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inexpensive place to buy an ar-15 upper?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mooseman, Nov 21, 2009.

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  1. Mooseman

    Mooseman Member

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    I've had a complete lower kicking around the safe for about a year now. I'd like to buy or build a complete upper without breaking the bank. What's some good routes to take? I understand the del-tons are decent and inexpensive but I'm put off by the long wait times. I've seen some used uppers showing up at gun shows lately for around $400 but I don't know how to tell if it's any good or not.

    Any suggestions appreciated.:)


    ps. I won't be able to make a move on this till next year regardless, the holidays are expensive!
     
  2. HOLY DIVER

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    i've built 3 AR's using del-ton uppers and i think they make great stuff
     
  3. Agent Smith

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    You're in luck.

    Assuming you want a general purpose upper, get this:

    http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-16-Mid-Length-Upper-Receiver-Group-p/bcm-urg-mid-16.htm

    It is a a Tier-1 16" mid length gas system upper. There is nothing better at that price.


    Next, add a complete bolt carrier group (BCG):

    http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-...Auto-M16-p/bcm bolt carrier group auto mp.htm

    Add a charging handle:

    http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/AR15-Charging-Handle-BCM-p/bcm charging handle ar15.htm

    Slap on a pair of handguards:

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=26340/Product/AR_15_HANDGUARDS

    Add your choice of sights. The following are high quality flip down BUIS:

    http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-Folding-Battle-Sight-REAR-p/bcm rear sight troy.htm

    VOILA! You just created an AR upper that is superior to 99% of the other junk there.

    Noveske, Colt and LMT all offer uppers that are of high quality. However, BCM is top notch at an affordable price.
     
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    Look on the equipment exchange on ar15.com.
    I got a slightly used post-ban hbar shorty upper for $150 there last year.
     
  6. BMW2

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    Best prices I could find were here.http://www.rguns.net/ Looks like prices start at $350 for the DPMS Low Pro style and go up from there.
     
  7. halfded

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    +1 on Del-ton. I only had to wait a week for my 16" kit to arrive; that's after changing my order from the 16" lightweight kit as they were out of stock. Everything fit together well and looks nice. First time shooting a rifle of that type and I managed a 4 inch collective group at 50 yards using bottom shelf ammo.

    I'll be ordering from them again soon as possible.
     
  8. Snakum

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    My shooting bud has a DelTon AR and I was rather surprised by the fit and finish and how tight it was. Shot excellent groups with the AimPoint, too. I'm sure the "Tier 1 Mafia" and Colt fanboies will poo-poo the Del. But unless you're running a thousand rounds a day thru it, the DelTon will likely last a lifetime. We've run my bud's DT hard (we set up tactical courses a la TAPS for three-gun practice) and treat it pretty rough on the courses and it has never choked or broken anything off. Runs Wolf ammo flawlessly, too. Just gotta keep it clean.
     
  9. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    DSA upper for $275----add your own bolt/carrier for another $130 or so.
     
  10. kwelz

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    Weren't those DSA uppers misdrilled?
     
  11. david_the_greek

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    my DSA upper looks pretty damn good
     
  12. Z-Michigan

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    I recently got a DSA M4 type upper and a Del-Ton midlength 16" upper.

    DSA: Seems very well made. Like the nitride finish. Have not detected any problems of any kind. Nice solid feel.

    Del-Ton: Ditto, except it's parkerized outside and chrome lined (optional) inside. The fit and finish on my Del-Ton upper is among the best I've ever seen on ANY brand of AR15, and is better than on my Armalite, CMMG, and Bushmaster uppers. I got an A2 setup (iron sights) and found that (1) it was sighted in out of the box, and (2) initial groups are quite small by my standards (shooter is the limit more than the gun, the way I was shooting it).

    I would cheerfully recommend either of those.

    Have not heard this. Any source? I have maybe 50 rounds through my DSA upper with zero problems of any kind.
     
  13. kwelz

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    Sorry, my reply wasn't very clear. I am dealing with crap right now and don't have a clear head.

    There were a series of uppers that had misdrilled gas ports being sold at that price. The holes were made at he wrong distance from the chamber. As far as I heard this did not cause any function issues but can cause problems with handguards, etc. I just thought these were the same uppers.
     
  14. Z-Michigan

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    Thanks, now I'm going to have to pop off the handguards and take a look. I had not read anything like that before buying, and I think I read the entire relevant thread on AR15.com.
     
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    It probably is. As I said, I am not of my normal mind this week LOL. I know for a fact I read about those uppers but I don't know 100% that they are DSA.
     
  17. Quentin

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    ArmaLite had a Thanksgiving sale on a few uppers. Don't know if it's still good but the U15A4CB 16" midlength upper, complete and test fired, was selling for $400. I have that upper and love it.
     
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    If you want a good upper that's gonna come from a manufacturer that will stand behind their product, get a Spike's. Aimsurplus, the last I checked, has some good deals on these upper.
     
  20. stchman

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    To AgentSmith

    16" Mid Length Upper Receiver group - $385
    Bolt Carrier Group - $140
    Charging Handle - $23
    Handguards - $45
    Folding rear sight - $120

    Grand total - $713 no shipping for just the upper. That's not very inexpensive.
     
  21. HGUNHNTR

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    ^ Thats a matter of opinion.

    AIM surplus shoulf have their Spikes Complete uppers back in stock soon for $479 Shipped. Thats tough to beat.
     
  22. Gord

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    No, it's really not. You can find $700 uppers all over the place. Obviously if the OP is specifically asking after an inexpensive upper he's looking for exactly that. The BCM may be a fantastic setup for the price, but we both know that isn't how the OP intended to frame the question.
     
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    Yes they are very tough to beat. I was going to recommend the same thing.
     
  24. HGUNHNTR

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    You can do the BCM for sub $550 thats pretty inexpensive. You don't need a $120 rear sight, magpul forends can be had for $25 not 45, and cheap charging handles are $12 not $25.
     
  25. veritas111

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    Quality Uppers

    Price is important but so is quality. I'm not trying put down any manufacturers but they are not all the same.

    Really good MILSPEC uppers have:
    1.5150 steel barrels(some have barrels made of the softer 4150 steel)
    2.Full chrome lining of barrels and chambers
    3.True 5.56 size chamber that can shoot military 5.56 and civilian .223(yest you can shoot .223 in a 5.56 chamber because it's almost the same but it's not the same)
    Some manufactures have consistently better accuracy than others.
    4. Bolt carrier groups are a whole other discussion and not they are not all the same either, some are staked better than others(but at leas you can fix that)

    I stick primarily with Lewis Machine Tool(LMT), or Colt, although I think some Bravo products pretty good. In addition, I've asked some Ranger friend what gun they are issued and while they say most are Colts they also said many of their M4s say Lewis Machine Tool(LMT) on them. Also the fit of the LMT uppers seems to be consistently tighter than even the Colts.

    Rock Rive seems to be pretty good also but not all of their upper have chrome lining, you have to ask for that.

    I have had quality issues with CMMG(pin holes drilled improperly causing upper and lower not to fit.
     
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