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Posted: February 17 2017 at 9:33am | IP Logged Quote nagant

Going to buy one but so many out there now. Want a direct impingement no piston with forged upper/lower receivers, Mid length gas tube, .556 chamber, staked gas key under $900. The few i looked at are Ruger AR-556, Springfield Saint, Mossberg, MMR, S&W, and now Savage MMR but don't see the Savage for sale yet. Not sure any of these have all my wants. What about barrel coatings, bolt options. Any other good rifles i should be looking at? Not going to build one, period. Too many options now as it is, like buying cell phones. May go used but afraid of buying a kitchen table gunsmiths mistake. Leaning toward the Ruger so far. Any info appreciated, couldn't find any good website comparisons.       

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Posted: February 18 2017 at 6:10am | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

nagant,

I don't think we can help you much in this area. There are just too many variations of the AR15. The AR15 is probably the most customizable semi-auto around.

If you buy one pre-assembled its almost certain you'll want to change out some parts down the road. In order to get some of the parts you want, you'll likely have to accept some parts you don't want. New parts are hitting the market every day.

First you need to decide what you want to do with the rifle. Twist rates for the centerfire .22's run from fast to slow.

Want a heavy profile barrel, an M4 contour or something else? Flash hider or unthreaded muzzle? Chrome lined? Nitride or nickel boron?

Want an A2 stock, a collapsible stock or something in between? Want an A2 front sight or something that folds down? Gonna put a scope on it? Want a carrying handle?

Gonna hunt with it or just range shoot it for fun? Gonna use it for home protection?

You need to answer all these questions. Searching the internet will help. I'd start with "AR15.com".


I built my own!



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Posted: February 18 2017 at 6:35am | IP Logged Quote Bohica793

I built my own as well (three of them, actually). By building your own, you can customize everything to your own specifications and save money doing it. The most I have in one is $750 and that is my 6.5 Grendel build with the 24" stainless steel barrel with integrated muzzle brake. The assembly process is easy and makes a fun project(think Legos for adults).

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Posted: February 18 2017 at 9:01am | IP Logged Quote nagant

Thanks, it's going to be a training gun for a couple young kids and a 100 yd range gun for a 19 year old and his friend. Me, something to reload for The ruger is looking good right now unless i find a deal used.

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Spikes Tactical are very good guns. I would choose one over the ones you
mentioned. I have also had good luck with Rock River. Both have been failproof
and have very good accuracy.

My personal choice would be a LaRue PredatAr but it is out of your target price
range.

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Posted: February 21 2017 at 8:28am | IP Logged Quote M700

Years ago I bought an inexpensive 16" Bushmaster, and it has served well. It was my "patrol rifle" at work for several years and now is kept clean & ready, "just in case."

Makes a good little coyote rifle, and fun at the range too.

Not really a pitch for Bushmaster, it's just what I chose. I too, didn't want to build one, and I knew my needs were simple, so I kept the solution simple.

The Ruger AR-15's I've seen appear to be well made, and the owners are happy with them. I'd buy one without hesitation.

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Posted: February 24 2017 at 4:58pm | IP Logged Quote nagant

The only ar's i could lay my hands on were the saint and Ruger ar556. i bought the saint because of the longer gas tube/hand guard. The trigger is a lot better then what you read, smooth take up then a heavy but clean break. The keymods are steel reinforced so should be good to go. Fit is very good too.
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I'm finishing up a build in the 300 Blackout caliber.
Mostly for range use, but maybe some Arkansas hogs in the
future. No suppressor yet, but maybe. It was a fun
project. I got my friends and my son to give me input and
help me shop for parts at the gun show.
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Posted: February 25 2017 at 3:06pm | IP Logged Quote joed

Like M700 I didn't want to build one either.   I looked at a lot of
brands and finally decided on a Colt 6920. I figured if I needed to
sell it down the road it would be easier to sell a Colt.

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Posted: March 01 2017 at 10:27am | IP Logged Quote yissnakk

Check out PalmettoStateArmory.com. They generally have a
decent selection of uppers and lowers to mix and match
from. Built mine (working on a Grendel now - which they
do not sell!) and have added and changed things over
time. Lots of fun to build, shoot, and load for.
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