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Forged or Billet?!

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by xdime, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. xdime

    xdime Drunken Sailor

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    I am looking to build my first AR. I have been doing a lot of looking around so I get the right functionality and looks. I have seen a lot of billet builds and I love the way they look. But I keep seeing people bashing them and say forged is the way to go. So school me on the pros and con's....I am looking at either a Quentin Defense and Sun Devil. I am looking at a billet lower and upper.
     
  2. boomhower

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    I say forged. Billet is only good for looks. Forged is cheaper and in general stronger. That said, a sun devil lower is quality and will serve you fine. If I ever do a forged build it will be larue.
     


  3. RMTactical

    RMTactical www.AR15pro.net CLM

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    If you buy from a reputable manufacturer, I doubt you will have a complaint either way...
     
  4. cooden

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    You want quality? Look at Mega Arms. They make some stuff for Rainier as well. I just built a billet Mega lower with the Mega monolithic upper. This is probably the tightest rifle I have owned. I would have no problem putting this up against anything else as far as strength is concerned.
     
  5. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    I'm of the 'lower doesn't matter as long as it's in spec" camp.

    The upper matters, because it's attached to the barrel by way of the barrel extension. Those three parts essentially determine all of the rifle's accuracy limit.
     
  6. what's the difference between the two, you guys? all these AR options are blowing my mind :wow: lol
     
  7. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Billet is machined from a solid piece of metal. Forged is a block of metal formed into the desired shape by a press using very high pressure dies. Cast is metal poured into a mold.
     
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  8. ok, that's what i was thinking. it's just like small parts for 1911's.

    wow, a billet AR's got to be seriously expensive :wow:
     
  9. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Let's just say it adds a bit to the overall cost of ownership.:supergrin:
     

  10. maybe that explains the price of the wilson combat AR i looked at the other day....$4,200 :wow:

    or maybe it wasn't billet and it was only the name that costs so much lol
     
  11. uplinker

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    I have both but the billet has eye appeal.
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  12. UrbanOps

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    You should take a look at Black Rain as well.
     
  13. what brand is your receiver set?
     
  14. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

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    AR15ChatterBox marked by Quentin Defense




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  15. Gribble

    Gribble R. Shackleford

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    +1 :supergrin:

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  16. boomhower

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    Their charging about $2500 for the name. You can get a damned good Larue Predatar with billet for $1500. IMHO it's the best overall deal in AR's going right now. Stripped lowers can be had from the like of Sun Devil for $170 or $320 for an upper/lower set.
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011
  17. xdime

    xdime Drunken Sailor

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    How many rounds do you have through your Quentin set? Any problems?
     
  18. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

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    How many? I don't really keep a count, 2 range trips, maybe 500 rounds each time give or take. If it was my only rifle, the round count would be higher. :supergrin:


    No problems with the receivers, QD makes great stuff.


    [​IMG]
     
  19. Gribble

    Gribble R. Shackleford

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    Round count tends to stay a tad low when you have a dozen or so Ar's to shoot..........:rofl:

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