The 7.62x51 cartridge may be interchangeable with the .308 Winchester, but they are not exactly the same cartridge. The .308 has a higher pressure than the metric, which may explain why the round is not recommended for use in this rifle. The 147-gr. load has a reported muzzle velocity of 2,733 fps with 2,437 ft. lbs. of energy. The bullet can cross a little more than 900 yards in a second, so anything within that distance is toast.

The .30-caliber bullet is very stable, so the cartridge is accurate to several hundred yards. In the BM59, it should easily deliver the goods.

The rifle’s hardwood stock is true to the original design (no checkering), and the sights are adjustable.