Who's got a Bushmaster?


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kthomk
December 20, 2006, 08:42 PM
Who owns a Bushmaster and are you happy with it. Is it accurate enough for you? Is it reliable. Had another post about Bushmaster or Rock River. Found a good deal on a Bushmaster. Want to make a good decision before shelling out the cash. Thanks for the help!

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Steve H
December 20, 2006, 08:48 PM
I have two of 'em. If I was going to but another AR type rifle I would not hesitate on a third Bushmaster.

Zundfolge
December 20, 2006, 08:53 PM
Bushmaster ... Rock River ... both are good quality. If the deal for the Bushie is good, go for it, but frankly you'll likely be just as happy with either brand.

I've owned both and the only reason I prefer the Bushmaster I currently own is because it has a JP trigger (http://www.jprifles.com/)in it ;)

waterhouse
December 20, 2006, 08:55 PM
I've got one, as well as a Stag, Rock River, and a couple that are pieced together from various parts (including complete uppers and lowers from bushmaster).

All of mine run well, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy again from any of those companies.

RNB65
December 20, 2006, 08:56 PM
I've got a Bushy. It could use a trigger job to lighten the trigger a little, but otherwise it's outstanding.

Ohen Cepel
December 20, 2006, 09:11 PM
They are a great gun. If you like the set up and the price do it.

Bottom Gun
December 20, 2006, 09:20 PM
Mine are 100% relaible and amazingly accurate. I also have a Colt. The Bushmaster is better quality.

BIGDADDYLONGSTROKE
December 20, 2006, 09:35 PM
Bushmaster does not manufacture there own parts there, basically they buy the parts and then just put them together. But Im not knocking Bushmaster I have there A3 model and I realy like it, had to send it back once for some barrel issues but they were promt and I got it back within a week. Overall though I pretty satisfied with my Bushy, Rock River makes another good one and they are very reasonably priced.

Roadkill
December 20, 2006, 09:48 PM
I've got half of one. The other half is at Bushmaster having the front sight indexed to the receiver. But they were real nice about it. Should have it back soon. Also have a Colt SP1 and a Colt target upper on a MEGA lower. The BM is good but I prefer the Colts. I got the BM cause of the last election and I wanted someting as evil looking as I could get. Its the carbine with all the disliked features.

ACP
December 20, 2006, 09:55 PM
My first and only AR is a Bushmaster w/ 16" barrel and A2 sights. 100% reliable over the past several years with milsurp ammo (M193) and LaBelle mags. Palm-sized groups at 100 yards with iron sights. I'd certainly buy another one.

Matthew Temkin
December 20, 2006, 10:09 PM
I have one and I love it.

RyeDaddy
December 20, 2006, 11:42 PM
I've got an A3 from Bushmaster, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. Superbly accurate for me, (especially with my ACOG :evil: ). It had 1 failure to extract in the first 100 rounds, and the 2000 or so since have had no problems whatsoever. Great rifle, if the deal is good on it, all the better.

f4t9r
December 20, 2006, 11:45 PM
If its a bushmaster and a good deal go for it.

Molon Labe
December 21, 2006, 12:01 AM
My wife has an M4 A3.

Quality is O.K. - Not oustanding. But then again, they don't cost an arm and and a leg.

cracked butt
December 21, 2006, 12:07 AM
I have a A3, haven't shot it much yet, pretty happy with it- I kind of wish I would have spent a bit more for their DCM rifle. Only concern of mine is that I had to move the windage about 1/3 of the way to the right to zero it, not sure if its a barrel indexing problem or not.

Dienekes
December 21, 2006, 12:46 AM
Bought an M4gery version this summer and now have about 800 rounds through it. Accuracy with M193 ball type ammo is excellent. Stock trigger is the usual heavy, draggy AR trigger. Replaced it with a match trigger which made a tremendous difference in the shootability of the rifle.

The Compact ACOG helps a lot, too.

Recently bought two more for the "kids" but with better eyesight they can get their own ACOGs. Will be installing the same match trigger in those but that will be it.

You could consider this an endorsement. (First encountered the M16 type rifles in 1966 courtesy of USAF and owned a Colt carbine years back--so I am familiar with them.)

mgdavis
December 21, 2006, 12:52 AM
I like my Bushy. I haven't been able to find out quite how accurate it is yet (getting a new contact lens prescription in a week or so :o ). At this point it shoots better than I do with iron sights. Build quality seems decent in my limited experience.

wooderson
December 21, 2006, 01:05 AM
I've got an M4-style (that's just short for 16" and the odd-looking stock, innit?), A3 top. I have a difficult time getting a good cheek/shoulder position with it stock, so I'll have to get some kind of riser or scope on it soon.

Other than that, no complaints at all. Never a problem loading, shooting or ejecting yet.

romma
December 21, 2006, 09:22 AM
Who's got a Bushmaster? I DO! I DO! :D

possum
December 21, 2006, 11:32 AM
just yesterday between me and my dad we shot a total of 620rds through our bushmasters. he in the past has owned three and i have owned two we love ours and they have been totally reliable, and a hoot to shoot.we currently own one a piece. you should have seen us, we were doing all kind o good stuff. definetly a good day of trainning for him. i nor he had any malfunctions the whole day of shooting. most was shot from 25meters and closer in rapid succession doing cqb drills, transitions etc. the barrel got warm but they never slowed down one bit.

the only thing that sucked was that my red-dot batteries died on me and i had to use the irons, but that is cool with me i don't mind to terably bad, and now i think i don't even need the red dot and might not mind getting rid of it!

they are great rifles and i am sure that you will be very pleased if you buy one!

nitesite
December 21, 2006, 11:51 AM
I've got one, a 20" A2 version.

I'm overjoyed to own it.

SKeefe
December 21, 2006, 11:52 AM
I've got an M4A3 with over a thousand rounds through it.

It has never had any type of malfunction, and I will admit that I have used cheap ammo (Winchester white box, UMC yellow box, Wolf, and some other brands I've never heard of that were at the local shop) and I have sometimes not cleaned it between range visits.

HorseSoldier
December 21, 2006, 12:34 PM
I had a complete Bushmaster, ended up selling the upper, still use the lower. Zero problems with it.

Never had a complete RRA, but I have one of their lowers on my 6.8mm DPMS upper. Again, runs fine with no drama, issues or complaints.

MHBushmaster
December 21, 2006, 12:37 PM
Go with a Bushmaster and be confident in knowing that you have a quality firearm with a good reputation in the AR shooting community.

Many say go Colt, or you are settling...this is far from the case. Rock River is another quality choice, as well as Stag (especially for lefties).

BrennanKG
December 21, 2006, 01:06 PM
I've had 4 AR15s, two of which were Busmasters. Currently I still have one.
No complaints about them.

If I get another, it wouldn't be a Bushmaster, but that's because I want to assemble my own.


B.

Z_Infidel
December 21, 2006, 02:19 PM
I owned a Bushmaster for a few years and ran several thousand rounds through it without a single malfunction. It had a 20" chrome-lined barrel and was very accurate. Overall, a high quality rifle IMO. I only sold it because my interests changed, not because of any dissatisfaction with the gun.

vanfunk
December 21, 2006, 02:49 PM
I've had 4 Bushmasters. All had various QC problems relating to their assembly - unstaked carrier keys, unstaked castle nuts, over-indexed barrels and canted front sight posts, and tight magwells in 2 examples. All 4 would not have been suitable for defensive use out of the box. These were purchased between '98 and '04, so I know it wasn't just a bad lot. Perhaps all were Monday morning or Friday afternoon throw-togethers, but the examples I owned have nearly put me off of Bushmaster forever.

I would consider another one if I could get them to make an M4 with a 1/7" twist with M4 feedramps, properly MPI'd and proofed bolt, correct carbine extractor insert, properly staked gas key, properly staked castle nut with a forged, mil-spec receiver extension, properly magnafluxed and proofed barrel that is correctly indexed, H buffer, and "F" height front sight post, but I'm not holding my breath! Grrrrr....:mad:

vanfunk

Lonestar.45
December 21, 2006, 03:43 PM
I would consider another one if I could get them to make an M4 with a 1/7" twist with M4 feedramps, properly MPI'd and proofed bolt, correct carbine extractor insert, properly staked gas key, properly staked castle nut with a forged, mil-spec receiver extension, properly magnafluxed and proofed barrel that is correctly indexed, H buffer, and "F" height front sight post, but I'm not holding my breath

Colt and a few others would fit the bill for that list of specs, but not at Bushmaster prices. Since I'm not going into harm's way or kicking in doors I decided those options were not "must have" for me. Maybe on my second AR.

I picked up a Bushmaster Superlight a few months ago and I'm perfectly happy with it so far. One thing I found out when looking at AR's is that I did NOT want an HBAR, after handling many examples. You'll want to check them all out before making a purchase. Don't get stuck with a heavy barrel profile unless you know you want it.

vanfunk
December 21, 2006, 04:22 PM
Oh, don't I know it! What I'm looking for is the AR equivalent of a free lunch - Colt quality at Bushmaster prices:banghead: , but it ain't gonna happen!

I have amassed a nice collection of ponies which suit me very well though, but the Black Rifle Disease keeps compelling me to buy more.

Vanfunk

possum
December 21, 2006, 05:50 PM
btw we have shot umc, wwb, wwb 5.56, m855 green tip, black hills, wolf, ultramax and haven't had a single issue in our bushmasters. we have shot all the above but continue to shoot mostly the winchester 5.5r and the umc as it is what we have found the best deals on.

BAT1
December 21, 2006, 08:45 PM
The rifle has a very good barrel. I'm getting dime size groups at 50, 1" groups at 100, and it rings 6" steel at 225. Black Hills ammo. After the fifteen minute trigger job, of course. It''s free.. and works.

possum
December 21, 2006, 09:00 PM
The rifle has a very good barrel. I'm getting dime size groups at 50, 1" groups at 100, and it rings 6" steel at 225. Black Hills ammo. After the fifteen minute trigger job, of course. It''s free.. and works.

that's good shooting, that black hills is on point. it's some good stuff i just wish i could afford to shoot it all the time.

treebeard
December 21, 2006, 09:21 PM
I have two of them and love them both. One I shoot with just the iron sights and the other (flattop model) has a Nikon scope on it.

Dienekes
December 22, 2006, 12:12 AM
Reference "Colt quality at Bushmaster prices": I owned a Colt carbine in the mid-80s and used it quite a lot for a few years. Foolishly sold it and duplicated it as closely as I could with an A1 sighted Bushmaster carbine. Don't care for the useless forward assist, and would have preferred the superlight barrel but decided I could live with the M4 profile.

As I mentioned, the only thing I didn't care for on the new carbine was the heavy, creepy stock trigger--which felt exactly like the one I had on the old Colt. I looked at everyone's ARs at the NRA exhibits in Milwaukee in May to make up my mind, including Colt's. If I had thought that the Colt was noticeably better I was prepared to cough up the extra money. That has not turned out to be the case and I have had no regrets. By now I think I would have noticed any practical differences. One has a prancing colt on it and the other has a goofy looking snake.

I am a fanatic about reliability and thus far this one is a Timex. Better than the one Uncle foisted off on me in 1966-67.

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