanks to everybody at BCA, you are all very much appreciated ????????
dennis beaver
November 30, 2022
bca , im a true army patriot , red , white , @ blue ! ! yuor company is the best ! great quality products thru @ thru ! i'd trust your rifles in combat anyday ! thanks for all you do ! dennis beaver army tanker ( lebanon , grenada ) !
Elliott Ware
January 8, 2023
Go Navy! This Corpsman is now a proud customer. Thanks for providing this service.
Charles
February 3, 2023
Hoping your 18" SS 450 Bushmaster complete upper will be back in stock ????? Love the 350 legend I purchased. Benched rest 100 yards 1/2 groups !! I'll buy from ya all day long
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