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Any complete uppers worth considering?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by The Exile, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. The Exile

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    I'm thinking about getting the Aero M4E1 Upper, it seems like a pretty neat setup at a price in my budget but I don't want to just get excited about the first possible candidate and get tunnel vision. Anything else in that general price frame I should check out too?
     
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    Does it come with the bcg and charging handle?. You have a link. Bca and psa make nice uppers for cheap, the aero are nice to.
     
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    No BCG or charging handle, I'm fine with that though. There is a complete rifle version that I might get too, pretty much just want to see what the price would be between buying all the parts and buying the complete rifle then having to swap out the stock and grip.

    https://www.aeroprecisionusa.com/m4e1-556-16-mid-complete-upper
     
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    https://www.bearcreekarsenal.com/upper-assemblies


    https://palmettostatearmory.com/ar-15/barreled-upper-assemblies.html


    Here are some others you can look at to, but get what you like
     
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  5. ZGunner

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    Wow, how do the Bear Creek uppers shoot at that price. That is way cheaper than what I’ve been looking at.
     
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    I purchased the short barrel version for a pistol build for ~$330 (no CH/BCG) and assembled the stripped Aero lower. $80 ToolCraft NiB BCG, $30 Strike Industries CH, $40 KVP linear comp for a total of $480 into the upper.

    The uppermost pictured rifle has an assembled upper that began with a Ballistic Advantage mid-gas nitride pencil barrel, BA gas block, and BA nitrided gas tube at $150 total, Phase 5 15” M-LOK rail for $95, $55 Aero stripped upper, $15 Aero upper kit, $75 ToolCraft nitride BCG, $45 Fortis Hammer CH, and $40 KVP linear comp for a grand total of $475.

    Very close to even money spent on the uppers but considering the longer 15” rail, nicer CH, nitride barrel in a profile I got to choose I’d say it was the far better “value” of the two. Nothing at all wrong with the complete Aero, it’s been great, but I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of choosing exactly what I wanted as other members had long encouraged.

    I’ve also purchased two full uppers from PSA, both 18” SS rifle length with NiB BCGs and standard CH for $280 and $430 that work well. Whatever you choose, now is a phenomenal time to be shopping for value priced ARs like these.


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    I had a hole in my AR collection that needed to be filled with a scoped long(ish) range gun. I had the lower sitting around that I used for stock service rifle competitions but I sold the upper last year. I picked up this little gem from PSA and it arrived yesterday. Since I had a couple hundred $ in credit card reward points, it was extremely inexpensive.

    https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa...er-with-mbus-sight-set-bcg-ch-5165448415.html


    It is amazing to me what you can buy for so little money.
     
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    They shoot good, they warranty it will shoot moa with good ammo. There 20'' ss 6.5 grendel side charger is on my short list,
     
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    I'm considering a 24" Side charger myself....The BCAs usually shoot pretty well and function fine. they are also usually rougher than the other "nicer" uppers.
    Still tho, I really LIKE right side reciprocating so the BCAs are mostly what I'll use now.
     
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    Ya 24 would be nice, I'm still thinking what length I would get.
     
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    those side charger bear creeks have internal milling marks on them like a ruger american receiver. They function, but they're noisy. also, they're billet, so they're heavy, and if your handguard has anti-rotation tabs you're going to have to do some fitting. But as a lefty I love them. I just wish they were using a forged upper rather than a billet one.
     
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