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Trade Bushmaster AR for Ruger SR-556

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Bilbo Bagins, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    I had this weird idea in my head. Maybe I want to get rid of my perfectly good DI Bushmaster AR and get a piston Ruger SR-556.

    Is the Ruger SR-556 worth the switch?
  2. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

    Nov 17, 2006
    God's Country (Texas)
    Different beasts. Keep your BM that you know to be great, and save up for the Ruger. It is a heavy gun.

  3. thisaway

    thisaway Moderator

    Jan 11, 2000
    Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
    Myself, I'd do the trade.
  4. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman 'Murica!

    Nov 20, 2009
    If weight isn't a big factor for you, and you wanna try something new, go with the Ruger.

    People say piston guns are heavy, but this LWRC is only 6.44 pounds......

    BUT, that's not to say that piston ARs aren't heavy; my LWRC M6A2 DEA w/ Trijicon ACOG TA31ECOS, SureFire M600A Scout Light, and a Grip Pod GPS-02, comes in at about 10 pounds......
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011
  5. I would look at the new Ruger SR556E. I saw one the other day and it was pretty cool. GT Dist had them for LEOs for $995. A tad lighter than the standard SR556. The handguard is very slim.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011
  6. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman 'Murica!

    Nov 20, 2009
    Here's one for $999.......Northern Firearms are GTG; ordered from them twice, and the item arrived fast, and in perfect condition. Just remember, it doesn't come with sights, so you'd have to invest in some Iron Sights.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011
  7. Markasaurus


    Dec 13, 2009
    I've read mixed reviews of this rifle. When it first came out people reported problems, now they sound like they have been mostly worked out. That said, if you really like the gun and want it, get it. I looked at them before i got my Stag DI and didn't want to pay the extra, (although i wish i'd paid $200 more now, and gotten the Stag 8 which also has a piston).

    With the Ruger SR-556 a lot of parts do not interchange with the DI M4ergies, namely the bolt carrier and the gas piston parts. Ruger proprietary parts are expensive and sometimes hard to get. It is heavy and is not mil-spec. The barrel is fluted for cooling, which is certainly not a bad thing, but with all the differences from mil-spec M4 it means upgrading the rifle or making any major changes, if you decide to in the future, is probably not practical unless you want to buy another upper or two to change calibers or barrel lengths.

    the Stag 8 is about $1,100 or less on gunbroker. the ruger is $300-400 more. Both have a life-time warranty so you wouldn't go wrong with either if a piston gun is what you want.

    Why am i hung up on the Stag 8? I have the DI M4 and i like it. I'm impressed with the finish and the workmanship, and i like the lifetime warranty. I like being able to run to Riflegear (they have an outlet 3 miles away from me) and buy any part i need. You can't do that with the ruger.

    If you want the Ruger, buy it. I had a mini 14 and didn't like it, traded it for a loss to get the Stag. I know we are talking about two different rifles but IMO Ruger makes better pistols then they do long guns.
  8. Singlestack Wonder

    Singlestack Wonder

    Nov 15, 2003
    Pistons on the AR/M16 platfom have proven to be a fix without a problem as the overall weapon was designed as a DI system. On piston systems, premature wear due to carrier tilt is a common problem.

    I would stay away from Ruger AR15's. For the same money or less, one could get a BCM or Daniel Defense.
  9. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

    Aug 27, 2004
    If your Bushy is perfectly good, why would you want to trade it?
  10. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    I talked to a Ruger rep at Shot Show and they confirmed that Ruger does not want owners to access the transfer rod (op rod). They even say so on their website. Good luck getting them to honor any issues with that area if you admit to filed stripping and touching anything under there. I think thats ridiculous personally and it was one of the deal breakers for me.


    Here are some other deal breakers I found in my search for a piston AR.
  11. Minnow


    Jan 13, 2006
    I'd keep the Bushmaster.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011
  12. bmoore


    Jan 15, 2006
    Under a regime.
    Just like the old bass fishing saying "dont' leave fish to go catch fish". If your Bushmaster runs I would do what the other gentlemen said, maybe just save up for the Ruger if you really like it.
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