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Old 09-28-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default Best AR manufacturers - looking for technical reasons

I am new to the AR world, certainly not new to rifles and have owned gas guns in the past. The simple, modular elegance of the AR platform makes it easy to maintain and breakdown, and I am finding as a recent purchaser of a S&W MP15 optics ready carbine, it's kind of hard to just leave well enough alone with these guns. I am going to start assembling an AR10 in 7.62. I am hoping to garner responses for 5.56/223 as well as 7.62. Do the same manufacturers build equally accurate/equal quality AR10 and AR15 components, or are there differences when it comes to caliber?

So here is my question. It is kind of a two-parter. I only ask that if you reply, please provide meat and potatoes answers about the technical aspects of the product only (not customer service/aftermarket support). Not interested in brand names being thrown about with no concrete support for WHY it is a good manufacturer

Who are your top manufacturers for:

A) build components and
B) 'out of the box**', pre-assembled

I see a lot of folks who don't want to build for their first (I was one) so I remain curious about 'out of the box' and once they get the bug (I am one), they become ready to build because you see how easy it is from taking down that 'out of the box' gun.

** when I refer to 'out of the box', my example would be walking into your LGS and upon seeing the (S&W, Colt, etc) you say "I'll take that one"

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It would be wise to ask this question separately for 5.56 and 7.62. While some like KAC and Noveske are top notch in both calibers there are too many variables between the AR-15 and AR-10 style rifles to not get a single thread confused.

Also it would be best to describe your applications. If a highly reliable defensive carbine is primary then the obvious choices in 5.56 are Colt, BCM, Daniel Defense, Noveske, KAC, LMT, and others such as PSA, Spikes and Sionics. Out of the box or piecing together components, these are brands not to ignore.

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I have a Daniel Defense V7, and love it to death. I've shot Noveske uppers, they were definitely not as soft shooting as the DD. Have never, literally never, had a single FTF/FTE or any other complication through thousands of rounds. Eats any type of ammo and is solid as a rock. I highly recommend Daniel Defense.. plus they have possibly the best customer service.

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Here are a couple pretty good charts.

I went with the custom build route, but the entire upper (barrel, upper receiver, bolt carrier group) is a BCM. I couldn't be happier.



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Here are a couple pretty good charts. I went with the custom build route, but the entire upper (barrel, upper receiver, bolt carrier group) is a BCM. I couldn't be happier.
Very cool! Thank you
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Check out the M&P 10

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_817047_-1_785153_757785_757784_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

The ambi features and custom muzzle device are nice.

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This is my competition rifle. Technical data on the web page.

http://www.hera-arms.com/#!special-models/cr26

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