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chosing a new AR15

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Green Dragoon, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Green Dragoon

    Green Dragoon

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    Several of you were very helpful in my thread yesterday, concerning if I needed a left-handed action.

    So, I've decided I don't.

    Next step- my local dealer has a Colt H-Bar 16" barrel. Target shooting is going to be my main thing. Should I go down for it or should I go with the S&W and save some serious coin.....and upgrade things later.

    Is the inate quality of the Colt that much better?

    Thanks once again for all your guidance.
     
  2. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    Plenty of companies make ARs of equal quality to a Colt, and sometimes even better. Some of those companies make 'em cheaper than Colt does - sometimes significantly so.

    As for target shooting, are you looking for just plinking/range fun? Long distance target shooting? NRA high power type shooting? The more we know about what you want out of the rifle (ie: 1MOA groups at 300 yards vs minute of can at 50), the more people here will be able to give you suggestions on what to look for.
     


  3. Green Dragoon

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    Hello WP..thanks for the response. At this point, it would be for casual, long-range shooting.....200 meters and out. I do like the notion though of having a rifle in my collection for defensive purposes. This would be my only rifle BTW....I'm mostly a pistol shooter.
     
  4. Green Dragoon

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  5. WoodenPlank

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    That link appears to be a complete Noveske rifle for about $500 off MSRP. It's still a chrome-lined bore, though.

    A typical M16 profile AR with a decent quality barrel should be shooting 1-2 MOA at 200 meters, assuming you are able to do so, and you use decent ammo. The farther you want to reach, the more you'll need to spend on a quality barrel and quality ammo. I would start by looking at both Palmetto State Armory and Bravo Company, and buy a 18-20" upper that comes with a free-float rail of your choice already installed. Add an optic of your choice, get a complete lower or kit (and build your own), invest in some decent ammo (or dies and components if you are already set up for reloading), and get shooting.
     
  6. Patrick R

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    For use at 200 meters + :

    Rock River National Match 20" barrel with flat top upper for a scope.
     
  7. TunaFisherman

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  8. Green Dragoon

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    great insight....thanks for the advise
     
  9. Green Dragoon

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    thanks TF. Yes...I've been following some of the PSA threads. They seem like a great bang for the buck.
     
  10. Green Dragoon

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    thanks all. You are all gentlemen taking the time to give your input and share your knowledge. In a few days, I should be able to post with my end-result.

    Thanks again.
    GD
     
  11. boomhower

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    For target shooting I'd look into a varmit style gun. Going to be better for your needs than a 16" tactical style gun. PSA has some nice prices on 20" SS uppers. Lowers are cheap and can be had numerous places including PSA.
     
  12. DieselNut

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    Don't forget spike's either. Aim Surplus usually carries some sweet deals so you might wanna check them out.