Good Bargain/Cheap 50 BMG


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hadmanysons
November 20, 2008, 12:21 AM
What do you guys think is the best Bargain/Cheap .50 BMG out there? I know there's a lot and i've not heard a lot about them beside the Barrett Model 99 (which isn't that cheap compared to the others)

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Hoppy590
November 20, 2008, 12:25 AM
personaly, i think the best value .50 is the Safety Harbor series

either the stand alone SHF/R50 or the AR upper UltraMag 50

bothe bolt action magazine fed .50BMG

SHF/R50 starts around 2,500
and the Ultra mag upper around 1900

Kind of Blued
November 20, 2008, 12:29 AM
"Cheap 50 BMG"... *does not compute*

Sold mine.

I had a Bohica Arms upper, which is about as cheap as they get, but the wait is well over a year it seems. I think East Ridge Gun Company makes some very nice rifles for fair prices. If I were going to get another .50, I think that's the way I'd go.

hadmanysons
November 20, 2008, 12:42 AM
Wasn't talking necessarily uppers for AR's but whole guns. Would wanna keep my AR-15 just like it is. Was thinking more about quality for price.

Hoppy590
November 20, 2008, 12:52 AM
well uppers tend to be cheaper.

its much cheaper for a company to produce a upper, than a whole firearm because its less BATFE interference. less licenses, etc

Monkeybear
November 20, 2008, 01:02 AM
Would wanna keep my AR-15 just like it is.

You couldd just buy another lower.

hadmanysons
November 20, 2008, 01:02 AM
I see. I guess I just don't like the though of cannibalizing one gun for another. Especially when i've spent about $1500 just to get the AR shooting right and all the extra's (you know, in cabin GPS, smoker's package, sunroof):D

Anyway... Besides that, i've been looking around, you'll spend about as much money on a scope as you will a gun. HOLY CRAP good optics are expensive!

Almond27
November 20, 2008, 01:07 AM
50 BMG and cheap just isn't possible just check out the ammo prices.

Hoppy590
November 20, 2008, 01:31 AM
I see. I guess I just don't like the though of cannibalizing one gun for another. Especially when i've spent about $1500 just to get the AR shooting right and all the extra's (you know, in cabin GPS, smoker's package, sunroof)

popping 2 pins and switching uppers is "cannibalizing" ?!

well buying an upper, and a 200$ AR lower is still cheaper than buying a whole .50 firearm

hadmanysons
November 20, 2008, 01:39 AM
50 BMG and cheap just isn't possible just check out the ammo prices.

Well... it's also my excuse to get into reloading, another $600 expendature.

popping 2 pins and switching uppers is "cannibalizing" ?!

well buying an upper, and a 200$ AR lower is still cheaper than buying a whole .50 firearm

True. Guess i would just like as many "complete" rifles as possible. Suppose its more of a bad feeling that listening to good advise :rolleyes:

RyanM
November 20, 2008, 01:58 AM
http://www.serbu.com/top/bfg50.php

Serbus are relatively cheap. Shipping and transfer fee would bring the price to right at $2300.

Hoppy590
November 20, 2008, 02:47 AM
Suppose its more of a bad feeling that listening to good advise

so see your thinking of it all wrong....

dont think of it as turning 1 rifle into 2 uppers. think of it as an excuse to buy another lower!

hadmanysons
November 20, 2008, 12:19 PM
think of it as an excuse to buy another lower!

I like it! ;)

50 Shooter
November 20, 2008, 07:04 PM
You'll be better off buying a dedicated lower, there's more to it then just popping the two pins.

State Arms/East Ridge Gun Co. makes a very good and reliable rifle for the price. More then one trophy has been won with their rifles, so you can't go wrong with their stuff.

The Serbu BFG-50 is another good entry rifle, huge following and Mark is a good guy even if he tells you "two weeks".

From there you have the Armalite AR-50 and the Barrett M99, both are built like tanks and both companies have good customer service. Both are capable of MOA or better with quality ammo and the shooter doing his part. There's also the BGA Viper, it's a copy of the Barrett M99. The company used to make parts for them and did a few mods to the M99 and called it the Viper.

Other then that, there really isn't anything "cheap" about owning a .50 BMG rifle. If you want a Serbu and Ferret50 receiver for $500 (if still available) let me know as a friend has them for sale. The BFG receiver will knock $500 off the final price, so you'd be looking at about $1,800 to finish the rifle. You could sell the Ferret50 receiver or keep it and buy another .50. The ferret50 is another .50 BMG upper for an AR lower.

hadmanysons
November 21, 2008, 01:33 AM
Thanks 50 Shooter. Good advice. Not looking to buy right now. I think my wife would kick my ass if I bought another gun right now. Probably be looking to buy in about a year (after I buy some reloading equipment for that expensive @## ammo!)

EdAK74
December 30, 2008, 02:56 PM
go to http://www.jgsales.com/product_info.php/ammo-for-rifles/50-caliber-bmg/p/50-bmg-caliber-remanufactured-french-surplus-ammo%2C-10-round-packs-/cPath/12_46/products_id/3054 you can get a round for $2.50 ea but you have to buy 100. Godspeed Bro

Strongbad
December 30, 2008, 06:33 PM
+1 for State Arms/East Ridge. That's what I've got. A discontinued model that they used to make called the "Lightweight", and it is... at 17lbs. It's roughly half of most of the other dedicated 50's out there. Next up would be an AR-50. Then there's the LAR/Maadi-Griffin clone (LAR Big Boar).

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