I bought a Bushmaster Super Light Carbine back in May, mainly because it was light weight and my daughter needed a lighter weight rifle for hunting season, which is right around the corner. It came with a Bushnell red dot on it and two 30 round magazines and hard case for $600. I was initially concerned about the carbon fiber receiver and how it might hold up over time. I have taken it to the range a few times now and the gun has performed beyond my expectations. It holds very tight groups at 100 yards and has not had any stopages or failures to feed with FMJ's or BTHP's or JSP's. We've fired a little over 800 rounds through it so far the different types of rounds all seem to perform well as far as accuracy goes. What really has suprised my about this gun is how good of a (stock)trigger it has. It is really smooth with a nice crisp break on it. I have a Bushmaster "Patrolman's Carbine and that trigger is alright, but nowhere as good as the trigger on the Super Light Carbine. I'm just wondering if anyone else out there has purchased one of these "budget" AR's that has for me performed with anything but "budget" results. Just looking for other people's experiences or comments.:)
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October 2, 2011, 09:41 PM
Just thought that I would post a pict of it as well. Any thoughts or comments?
October 3, 2011, 07:33 AM
What kind of scope is that?
October 3, 2011, 08:02 AM
I've got what you might call a patrol carbine (Bushmaster). It has the aluminum lower reciever and thin bbl (0.675"). Although it has the orginal trigger group, I stoned it lightly and it has also gotten a bit smoother from additional firing. I would prefer a "sport" trigger (ie:Timney or McCormick) but can't justify the additional $150-200.00. I don't shoot it that much. Being a retired l/e officer and living in a rural area, I keep it in the bedroom in case an old "customer" or ignorant nerr-do-well happens to pay me an uninvited visit.....I keep a 30round magazine w/FMJ loaded, and a 5-shot with 60gr Hornady on the dresser top in case a deer needs to go in the freezer....
As it came with the stardard front sight and handguards (short bbl), it was "average" in accuracy. After I had the barrel placed on a DPMS "hi-pro" upper reciever and a Hogue free-float forend, and a YHM gas block it's sub-moa with 1st quality bullets (Sierra, Nosler) and 1.5moa with mil-spec bullets.
I have a 2x-8x compact scope on it. Also, it has an led light mounted on bottom of gasblock rail. Looks much like your rifle, in that it also has the adjustable stock as yours.
This is my second Bushmaster, and it's a keeper..... I personally don't care for the over tricked-out or ultra-heavy barreled ones. I had the pleasure of handling an Armalite prototype of the AR15 many, many years ago. I also had another Bushmaster with both AK-shorty and 20" HvyBBl Varmint uppers. I much prefer the AR as Mr. Stoner originally designed it. I think that with the trend with the A4, the military has decided too, that he had it right to begin with. Improvements such as the picitiny rails and collapsable stock made it even better....... He (Mr. Stoner) would even approve of the Carbon fiber lower reciever........ When I bought my AR, I was actually looking for a Carbon 15. But what I found a good deal on was very close. I also have option of replacing the barrel on the A2 upper reciever and replacing the front sight gas block. But however, I will keep the Free Float forend.... That is what made the difference in the accuracy...
October 3, 2011, 04:59 PM
Abel - The optic on the rifle is a Bushnell Banner red dot. It is pretty good for shots out to 100 yards for putting the rounds where you want them, but I would not want to take a shot beyond 150 yards for hunting purposes and that would be stretching it. I'm sure there are others out there that could be effective with it, but the fact that there is no magnification on it, my eyes just aren't what they used to be. It is a good performer, but it's no ACOG or Aim Point. But for right out of the box as a package it's a good starting point for someone on a budget...which I am. It will hold 1.5 to 2 MOA at 100 yards even though it is a 6 MOA optic according to the manufacturer.
Goose Gestapo - The carbon fiber receiver from what I can tell shaves roughly a little over 1 lb. off of the overall weight of the gun between the Patrolman's carbine that I have. It does make a difference for my 12 year old daughter who I purchased the gun for to use for deer season this year. I figure she won't have to shoot beyond 50 to 75 yards the way it is, so I think it will work well for her. I have some premium ammo that seems to be pretty accurate and has a good track record according to others that I have talked to regarding terminal performance for deer hunting. I'm wondering how you like the Hornady ammo for your deer hunting?
October 3, 2011, 05:43 PM
The non-aluminum receivers have a reputation of ovalling out holes in the receiver resulting in sloppy at best fit over time.
Make sure you aren't using varmint ammo for deer.
Best of luck.
October 3, 2011, 05:55 PM
HGUNHNTR - Thanks for the info. I have not heard that before. When you mention ovalling out holes in the receiver, where on the receiver and how much are you talking about? Have you heard of any catastrophic cases? And roughly how many rounds does it take to create this ovalling effect?
October 3, 2011, 08:35 PM
The holes where the pins attach the upper to the lower receiver. I don't know how many rounds it might take, but the combination of light weight (more recoil), and composite receiver make this possible. There are many threads about the much maligned (sarcasm) ultralight AR's over at ar15.com...they tend to be pretty snooty about AR's though.