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Which of these two uppers would you choose?

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Old 01-20-2012, 03:30 AM   #1
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Default Which of these two uppers would you choose?

Getting down to brass tacks on putting together a new AR. This will be for general plinking, coyotes, and home defense. I don't anticipate anything farther than 200 yds.

Which of these two uppers would you choose and why?

PSA 16'' Hammer Forged Midlength Light Weight upper - 16" - Complete Uppers - AR-15

PSA 16" Mid-length, Light profile, MP Upper - 16" - Complete Uppers - AR-15

And please, don't tell me you have a better upper for $1,000. This is going to be a sub $700 rifle.

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Old 01-20-2012, 03:34 AM   #2
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I think the Hammer forged barrel is worth the price premium. Its a better barrel made by none other than Fabrique Nacionale. (FN)
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I'm having trouble pulling up those links, tried hours ago and same now. Anyway, assuming the only difference is hammer forged vs. button forged and $50, I'd pay the extra for HF. Probably not terribly important but I think the process results in a stronger and better machined barrel. Accuracy can be better too but I haven't noticed that comparing my HF AR (lightweight) vs. my button barrel AR (HBAR).

Since the LW barrel is much thinner than average I felt better going for hammer forging (in my Daniel Defense barrel).
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“The bitterness of poor quality Lingers long after The sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
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"The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together."
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