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#5888470 - 08/20/15 10:07 PM Best AR??
SWtexashunter Offline
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Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 185
Loc: Uvalde, TX
Was hoping to get an AR-15. Any that yall can suggest? I was looking at Trojan firearms, what are yalls thoughts?
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#5888485 - 08/20/15 10:20 PM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Loc: Dallas, TX
How much are you willing to spend? Match, hunting, self-defense? Lots of opinions on this, sort of like .30-06 vs .308.
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#5888486 - 08/20/15 10:22 PM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Registered: 11/06/11
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Loc: Royse City, TX
Never heard of Trojan. Generally speaking, I think S&W, Rock River, DPMS, Windham, Colt all are good rifles for the money.

What do you want to do with it and what is your budget?

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#5888527 - 08/20/15 11:18 PM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
SWtexashunter Offline
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Loc: Uvalde, TX
It will be hunting sir
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#5888535 - 08/21/15 12:02 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Posts: 4778
Loc: Germany
There is no best AR. Having said that, there are some really good ones, and some you should really stay away from. And just because it goes bang every time the trigger is pulled doesn't make it a quality AR, although many will try to convince you of that. This is actually a very large can of worms as folks get emotionally attached to their purchase and will not accept the fact that they didn't buy a very good rifle.

Upper tier ARs will provide you better consistency and quality rifle to rifle than many other manufacturers, and often for not much more money than lesser rifles.

Not including some custom builders out there, Colt, Daniel Defense, Bravo Company, Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT), Noveske, Knight's Armament, and Larue all produce quality rifles (at different price points to be sure) and you really couldn't go wrong with either one of them.

You just have to determine what level of quality is acceptable for your money and what will fit within your budget. Good luck.

P.S. Now here come the folks with sensitive feelings about their rifle of choice.
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#5888575 - 08/21/15 05:46 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Registered: 06/22/14
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Loc: Stephenville
Like they already said, you're going to get a ton of different answers on "best", most people will say whatever they have is the one to buy. It would be easier if you find what you like then ask a bout a specific riflle here rather than the broad question of what's best.

I have taken to building my own ARs this year, but it sounds like you want a complete rifle, which is probably going the best way to go for a new AR shooter. If you have any doubts and might be selling it in the future, buying a well respected name will make flipping it at a minimal loss easier.

A lot of these rifles are geared towards tactical or hard use, with chromed barrels, quad accessory rails, forward grips etc. IMO that's not needed for hunting, personally I'd prefer a stainless barrel and a more simple, lighter hand guard.

If you can afford a high end gun like a Larue, Noveske, or LMT I'm sure it'd shoot well and be a nice piece to own. In the mid price range and for hunting, I think RRA is a good value. I've had 2 factory RRA's that have both shot very well. I've seen Stag recommended as good value, though I've never used one. Doubt you go wrong with a Colt, though I don't think I'd like any of their hand guard configurations for a rifle primarily used for hunting.

Getting one already set up like you want it will be a big part of the decision unless you're willing to customize it later.






Edited by Anton Chigurh (08/21/15 05:53 AM)

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#5888628 - 08/21/15 06:58 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: kry226]
patriot07 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
Posts: 947
Loc: Royse City, TX
OP - what is your budget? The list I gave you is $800 and under. The list the kry226 provided is much, much higher than that (except for Colt). I would never personally spend $1000+ on any gun, so those type of extravagances are not even a consideration for me. I've personally owned a DPMS and Rock River. Both were accurate, reliable, and fun to shoot. Not sure what the ones listed below do better than the others, but I'm sure there has to be some advantage given the enormous price difference. I don't own any ARs right now, because they're just not my cup of tea. But the two I have owned in the past were excellent firearms.
Originally Posted By: kry226
There is no best AR. Having said that, there are some really good ones, and some you should really stay away from. And just because it goes bang every time the trigger is pulled doesn't make it a quality AR, although many will try to convince you of that. This is actually a very large can of worms as folks get emotionally attached to their purchase and will not accept the fact that they didn't buy a very good rifle.

Upper tier ARs will provide you better consistency and quality rifle to rifle than many other manufacturers, and often for not much more money than lesser rifles.

Not including some custom builders out there, Colt, Daniel Defense, Bravo Company, Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT), Noveske, Knight's Armament, and Larue all produce quality rifles (at different price points to be sure) and you really couldn't go wrong with either one of them.

You just have to determine what level of quality is acceptable for your money and what will fit within your budget. Good luck.

P.S. Now here come the folks with sensitive feelings about their rifle of choice.

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#5888637 - 08/21/15 07:03 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Irons and optics always look tacky to me. I would get a flat top if your going to do a lot of hunting with it. Im not a big auto guy, but Ive have owned a few. They normally come with a ten pound red rider/Lawyer trigger, unless you buy a custom. I have a DPMS panther with the flat top, 16 inch stainless bull barrel. Man other than the crappy trigger its great, feeds good and is very accurate. I hope to drop a comp trigger in it soon. I had a Rem r 15 and it was accurate, but liked to double feed/jam. I do break my panther down every time I use it and clean it. They work so much better with extra cleanliness. The 16 inch bull barrel feels good on mine and I don't like over loaded accessorized ARs. Feels like a boat anchor out on the end.
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#5888660 - 08/21/15 07:29 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: REALKILLER]
patriot07 Offline
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Originally Posted By: REALKILLER
Irons and optics always look tacky to me. I would get a flat top if your going to do a lot of hunting with it. Im not a big auto guy, but Ive have owned a few. They normally come with a ten pound red rider/Lawyer trigger, unless you buy a custom. I have a DPMS panther with the flat top, 16 inch stainless bull barrel. Man other than the crappy trigger its great, feeds good and is very accurate. I hope to drop a comp trigger in it soon. I had a Rem r 15 and it was accurate, but liked to double feed/jam. I do break my panther down every time I use it and clean it. They work so much better with extra cleanliness. The 16 inch bull barrel feels good on mine and I don't like over loaded accessorized ARs. Feels like a boat anchor out on the end.
Get a $40 Bill Springfield trigger job on that DPMS. Best $ you'll spend on that rifle. I agree the factory trigger is not great, but it's easily fixable for not much $.

RRA factory trigger is fantastic.

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#5888770 - 08/21/15 08:52 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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The problem is that words like "best" imply $$$. When I hear best, I think GA Precision, Wilson Combat, etc. While I appreciate these fine, fine rifles, my needs aren't sophisticated enough to justify the $$$, for my normal use. I own four Armalites, 2 AR15, 2 AR10, and am very happy with them. They would be considered mid-tier guns at best; I've replaced all of the triggers, and I'm very happy with what I've got.

I picked Armalite because I thought they were the best value, but the $$$/quality trade-off is one that you'll have to make for yourself.
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#5888792 - 08/21/15 09:06 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Budget is what will determine what kind of AR you want to get. With that being said, never heard of trojan.
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#5888913 - 08/21/15 10:07 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Loc: Galveston Bay
The best is Wilson Combat or Les Baer but again it all comes down to the best that you can afford.

In my opinion the name doesnt mean a thing.

What matters is

1. quality barrel
2. quality trigger
3. quality bcg
4. quality optic

go with a 6.8 or 6.5 if it is for purely hunting


Edited by Bigfoot (08/21/15 10:08 AM)
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#5888921 - 08/21/15 10:10 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Registered: 08/18/12
Posts: 8632
Loc: Harris County
Get a War Sport.
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#5888925 - 08/21/15 10:12 AM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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https://www.lwrci.com/p-329-ic-a5.aspx

LWRC International M6 if you really want the best. It is pricey but it is nice.
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#5889487 - 08/21/15 03:11 PM Re: Best AR?? [Re: SWtexashunter]
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Loc: Abilene
If you're asking what the best is, the answer is easily JP.

Best for the money is a $500 DPMS Oracle at Buds.
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