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Which AR15 to get on a $600 budget?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by buenhec, Nov 5, 2007.

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  1. buenhec

    buenhec Member

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    I really dont want to spend too much on an AR since I dont know how much I would be using it and the ammo is pretty expensive. Im more of a handgun type of guy. I saw the Olympic Arms Plinker plus is around $600, also I have seen an Eagle Arms (used) for $600 as well.

    What do you recommend at this price range? Should I buy used instead, or build it myself? It will basically be used for plinking around and some longe range target. Also what about an AR in 7.62? I have a few thousand rounds in 7.62.

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  2. Hoppy590

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    build it will be cheaper.
    do a search, some one asked almost this same question a few days ago and a link was posted to a "bargain bin" sale on hole rifles for 600
     
  3. otomik

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    yes
    http://www.del-ton.com/AR_15_Rifle_Kits_16_s/57.htm

    465 for kit
    110 or so for the lower

    another option is a low cost lightweight build using a cavalry arms lower
    125 lower
    65 parts kit
    395 lightweight upper

    but really i think you should just get a stripped lower, do your research and gradually build exactly what you want.
     
  4. ImARugerFan

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    A quick newbie question about these kits. I see it says "Rifle kit does not include stripped lower ". What exactly does this mean? Is there something in addition to these that you need to buy to get going? Also, is there any good info out there on the legality of these guns? I live in NY state. Thanks, and I apologize if these are topics covered elsewhere in the forum.
     
  5. otomik

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    you need to go and buy the stripped lower from a FFL holder because thats the part that is considered by law to be the actual gun. the rest you can have sent right to your door.
     
  6. RockyMtnTactical

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    Spend a little more ($200 or so) and get something nice and reliable.
     
  7. Will Learn

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    $600? Buy an AK.


    Not being a smartass. I'm a big fan of the AR-15 on here, but if I had only $600 - it would be the AK for me.
     
  9. rich0372

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    You could buy used....

    I bought a Bushmaster AR 15 used but in like new condition for $800.
     
  10. greyling22

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    800 is not 600. though I have been looking at this thread for the exact reasons buenhc described. I got a buddy who's willing to "get rid of" his bushy carbon 15 m4. Don't know what it's worth, but I might try and pick it up for 600. or see what else is available for the same price. so links to cheap rifles are always good.
     
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    I was directed to jtdistributing. Their kits include everything but the stripped lower, Stag Arms was recommended to me for that piece. The kit I wanted cost about $530 shipped plus $100 for the Stag Arms lower through aimsurplus.com (they are local).

    FWIW/Disclaimer: this is all second hand but from THR guys so I take it pretty seriously. Whatever you get let us know and enjoy!
     
  12. Frog48

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    The Olympic Plinker Plus is a decent gun. Its cheap because its not very fancy, but its functional. I've been thinking of getting one, since I already have a Bushmaster.
     
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    If it's your first AR, I wouldn't recommend building one. Buy one already assembled and get to know it before your build one yourself.

    If you must spend $600, your best bet might be checking out the Bargain Bin on CMMG's website.
     
  14. Taurus44

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    CMMG $550 AR15 Sale

    I am not affiliated with CMMG in any way, but that is about as cheap as it gets for decent ARs. ;)
     
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    wow too bad you don't live in CT, a few months back and i believe they still have , in a store call Hoffmans, they were selling DPMS ar-15 for a bit less than $600. !!!
     
  16. buenhec

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    I saw a used Bushmaster 20" with a fixed stock and removable handle for $700 plus tax. No flash hidder or bayo. Is this a good deal?
     
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    Are they all forged?

    Are there any manufacturer's to stay away from?
     
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    You want an Arsenal AK in .223, it's going to shoot better than a $600 AR.
     
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    From what I've learned reading threads at M4carbine.net, a $600 AR15 is going to be garbage.

    But if it's only for plinking, I guess you're fine.

    I'm kind of debating whether I should just get a Bushmaster and upgrade certain parts over time or to just get a decent quality lower at a gun show and get a high quality complete upper on the net.
     
  20. Jackal

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    For $600, grab yourself a Daewoo .223 carbine. Uses AR mags, has AR accuracy and an AK gas system. Sounds like a winner to me.
     
  21. Taurus44

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    Of the manufacturers listed (CMMG, DPMS and DoubleStar), all use forged lowers and all will be a nice entry level AR. If I didn't have a few (too many) ARs already, I doubt I could resist one of those, especially at that price. ;)
     
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    do those bargain bin guns come with mags?
     
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    The Olympic AR is a nice little rifle. Just took mine out to play this afternoon, and took my youngest son (19) who's not shot it before. You should have SEEN the grin on his face when he consistently got them in the bullseye at 50 yards. He had a grand time.

    It doesn't have the chromed barrel. It doesn't have the Colt or Bushmaster name. But it puts .223 rounds where I want them every time.

    Springmom
     
  24. buenhec

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    So what is a better deal?" The bargin bin or the Oly Plinker. They are both $550. Also what is the diff between the M4 and the HBAR configurations?
     
  25. RockyMtnTactical

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    M4 profile is typically lighter under the handguards and also has the notch in the barrel for mounting the M203 grenade launcher. It's mostly cosmetic for a civilian who won't be mounting a grenade launcher, but I also think it is a good compromise between the HBAR and the superlight. Generally 14.5"-16" in length.

    Here is a picture of an M4 barrel.

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    The HBAR stands for Heavy Barrel. It is exactly that, and I do not recommend it. They are heavy and cumbersome and offer very little in terms of practical use. If you feel the difference you will see what I mean. HBAR's come in all lengths, generally 16" and 20".

    Here is a picture of an HBAR.

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    Superlight is the skinny barrel. Very light.

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    Bushmaster has a really good page showing the different barrel styles. There are more out there than this, but this covers the majority of the barrels out there.

    http://www.bushmaster.com/catalog_parts_barrels.asp#ABBL14M4A
     
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