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#6118300 - 01/04/16 03:09 PM Best AR for the money?
warren Offline
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Registered: 11/27/10
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New to the world of shooting and interested in getting my first AR. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of manufactures and options out there, so my question is... what's a good quality, cost effective AR? Primarily will just be used for target shooting. Any info would be appreciated! Thanks, Warren

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#6118318 - 01/04/16 03:17 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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Palmetto State Armory! Plain and simple.
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#6118370 - 01/04/16 03:52 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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I like my Ruger AR 556. It was toss up between S&W MP.

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#6118436 - 01/04/16 04:34 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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PSA
Ruger AR
S&W M&P15

All would serve you well, IMO. Others might include Bushmaster, Wyndham, possibly DPMS or DelTon.

Personally I decided buy once, cry once and went with Rock River. I spent a bit more but both the 5.56 upper and the 6.8 upper drive tacks (3/4" or better at 100 yds, 5 shot groups).
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#6118443 - 01/04/16 04:36 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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Registered: 12/24/15
Posts: 65
I prefer Daniel Defense.

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#6118447 - 01/04/16 04:38 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
MarkieMark Offline
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Registered: 12/24/15
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For budget rifles, DPMS, Palmetto State Armory will do the job.

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#6118528 - 01/04/16 05:30 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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what's your budget?

What matters for having a very good shooting AR the most are:

Good barrel
Free float handgun
Good trigger
Good ammo

The rest is more aesthetics than anything else.

Do you want to shoot for tiny groups or just center mass?

If the latter and a 2" group at 100 is fine just about any AR will be fine.

If you want a shooter then I would be looking at a 16" midlength gas system or 18" rifle length gas system.

What's your budget?

I don't recommend buying a bargain one and they spending a few hundred "tricking" it out with aftermarket stocks, grips, handguards, etc..
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#6118595 - 01/04/16 06:17 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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Best for the least amount of money right now, I'd have to say the Ruger at under $600. If your budget can stretch another $200 - get a Colt.
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#6118636 - 01/04/16 06:37 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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My first is a Colt LE6920 and never regretted buying it. Since then I've added a DPMS in .308, 2 PSA's, 2 Aero Precision, an Anderson( which is very nice for the money) a Diamondback and a Spikes. Yea I think that's it. Wife just shakes her head but kids and grand kids just grin!
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#6118765 - 01/04/16 07:49 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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PSA for a budget gun. I own 3 and have had zero issues.


Edited by bigjoe8565 (01/04/16 09:01 PM)

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#6118935 - 01/04/16 09:02 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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Man there are so many options these days. Just like vehicles, there are a ton to choose from budget to luxury. They all get you from point A to B. Some more reliable than others.

Just spend a little while researching on different forums and you can figure out what you want.

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#6118980 - 01/04/16 09:28 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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Registered: 07/10/14
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Loc: Lewisville/ Foard County
I have a S&W M&P 15 in .300 Black Out with a 5R barrel. No modifications, just the way S&W made it. With Hornady 110 gr. V-Max, this gun out shoots a lot of bolt guns. I've killed everything I've shot with it, DRT. Very accurate, with a great trigger.

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#6118986 - 01/04/16 09:31 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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Colt,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,buy now. The Azz clown about to make em go up again soon.

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#6118996 - 01/04/16 09:36 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
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DPMS Oracle. $500 at Buds.
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#6119132 - 01/04/16 10:56 PM Re: Best AR for the money? [Re: warren]
warren Offline
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Registered: 11/27/10
Posts: 12
Hey guys thanks for all the information and opinions... definetly given me a place to start! My budget is around $1000 and it looks like I can get a descent AR and "trick" it out for what I'm looking to spend. Thanks!!

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