I hit stuff with my AK.There is no "best." No one can tell you what is best unless he has shot multiple examples of each. People will say theirs is best to justify what they bought. There is so much competition in the AR world that you pretty much get what you pay for.
A low end rifle will go bang. A better rifle will have a good trigger and a good barrel, and may be more accurate and reliable.
I have owned two. The first was a Colt Match HBAR and it was a piece of crap. I long ago lost all patience with inaccurate rifles, and this was one. A state-champion shooter in my club suggested I buy a Rock River. After shooting his, I did, and I love it. I do well in matches with it.
While I was in the military, I shot a lot of M16s. Most were Colts. Some were accurate, some were not, and you could not tell which was which by looking at them.
Go for a good barrel and a good trigger, and the rest of the rifle will not disappoint you. Buy what the winners use. If you can't afford the best, save your pennies until you can. That will be more satisfying in the long run.
If all you want to do is make noise, buy an AK. Just don't expect to hit anything.
I own 2 cmmg and there good for the money much better then Olympic but i like those ok 2CMMG bargin bin rifles are the way to go!
I believe my AES-10 to be one... Once I get it modded-out, I'll get more pics up and test it @ 100 yds.Every bullet hits something. You need 1 MOA or close to it to win matches. My only criterion for a rifle is accuracy.
I suppose you could build a 1 MOA AK. I've never seen one.
I guess at that point, you have to ask what kind of duty it would be doing. The OP never said what that was...What is the value of cheap misses?
The question was, "What do you all think is the best AR for the price?" The question was not, "What is the absolutely cheapest AR I can find?"
I assumed the questioner wanted some level of performance, not just something that goes bang. I could be wrong.