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which lower ?

  • Bushmaster (even though I already have one)

    Votes: 10 43.5%
  • Colt

    Votes: 8 34.8%
  • Armalite

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • Olympic Arms forged

    Votes: 4 17.4%
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I'm going to buy a new lower for my next AR-15..just don't know which one..I also wanted to include Armalite but I do not believe they complete lowers by themselves
 
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btw I only considered forged lower receivers...I was tempted to include RRA but I don't know where they are made :assult:
 

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Eagle Arms, a division of Armalite, does sell lower receivers. I got mine at a sweet price that has yet to be seen again. Fees and all, it came out in the $90s.
 
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I'm not on a budget BRG3..I was aware of the Eagle Arms but was not interested because I don't think their lowers are forged
 

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I'm pretty sure they are. There seems to be a distinctly rough finish on cast lowers, at least Olympics, and this certainly isn't it. My lower has held up just fine. And while there's the occasional difficulty with an RRA or Olympic forged lower, Eagles have an excellent track record.

Colt of course is off spec, so I'd avoid that one. Only other I'd suggest from your selection is the Bushy.
 
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I actually voted for the Colt because of "Perceived Value" it has the same cachet as the Harley Davidson :usa: why do you say it's out of spec ?
 
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from Armalite's website !

1. Beginning immediately, ArmaLite® 2003 rifles (with a pinned muzzle brake, or none installed) ship with a certificate that will provide customers a pin-on flash suppressor and installation instructions at no charge. Unless earlier legislation makes it illegal for customers to install the device, flash suppressors will ship in summer 2004 to allow time to get the rifle modified even if there’s an opportunity of only a few days.

Until the law changes, the flash suppressor will provide a reminder to every customer that it is essential to get out the vote in 2004.

2. For customers who wish to go an extra step and install a bayonet lug, ArmaLite® will continue to sell pin-on sight bases with bayonet lugs, and will provide installation instructions for gunsmiths. All ArmaLite® clamping front sight bases are easily removable, with no pin-holes in the barrel, so pin-on bases can be easily installed.

3. For customers who wish to be able to convert their rifle to a “Pre-Banâ€￾ configuration immediately upon expiration, ArmaLite® will produce and sell AR-10â„¢ collapsing buttstocks (the AR-10â„¢ requires a special collapsing buttstock). It is likely that prompt installation of such a buttstock will allow customers to make other changes at a more leisurely pace.

Installation of options 2 and 3 both are already available for law enforcement customers (with proper rifle markings). Civil customers must await a change in the law, and flash suppressors, bayonet lugs, and collapsing stocks will all be accompanied by clear information about the law to prevent a violation.

4. Pre-2003 rifles with pinned front sight bases or threaded-pinned-welded brakes, or customers who wish threaded brakes on 2003 models instead of pinned ones, require gunsmith or factory replacement of those parts. ArmaLite® offers the components for sale, and will perform conversions at normal shop charges.

http://www.armalite.com/library/postpostban.htm
 
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Logansdad said:
1. Beginning immediately, ArmaLite® 2003 rifles (with a pinned muzzle brake, or none installed) ship with a certificate that will provide customers a pin-on flash suppressor and installation instructions at no charge. Unless earlier legislation makes it illegal for customers to install the device, flash suppressors will ship in summer 2004 to allow time to get the rifle modified even if there’s an opportunity of only a few days.

Until the law changes, the flash suppressor will provide a reminder to every customer that it is essential to get out the vote in 2004.

2. For customers who wish to go an extra step and install a bayonet lug, ArmaLite® will continue to sell pin-on sight bases with bayonet lugs, and will provide installation instructions for gunsmiths. All ArmaLite® clamping front sight bases are easily removable, with no pin-holes in the barrel, so pin-on bases can be easily installed.

3. For customers who wish to be able to convert their rifle to a “Pre-Banâ€￾ configuration immediately upon expiration, ArmaLite® will produce and sell AR-10â„¢ collapsing buttstocks (the AR-10â„¢ requires a special collapsing buttstock). It is likely that prompt installation of such a buttstock will allow customers to make other changes at a more leisurely pace.

Installation of options 2 and 3 both are already available for law enforcement customers (with proper rifle markings). Civil customers must await a change in the law, and flash suppressors, bayonet lugs, and collapsing stocks will all be accompanied by clear information about the law to prevent a violation.

4. Pre-2003 rifles with pinned front sight bases or threaded-pinned-welded brakes, or customers who wish threaded brakes on 2003 models instead of pinned ones, require gunsmith or factory replacement of those parts. ArmaLite® offers the components for sale, and will perform conversions at normal shop charges.

http://www.armalite.com/library/postpostban.htm
because of their stance on the AWB of 94..I am seriously considering the Armalite (It will be exensive but I believe it will be worth it) :assult:
 

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I'd like to get an AR-10 some day and even though Bush and DPMS have their own versions, I think mine will be an Armalite A2 config.
 

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I have built guns out of several different lowers. Although, I find all of the ones mentioned to be of good quality, I find the Bushmaster to be my favorite. I rule out Colt altogether, because of the company"s policy. They chose to be the forerunner in the stupid "assault weapon" lingo. Also, I have found them to be overpriced, only supporting their name instead of better quality. As for resale, none of the guns will hold resale value they are not built as complete guns by the manufacturer. Although, just as good of guns or better, "Kit guns" with mismatch upper/lowers regardless of configuration are the lesser of the demanded guns for collecting or resale.
 

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What about DPMS -


I have a DPMS Lower with the ASA A2 kit 24" Bull .223 and an off brand High rise Flattop with Oly Arms 6x45 20" free floated -- either are good choice and cost less than a built up one.
 
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What about DPMS - I have a DPMS Lower with the ASA A2 kit 24" Bull .223 and an off brand High rise Flattop with Oly Arms 6x45 20" free floated -- either are good choice and cost less than a built up one.
sounds like a nice rifle Shaun..I like the 16 inch barrels because I'm nearsighted..the extra barrel length would be a waste with me :insane:
 
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I priced the Armalite today..$1000 is alot of money for just one rifle..Bushmaster is around $800 :assult:
 

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Are You Sure?

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The take down pin on my Colt are 0.25" dia, I believe that's the standard.

I'll check with my buddys Busshy to see if there are any diferences internally, I was under the impresion that as long as it's a mill specs receiver, the parts shouyld match perfectly!!

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