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Old 03-30-2011, 03:44 AM   #1
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I just purchased a new Bushmaster XM-15 A3 upper. I went to sight the rifle in and at 25 yard I had to move the rear peep sight almost all the way to the left to hit the center of the target, probably 12 to 14 clicks. I thought this was pretty crapy so I did some research on the net and discovered this is a common problem with Bushmaster Rifles. Any way I called Bushmaster and they are going to have me send the Rifle back (they are paying to ship it) and they will re-index the barrel and fix the problem. Just a post in case some one else has the same problem. I am new to the AR platform gun so I have plenty to learn. Sound right to everyone?

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Old 03-30-2011, 04:06 AM   #2
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not terribly common but it does happen. 20 years ago most companies used to test fire all weapons but it doesnt happen so much anymore. they would rather deal with the occasional return than the expense of testfire in some cases.

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Here I go again, lol.

It depends on the company you buy from. My DD, Noveske and Spikes were testfired from the factory. BCM tests fires there rifles as well.

Id tell them to keep it.

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Same as with RRA's, they are test fired as well from factory before sell. Good luck with the Bushy, they can be hit and miss at times, here lately though, more miss than hit. YMMV

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My DD and ArmaLite uppers both were test fired but with a stripped upper I don't know if they worry much about the sighting. The AR came with its own BCG while the DD was bought without one so I was surprised they test fired it.

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W/ the prices of BCMs Id return it and start over.

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I think they've still got their ACR recall going on. Sorry to hear about problems with the XM15.

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Here I go again, lol.

It depends on the company you buy from. My DD, Noveske and Spikes were testfired from the factory. BCM tests fires there rifles as well.

Id tell them to keep it.
Hard to test fire an upper. Any machine that is made can slip past the QC folks at the factory. None are immune from an occasional lemon. Give them a chance to make it right, they want to keep your business.

I also bought a Bushmaster XM-15 upper, for my frankengun, and it has been flawless from day one.
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Hard to test fire an upper. Any machine that is made can slip past the QC folks at the factory. None are immune from an occasional lemon. Give them a chance to make it right, they want to keep your business.

I also bought a Bushmaster XM-15 upper, for my frankengun, and it has been flawless from day one.
Its very easy to test fire an upper however very few take the time to do it. Refer to the companies listed previously in this thread. Just like staking or just simply assembling a rifle properly. It cuts into profits so many refuse to do it.

An occasional lemon is fine and expected from time to time. Some just have way more than others. When your QC is suspect (due to cutting into profit margins or just plain not caring) you're bound to have an orchard.

A $600 rifle from some of these lower quality brands wouldn't be that bad. The thing is most of them charge just as much for their stuff as the more reputable places do. Theres a very reputable company that at times sells rifles for less than, and often in the same price range as you can get a lesser quality rifle for.

If I can get a professional quality upper for $399 why go anywhere else?

I would venture to guess your BM was around that same price.

Ill echo something I found very smart. Flawless can be many different things. Flawless for 100 rounds, flawless for 10k over the last 10 years, and flawless through multiple 2k 2 day carbine class. Get what fits your needs. Not everyone attends multiple classes a year. I don't. But at the same time if I can purchase a rifle capable of extreme hard use at the price of a range weapon I'm going w/ the first option.
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I had the same problem with one I bought in Jan. Bushmaster also told me they would fix the problem and emailed me a Fedex label.

I sent the upper to them. They refused the shipment, so Fedex dropped it off at my mailing address. I've had it reshipped to them. But there is no longer any customer support. No phone support and no email responses. So I don't know if they have it, refused it, or threw it away..

So I'd be very cautious about sending anything to them at this time. I'm not sure if I'll get my upper back or not, since they don't respond to anything.

Tom

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