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Rock River Arms LAR-8?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by thewhitebuffalo83, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. thewhitebuffalo83

    thewhitebuffalo83 Gresham/Boring Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have any experience with the RRA LAR-8. I am considering jumping on the 308 bandwagon and giving it a try as I can't find what I am looking for in my preferred caliber. I found a used LAR-8 and I like how it felt and looked but I was having a difficult time finding good reviews on them. Can anyone out there who has used them let me know how that are or maybe point me in the direction of some good reviews to help me make a more informed decision.

    Thanks for any help you guys can give me.
     
  2. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    The RRA gets good owner reviews at arfcom.

    Does this RRA use FAL mags? Most have gone with the SR-25 magazine style, mostly because of the popularity of Pmags.

    I'm not sold on the long term reliability of a plastic mag in .308/7.62. I'll keep my modified M14 mags, FAL mags should be as robust and reliable.
     
  3. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Budget? The RRA seems to get mixed reviews, at least early on. It's not a "standard" platform so you may run into issues getting certain things to work. You also may want to do some research into WHY Bushmaster (was Bushy wasn't it?) dropped this design. During the release of the rifle it was a big topic/concern and also caused hold ups on initial delivery
     
  4. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Love mine. It uses FAL mags. Fit & finish are great. I got the 16" midlength and wasn't that happy with the groups it was getting (about 1.5 MOA at 100 yds, even though that's what RRA guarantees), but after a few hundred rounds it improved. I figured why not try that Tubbs fire lapping system and now it's sub MOA (usually around .75, sometimes at .5 with handloads).
    There aren't really any .308 AR designs that are "standard" as there is no standard, so you can't mix n match parts like you can with an AR-15.
     
  5. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    So using the SR25 platform base for parts and mags isn't a standard used by a large handful of manufacturers, with more and more going to it?
     
  6. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Not like the AR-15 platform with all of the manufacturers building to the same TDP. It would be nice if there was a standard instead of so many different parts, magazines, etc. Hopefully some day there will be.

    There is a thread on arfcom that goes over some of the commonalities and differences. It's old but includes most of the larger manufactuers. .308 AR FAQ? Your help & knowledge is requested! - AR15.Com Mobile
     
  7. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    AR15 manufacturers SHOULD all do to TDP spec correct.
    Yes there is no TDP for AR10/sr25 but there are two "standards", and one of those has made changes to be compatable with the other.
     
  8. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well that's good. I have been wondering if the incompatibility is something that's been holding that platform back, but maybe that's going away.
     
  9. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    I love my two ar-15 RRA 5.56 guns. Nice two stage triggers. I allso have two .308 FN FAL rifles. So I have a lot of FAL mags.
    The thing that I don't like about the RRA .308 gun is the fal mag. The FAL upper has the feed lips machined into the receiver. The mag has curved metal lips to retain the ammo in the mag. But not to feed. Next time you are holding an fal, open it up and remove the bolt and dust cover. You will see the receiver feed lips are part of the gun.
    Now I'm not saying it won't work. I am saying the mag was not made to work in the AR-308 guns. Just the FAL.
    I don't think many know of this befor they buy the RRA.
     
  10. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    The SR-25 magazine has become the defacto standard with the majority of manufacturers using it, but there may be other parts that may be slightly different between manufacturers.
     
  11. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have a half dozen FAL mags for my lar-8 and all feed flawlessly except for one which has bent feed lips.