Billet upper vs Forged?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by LaiePoi, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. LaiePoi

    LaiePoi New Member

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    Hey guys just wondering if anyone has any experience with billet lowers and how they compare to forged ones.....pros and cons? I've looked around online at different billet lowers and really like all the features a lot of them come with...ambi everything, tension screw, built in trigger guard, punchless installation, flared magwells, 45 deg throw ss (to accommodate short throw B.A.D.A.S.S.) and very nice serrations. They all come at a much higher price of course but is it worth it or are they just overrated? Would putting a billet lower on a forged upper be problematic?

    Thanks for any info and opinions you have on this!
     
  2. rhyno13

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    Forged lowers have been used without incident for 40+years. I would like a lower made from billet, but it really does not enhance the gun that much (except for bragging).
     

  3. Stillersfan

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    Any lower that is forged is the way to go... Its a lot stronger and will last longer.
     
  4. LaiePoi

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    Yeah just seems like its more user friendly by the features. Being a righty I'm not that huge on the ambi controls (could just get a BAD lever) but like you said "bragging" rights haha. I like the tension screw feature but I'm sure they have em on some forged lowers out there
     
  5. LaiePoi

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    I have a spikes forged lower with enhanced LPK that I just installed and am happy with it. Just wondering what all the billet craze was about
     
  6. Quentin

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    Really it's your choice as either will do the job. If you like billet then go for it since the extra cost is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of the complete rifle. Do it right and complete the build with quality parts then be proud of YOUR AR!

    Most of my ARs have forged lowers but I love my US Army Edition billet lower.
     
  7. LaiePoi

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    Just saw that lower online...looks sick! What are the features on it? Does it have a tension screw?
     
  8. Quentin

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    Upper to lower tension/fit? Yes.
     
  9. LaiePoi

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  10. JWagner

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    It may be bragging rights as mentioned. But, from a technical/commercial consideration, the difference between two good parts in forged or billet is the fact that someone has access to a forging and the other has access to billet material. Forging dies cost money and ordering a billet is like going to Home Depot to buy a sheet of plywood. It is just a big piece of raw material that will be cut to the proper size and shape. The forged part is what is called "near net shape" and takes a small amount of machining time. The billet is a block that takes a lot of machining time. With today's CNC machining, they can work wonders at pretty low costs. Either process can produce an first rate part.