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Bushmaster Carbon 15

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Tmilburn, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Tmilburn

    Tmilburn member

    I recently got a bushmaster carbon 15 for 649.99 from Gander Mountain. After I bought it I found some less that great reviews about my recent purchase. I ignored the insults made on many of the forums and put some rounds down range. Seemed to function fine but didnt have enough time to mess with the red dot adjustments. Now I am asking myself would this gun be worth upgrading ang using as a RE-build with maybe a bushmaster aluminum lower and upper? and upgrading the trigger and bcg? I dont have the money to go out and buy an all new ar all at once and I figure for a beginner this would be a good starting gun to build off of.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011
  2. ForumSurfer

    ForumSurfer Well-Known Member

    Just shoot it and see what you like/dislike about it. I put several hundred rounds downrange before I had any clue what features I actually wanted and needed.
  3. Tmilburn

    Tmilburn member

    Yea, thats what i plan on doing I just know that there are alot of negative opinions on this rifle but I feel like it is a good starting place and a pretty good deal for an ar-15
  4. rjrivero

    rjrivero Well-Known Member

    I agree. Shoot it until failure. Then start replacing what needs replacing.
  5. Birdmang

    Birdmang Well-Known Member

    If I were you I would focus on building the LIGHTEST AR15 possible. It would be sick to have a sub 4lb AR15.

    -Skelatonized stock
    -Carbon fiber for end
  6. Tmilburn

    Tmilburn member

    That would be pretty sick but I dont know how possible (or affordable) it would be to do that. I just want a good shooter and all the parts seem to be standard quality bushmaster parts just not to sure about how the carbon reciever will hold up. I guess only time on the range will tell.
  7. Birddog1911

    Birddog1911 Well-Known Member

    FWIW, I haven't seen any Carbon 15 receivers break. Do a lengthy search and see what you come up with. In the mean time, shoot the snot out of it.

    If you're really concerned and determined to replace your BCG, go with Daniel Defense, LMT, or Bravo Company, and get a complete group. I don't see any reason to replace your trigger.
  8. Tmilburn

    Tmilburn member

    Yeah, have seen a few Kaboom threads over on CALGuns but they were from like 03-04 and they may have been from the makers of the Original Carbon15 which I believe was Auto Ordinance. I was looking at a nickle boron bolt but not sure yet. Im nursing an ankle injury so once that is cleared up I plan on puttin many rounds down the pipe.
  9. Dr T

    Dr T Well-Known Member


    If you decide to "rebuild", with this gun you are almost throwing the whole thing away and starting over. By the time you finish, you will have much more money in the gun than an equivalent gun would have cost you in the first place. Remember the old adage that it is difficult to make a silk purse out of a sows ear. If the gun shoots well, ignore the critics. It is always easier for a (would be) pundit to get noticed with a bad review than with a good one. (And negative reviewers tend to copy each other. Then there is always the one that says that the product is the greatest thing ever created.) Another old saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    On the other hand, if you are rebuilding it for recreation, go ahead and have fun. It helps keep the parts makers in business.

  10. Tmilburn

    Tmilburn member

    Yeah, Dr T..... I suppose your right. I just think it would be a good learning expirience as well as I have a slight case of gun ADD an i think if i try to save over the next year or so to buy my ar of choice I will get tired of waiting and ultimately waste the money and still be where i am now. But if i buy a piece at a time as i can afford it then atleast if i get my ADD again then I am left with a pretty nice rifle. Also I may just change the BCG and leave the carbon reciever. After that it is just functional upgrades such as quad rails and the Lucid HD7.
  11. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    Black rifle fever my friend! No matter what you get you will always think about doing something to or for it. Shoot the thing and enjoy!
  12. ForumSurfer

    ForumSurfer Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't even do that unless it fails. I have a bushy bcg and I plan on running it until it breaks. It's not mpi tested and it isn't properly staked. Yet I evidentally don't shoot enough for there to be any issues. If I ever take an AR class with a high round count and decide to use that rifle, I'll likely just buy a bcm bcg and toss it in the range bag for a spare.
  13. Tmilburn

    Tmilburn member

    I bought one when i turned 18 and never got to shoot it before i had to sell it, so I never caught the fever but since I bought this one and have shot it im loving it and definately caught the fever. After hearing from you guys and not having alot of Bushy Bashing on here i may just take my basic rifle and do some upgrading to the optic, add some iron sights and a quad rail and spend the remaining money on large quntitys of ammo and a yearly range pass.
  14. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    Professional Ordnance was the company that originally made the Carbon15.

    Bushmaster has improved the rifle since they bought it (although most of the improvement has been just using better materials and better quality control).

    One of the major improvements Bushmaster made was with the BCG (whereas the PO C15s had bolt problems). I'd keep the stock one until it breaks and then maybe replace it with a "better" one.

    Just shoot the hell out of your Bushie and enjoy it ... don't let some of the gun snobs get you down. They're a great little lightweight carbine.

    99% of people that own ARs never get anywhere near wearing them out (nor shooting them to their full potential) so this one should serve you well for many years.

    IIRC Bushmaster has a lifetime warranty. So I wouldn't worry.
  15. ForumSurfer

    ForumSurfer Well-Known Member

    That's the best modification and most fun to be made on any AR. :)
  16. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    ^^this! :D
  17. DammitBoy

    DammitBoy Well-Known Member

    Love my Carbon15 - ignore the haters and enjoy your rifle.
  18. Tmilburn

    Tmilburn member

    ForumSurfer: I think most ar owners would wholly agree with that statement.

    DammitBoy: How long have you had yours and have you done anything to it or left it all original?
  19. klutchless

    klutchless Well-Known Member

    Had mine for over a year and no real problems except loading remington hp.Fixed it simple enough have close to 1500 rounds through it no issues.It's original except a simmons scope.My advise keep it clean keep it oiled and it should fire as long as you can stand it.
  20. Tmilburn

    Tmilburn member

    What do you use to clean the carbon portions of your rifle?
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011

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