Eating Crow


May 6, 2006, 02:22 PM
A little over two years ago I purchased NIB a Bushmaster A2 vs AR-15 with 20" fluted barrel. That sucker was a no go from the get go. After 20 rounds of firing it would stove pipe (oversize ejector pin - heat swelled it). In addition the barrel was way over torqued and the rear sights had to be adjusted almost all the way to the right - so far to the right that zeroed at 25 meant off at 50 and further off at 100.

I swore that I'd never buy another bushmaster.

Break out the crow for roasting and eating. Yesterday after much agonizing I bought a Bushmaster M4A3 model. With much trepidation I took it to the range and zeroed it using the 25 yd procedure. I then proceeded to shoot the heck out of it at ranges from 25 yards to 80 yards. It did everything well, no FTE's, no FTF's and no stovepipes. :D

The only downside I noticed was that after 50 rounds or so of pretty steady fire over a period of 5 minutes the groups started to open up. That might have been me though as it was evening, overcast and I'd had a long and frustrating day at work or it could have been the barrel heating up - who knows.

That first BM must just have been a LEMON! I suppose we all draw one occasionally.

:barf: Crow - tough and greasy - not tasty... ;)

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May 6, 2006, 02:40 PM
Well, I think I can relate to this a bit... way back when, I bought a new Marlin 60... and I have no idea what the deal is/was with that thing, but it was not you're typical Model 60... anyway... not to hijack, I just bought an AR myself... I went with the Olympic Arms 16" Plinker model... I just wanted something basic, fun, and reasonably affordable, but not cheap. I can now lay claim to being an EBR owner...

Where in OK are you???


May 6, 2006, 05:11 PM
Sounds like my first Kimber experience........

model 649
May 6, 2006, 06:13 PM
Eating crow? You gave the Co. another chance and they got it right. I don't see the "crow" here. They should be thankful you came back when you could do at least as well with another Co. (and there are many) at similar money. You didn't say wether Bushie fixed your A2 or wether you still have it (just wondering). Just from your first post, I would say you are more forgiving than I am when it comes to expensive hardware that disappoints, so , no "crow" necessary.

May 6, 2006, 09:06 PM
Bushmaster did fix it. In the 6 weeks I owned it it was actually in my hands for just two. It took two trips to BM to get all the problems resolved. After that I traded it for a Springfield Armory Garand chambered in .308. The BM cost me $829 and I got $750 in trade (I stuck a cheap $30 red dot on it - that impressed the dealer I traded it to it seems). So all in all the experience cost me $109.

I'd still like to get a full sized AR-15 with 20" barrel and standard stock one of these days but that's at least another year down the road.

May 6, 2006, 10:13 PM
And for that I'd recommend a RRA lower mated to a Clark Gator upper......

.5 guaranteed MOA for $1000.

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