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#6338182 - 06/16/16 10:30 PM If you had the extra money
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....and you wanted to go pick up a sporting type rifle, what brand & model would you go with? AR, DPMS, Smith & Wesson, Ruger? I'm pretty sure that I'm going with the 5.56 but I don't need the "Ferrari" edition or the "Gremlin" either. I'm just looking for a rifle that is built like a bank vault, easy to maintain, shoots & cycles well and has room for add on's to advance the capabilities of the platform.

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#6338184 - 06/16/16 10:34 PM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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When I was in a similar situation, Ibought a Colt 6920 with magpul furniture and topped it with a leupold Firedot scope

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#6338192 - 06/16/16 10:53 PM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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Just depends on how much cash you had laying around. I'd skip a base dpms, maybe a s&w sport 2 and have heard good things about the ruger.

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#6338199 - 06/16/16 11:11 PM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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My son is in college so has to pay me back - hence got him a Ruger as a good but economic choice. Me, mine are almost all Colt.

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#6338214 - 06/17/16 12:00 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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If the prices don't go crazy, the S&W models are proven and affordable.

There are also build options from companies like Palmetto State and many others.

Having experience with DPMS, I just can't knock them. Perhaps the Toyota Corolla of the class, but I don't see a lot of Toyota cars broken down.

Considering this particular platform is the most popular Sporting Rifle in the U.S.A.; most downsides or problems can be rectified with a very little output on after-market parts and some research.

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#6338237 - 06/17/16 04:31 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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Can't speak for others but have never had a problem with a Windham. P_102
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#6338360 - 06/17/16 08:39 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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Middle of the road, probably a Colt 6920. Good quality for low price probably windham. Little bit better than colt for not much more, Daniel Defense or LMT.
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#6338383 - 06/17/16 09:08 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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Love my daniel defense.

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#6338400 - 06/17/16 09:22 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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PSA or Colt
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#6338415 - 06/17/16 09:28 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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I'd buy another DPMS with a heavy stainless barrel. I've got a 223 with 20" bull barrel that shoots sub 1/2" with off the shelf Hornady Superformance 53gr vmax. It's been through hell and never let me down.
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#6338489 - 06/17/16 10:13 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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Dpms or a JP. For something between those two, a RRA.
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#6338528 - 06/17/16 10:45 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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PSA is the best quality for the price.
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#6338572 - 06/17/16 11:07 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: dogdown23]
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Originally Posted By: dogdown23
I'd buy another DPMS with a heavy stainless barrel. I've got a 223 with 20" bull barrel that shoots sub 1/2" with off the shelf Hornady Superformance 53gr vmax. It's been through hell and never let me down.


I've got the DPMS in AR-10 platform in 6.5 Creedmoor and it has been outstanding! It will shoot 5 round groups at 100 yards less than an inch, the best being less than a half inch. I've hit out to 800 yards with it! For the money it has been well worth it!

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#6338591 - 06/17/16 11:33 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Originally Posted By: Deerhunter61
Originally Posted By: dogdown23
I'd buy another DPMS with a heavy stainless barrel. I've got a 223 with 20" bull barrel that shoots sub 1/2" with off the shelf Hornady Superformance 53gr vmax. It's been through hell and never let me down.


I've got the DPMS in AR-10 platform in 6.5 Creedmoor and it has been outstanding! It will shoot 5 round groups at 100 yards less than an inch, the best being less than a half inch. I've hit out to 800 yards with it! For the money it has been well worth it!


My 20" Hbar .223 will shoot 1" very regularly. I've shot 1.5" at 200 yards several times with it. I hope the 16" .308 I just bought will hold up to that expectation!

I've had great luck with DPMS rifles and don't understand the disapproval they receive from so many folks.
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#6338598 - 06/17/16 11:37 AM Re: If you had the extra money [Re: Bull_Rope]
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I would have to go with the smith and a 6.8 cal.
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