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#6343507 - 06/21/16 09:40 PM AR-15 Recommendations
Hunter Gatherer Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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I read the article on AR-15's at the top of this forum. Excellent read. However, I still know very little about AR-15's with regard to which brands are reliable, etc. I wanted to find a carbine with a 1:7 twist and a chrome lined barrel. I also want a machined lower rather than stamped. What do you guys like for your own AR's. I don't plan to hunt with it. It's more for just in case.....

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#6343527 - 06/21/16 10:05 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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I run almost exclusively Rock River. A lot of my law enforcement buddies run them on SWAT etc. If they are good enough for them, they are good enough for me. A little on the heavy side, but I highly recommend them. There are cheaper ARs out there, but these like I said, they are reliable as hell.
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#6343539 - 06/21/16 10:24 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Originally Posted By: Hunter Gatherer
I read the article on AR-15's at the top of this forum. Excellent read. However, I still know very little about AR-15's with regard to which brands are reliable, etc. I wanted to find a carbine with a 1:7 twist and a chrome lined barrel. I also want a machined lower rather than stamped. What do you guys like for your own AR's. I don't plan to hunt with it. It's more for just in case.....


I assume when you say you "want a machined lower rather than stamped" that you mean you want a billet lower and not forged. In that case, you are going to be looking at higher-end ARs.

The honest truth is that pretty much every brand out there is as reliable as 95% of buyers would ever need. Most people will recommend the brand that they own.
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#6343574 - 06/21/16 11:34 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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#6343597 - 06/22/16 02:40 AM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Like mentioned there aren't any stamped lowers (that I know of). There's forged, billet, or polymer (I guess 3D printed is polymer too). I don't care for polymer but others do. Billet is cool, but weighs more and does nothing to improve the gun except maybe a tighter fit to a matched billet upper. Forged works great and is much cheaper than billet.

Budget makes a big difference in what's recommended.
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#6343740 - 06/22/16 08:41 AM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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I only own one billet ar out of about 10. It's a factory built Larue. They're nice looking but function wise there is no advantage. My best AR's are home built ones with super high end parts inside of good name brand forged receivers. The trigger and barrel followed by the bolt are going to the biggest things that have to do with accuracy in my opinion. You also want a floated hand guard and nothing that touches the gas block. Stainless barrels are primarily for accuracy but not meant for rapid fire.


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#6343798 - 06/22/16 09:40 AM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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They are all about the same really function wise. DPMS gets a bad rap on the AR forums but they shoot good. I had a Sportical which is the cheapest AR made pretty much and it shot right under an inch with factory PMC ammo and everything else I fed it. Just upgrade the trigger on whatever you get and it will be night and day. There are several good ones and I have a Timney that I like a lot. I currently have a ROck River Predator Pursuit upper on a Spikes lower I built and love the setup.
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#6343804 - 06/22/16 09:46 AM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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My best AR is my Daniel Defense. Kept it simple with an Aimpoint PRO and a Geissele ssa-e trigger. Its a great AR. I won't hesitate to buy another DD.

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#6343912 - 06/22/16 11:19 AM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: aggiehunter03]
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Originally Posted By: aggiehunter03
They are all about the same really function wise. DPMS gets a bad rap on the AR forums but they shoot good. I had a Sportical which is the cheapest AR made pretty much and it shot right under an inch with factory PMC ammo and everything else I fed it. Just upgrade the trigger on whatever you get and it will be night and day. There are several good ones and I have a Timney that I like a lot. I currently have a ROck River Predator Pursuit upper on a Spikes lower I built and love the setup.


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#6344145 - 06/22/16 04:12 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: TTUhunter4]
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Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
Originally Posted By: Hunter Gatherer
I read the article on AR-15's at the top of this forum. Excellent read. However, I still know very little about AR-15's with regard to which brands are reliable, etc. I wanted to find a carbine with a 1:7 twist and a chrome lined barrel. I also want a machined lower rather than stamped. What do you guys like for your own AR's. I don't plan to hunt with it. It's more for just in case.....


I assume when you say you "want a machined lower rather than stamped" that you mean you want a billet lower and not forged. In that case, you are going to be looking at higher-end ARs.

The honest truth is that pretty much every brand out there is as reliable as 95% of buyers would ever need. Most people will recommend the brand that they own.



This.
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#6344301 - 06/22/16 06:52 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Sounds like you want a fighting weapon and not a target gun. I would be looking at BCM or Colt. And I would put BCM first. Also hear good things about LMT but never messed with one so I cant comment. Regardless of what others may tell you they are not all created equal even in the same price range. Some only batch test parts while others individually test parts for quality control. Some don't even do some tests at all. Barrel steel comes into play as well. How they stake the gas key is another biggie for me. Some don't stake the key at all. There are other little things that separate a good good from a battle quality gun but those are just a few.

Like I said.....I would buy a BCM if I was wanting a fighting weapon. They know how to do it right.
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#6344447 - 06/22/16 08:39 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: JCB]
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Originally Posted By: JCB
Sounds like you want a fighting weapon and not a target gun. I would be looking at BCM or Colt. And I would put BCM first. Also hear good things about LMT but never messed with one so I cant comment. Regardless of what others may tell you they are not all created equal even in the same price range. Some only batch test parts while others individually test parts for quality control. Some don't even do some tests at all. Barrel steel comes into play as well. How they stake the gas key is another biggie for me. Some don't stake the key at all. There are other little things that separate a good good from a battle quality gun but those are just a few.

Like I said.....I would buy a BCM if I was wanting a fighting weapon. They know how to do it right.


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#6344471 - 06/22/16 08:57 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Registered: 08/27/09
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My most favorite AR that I have owned is my current one from Karis Guns. Bet most people on here haven't heard of them. $499 shipped a year ago, complete and even came with a 15 inch handguard. Slapped a trigger in it and a new 1-4 scope and new butt stock and rocked on. It's as accurate as any 16 inch AR I've shot.

I could've bought a Colt, or Rock River, or Daniel Defense, as I believe they are all top notch rifles and I carry a Colt for work, but this was strictly a gun for having fun and I couldn't justify the money for a toy.
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#6344506 - 06/22/16 09:19 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Armalites are an excellent value currently.

https://dsgarms.com/armdef15f

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#6345752 - 06/23/16 09:06 PM Re: AR-15 Recommendations [Re: MDMORROW]
Hunter Gatherer Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 161
Originally Posted By: MDMORROW
I only own one billet ar out of about 10. It's a factory built Larue. They're nice looking but function wise there is no advantage. My best AR's are home built ones with super high end parts inside of good name brand forged receivers. The trigger and barrel followed by the bolt are going to the biggest things that have to do with accuracy in my opinion. You also want a floated hand guard and nothing that touches the gas block. Stainless barrels are primarily for accuracy but not meant for rapid fire.


How's a guy rocking a Double T end up in a place with all those trees? Glad to see a fellow Raider on here. Sometimes I get the feeling I'm surrounded by those maroon fellows.

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