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Cheapest AR-15

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Savage Shooter, Mar 8, 2008.

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  1. Savage Shooter

    Savage Shooter Member

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    Whats the cheapest ar-15 .223 intersted in getting one thought i'd start pricing them. can be any make
     
  2. Sagetown

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    Hey savage Shooter: The way prices are changing it's hard to tell, but here is an old count I'd gotten on them. Olympic $750 ~ DPMS $825 ~ Rock River $850 ~ Stag Model 1 $850 ~ Bushmaster $900 ~ S&W $900 ~ Armalite $950. Five more brands I found ranged from $1100 up to $1400. :)

    Sagetown
     
  3. fletcher

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    I got a DPMS through Del-Ton for $650ish new.
     
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    I second what Hoppy said. Nothing but raves.
     
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    Big +1 for the cmmg deal.
     
  7. ckay

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    If you thought you'd start pricing them, did you mean have us price them out for you?
     
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    ckay yes since I know very little about them and knowone I know has one so thought I'd ask you guys to get a good idea at the price range Id be getting into.
     
  10. Savage Shooter

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    fletcher whats Del-ton
     
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    looked at there website and found this sweet looking DPMS 16" Lo-Pro Classic Bull Barreled Panther Rifle it looks good has anyone bought a gun from them or have any experience with this gun?
     
  13. JWarren

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    I've bought from them. No complaints.

    And they are familar with the fact that THR is watching them and talking.

    -- John
     
  14. ckay

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    Don't buy DPMS.

    How much do you want to spend?

    What are you using this rifle as?

    Carbine/mid/rifle length?

    For the most part, a Rock River, or Stag is a nice entry level rifle. I wouldn't go any cheaper...ie. Oly, DPMS, etc.
     
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    If you are diligent and watch the various boards equipment exchanges (especially Ar15.com) then you can piece one together very cheap. I have an A1 build that I have $450 in all together.

    But it takes patience and a watchful eye to get the good deals over there. It took me over one year to get it all together for that price.
     
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    What is exactly wrong with DPMS these days? From what I've read, they had a few issues several years ago, but have been great since. I'd love to hear if you have anything to share.

    I know a lot of happy LR-308 owners out there (me included).


    -- John
     
  17. Bailey Guns

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    I've been shooting DPMS rifles of all types since the early 90s. Never an issue with any of them.
     
  18. NC-Mike

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    Since when is Rock River or Stag Arms "entry level" rifles???

    Anyways, the cheapest AR might be the Olympic Plinker Plus. These are all forged receiver rifles.

    Check out the Olympic forum. The folks that have them seem to like them. People who don't have them, say they are junk... You know the drill.

    I used to have one of the older cast Plinkers I bought for 500. It looked unfired when I bought it. It was probably one of the most accurate AR's I ever shot and never coughed once. I put about 1000 rounds through it and sold it. I never warmed up to the idea of the cast receiver but it was a good rifle.

    Would I recommend a Olympic Plinker? No. I don't own one so I can't speak with knowledge but I believe they are the least expensive AR style rifle you could buy that's new in the box.
     
  19. Bailey Guns

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    Personally, for the guy that just wants an AR style rifle for a little shooting fun, what's wrong with the Oly Plinker Plus for $600 new with hard case, 30 round mag that includes a MagPul follower and a sling? Show me a better deal for recreational rifle with lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
     
  20. Savage Shooter

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    ckay my price range is pretty low as I only get partime jobs in the summer its

    about 750-800 max

    Would be used for coyote hunting/target use

    wanting a shorter barrel preferably 16'' as thats the shortest lenght illinois will allow for a rifle.

    I've never came across anything bad about dpms though they looked pretty well built

    wanting a .223 maybe a .243:rolleyes: to handel the wind better most likly the .223 due to ammo prices.
     
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    If you want a cheap AR take hoppy590 advice. Those AR's are a steal. If you want a GREAT AR for the bucks check them out. If those are not what your looking for then let us know. They are well bellow your price range and will allow a good piece of glass to go on top to be at 800.
     
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    I would be willing to put a good amount of money on my DPMS Low Pro Classic against any other $600 AR for accuracy and reliability. The gun is front heavy due to the .970 barrel. That is the only thing I can say bad about it. With a $45 Hogue free float kit (grip and handguard) the gun is a tack driver, has never, I repeat, NEVER, failed to function in over 3000 rounds. If you like the DPMS and it fits your budget, buy it and if it has a problem send it back.
     
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    I just built a flat-top A2 on a Vulcan forged lower with a 20" upper for $503. That included tax, shipping and transfer fee. My buddy put about 200 rounds through it last weekend, and it shoots like an EBR costing twice as much. PM me if you want all of the info. I'll see if I can find it. It is a great deal if you're not afraid of a ziplock bag full of springs and pins that look nearly identical and may or may not function properly in the holes that you placed them.:rolleyes:
     
  24. ckay

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    DPMS will go bang and do so reliably. When you start pushing them harder is when malfunctions will occur. One gripe people voice is the chambering, which is marked 5.56 won't fit a 5.56.

    wcwhitey? Over what period of time did you shoot those 3000 rounds? That's the difference. I'll burn 1,500rds at a course and see BCGs come out of DPMS guns with cracked pin holes.

    Savage...a firearm is a tool. Would you buy a ratchet set from Northern or would you spend a few more bucks and go with Snap-On? Sure, for the person who turns a few nuts and bolts a year, a Northern set may last a few years before the ratchet action works itself loose but for somebody who wants to rely on their ratchets...well, the choice is obvious.

    John, I've heard many happy LR-308 owners too as well as .223 platform owners. Guess it all boils down to how hard you push these rifles...and in most cases, they are safe queens.
     
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    ckay,

    thanks for answering. As time permits, I'll see how that goes. As mentioned, I have a LR-308, but I also have a DPMS kit coming in to build on a DPMS lower.


    -- John
     
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