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Cheapest AR vs Expensive AR

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by sweetbeard, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    My current plan is to build the cheapest AR possible, lower from here, Cheapest full kit from del-ton.

    So my question is what will I be sacrificing if I don't spend an extra $1,000 on it.

    I am shooting for around military grade M16 accuracy!

    THX

    -Jon
     
  2. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Extra 1,000??? What are you expecting the cost to be for the build you're doing now?
     
  3. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    $600-650 $1,600 for some other AR's
     
  4. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    If you want a $600 AR, get the oly plinker. They may not be the greatest, but you dont have to worry about building. Well unless your build just consists of buying a complete lower and upper.
     
  5. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    And its nice to see that you too are falling to the dark side.
     
  6. fromotoc

    fromotoc Downtown Portland, OR Member

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    Well, I am not an AR bank of wisdom, but I would say that it all depends on your intended uses. I don't think you are planning on shooting it a ton (I could be wrong on that), maybe it is just for zombies, future resale value and plinking? I would say it would work for the above mentioned uses. I have owned about 4 different AR's (bushy, 2 oly's and 1 PWA build) and there is a difference in fit/finish in the bushy/pwa versus the olympic arms, but the oly's worked fine, even with the wolf. I think that if you spent $150-200 more than your price, you could get a much better one than a $600 one (I have seen RRA's, bushy's, etc..) in the $7-800 price range. There is a guy on gunbroker who sells stag arms completes for $675 shipped (I think that is the shipped price), handled one of those and they felt pretty nice.
     
  7. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    I would but here is where I am at.. Given the fact that I have a 1 year old... I only have so much to spend on firearms each month.

    So plan is, buy a lower... buy the parts for a lower... buy upper.. in that order...

    Buy mags mags mags....
     
  8. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    You don't nearly need to spend 1,600 for a good quality AR, factory built or not.
    I would never pay that much for one either........

    Just pay attention to details, and you should get a quality build for around 800+ or so......
     
  9. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Can you afford a complete LMT lower for $325 before the 4th? If so, I'd go that route.
     
  10. smonkbmw

    smonkbmw Vancouver WA Member

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    or pony up $1000 and you can have mine all stock.
     
  11. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    ARs are pretty reliable. You can build one for $600 that you can bet your life on. It will take a while to find the deals on the parts.
     
  12. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    I've built 3 kits from Del-ton in the past, good quality stuff, and EXCELLENT customer service.

    Their basic kits are very reasonably priced and all you have to do is add a stripped lower.

    You also have the option of upgrading the kits, so you can add a chrome-lined bbl, different upper, different stock ect.

    I would highly recommend them. And putting an AR together isn't any harder than playing with legos.