Originally Posted by mjkeat
I cant remember if you were wanting to assemble the upper or purchase it pre-assembled. Either way DD makes a good barrels and uppers, BCM does as well. You should be able to get into either one of those for under $300. Noveske barrels have a great rep. but are toward the top of the price chain. As far as twist and profile, Ive really enjoyed the freedom of a 1:7 lightweight barrel. And a mid length gas system has worked well for me. There also seems to be a preference for chrome lining. Some say its pointless, more say its a must have. Mine are chrome lined, but who knows whats best. 16" is probably the most convenient length. I like 14.5 w/ a perm muzzle devise but it can be a pain when wanting to change things around.
Ditto here... MJ and I both bought Daniel Defense LW CHF midlength uppers earlier this year, except I went with the 16" barrel. I had intended to get BCM but the end of year sale on DD was too good to refuse. Choose your barrel profile, length, twist, etc. then watch for sales on good uppers. Don't be in a rush, do your homework first.
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