You are comparing apples and oranges! The "Elite" and "Pro" series are all short barrelled (16") , NON-HBAR, sleletonized stock, quad rail "assault" rifles (even though I despise the term, I'll use it here to make a point), and yes, they are meant to appeal to a specific market - those only interested in TACTICAL RIFLES. In fact the "Pro" series and "Pro Series Elite" are not even available with "substitutions" such as heavy barrel, bull barrel, longer barrel, competition sights, or A2 stocks or forends - hence the advertised accuracy of only 1 - 1.5" moa as compared to their other offerings, such as the NMA4 and Varmint grade rifles. If I wanted poor accuracy ratings, I could have bought the Colt or Armalite - for $500 more than I spent on the RRA NMA4.QUOTE]
LOL...no problem. But to make my point, the RRA products I mentioned were basically comparable in barrel length. The only real differences between the ones I mentioned were the mods they added to those high $$ models. That is why they are not available with subs. IF the add-ons are what you are looking for, they offered a few models with some very popular modifications, that seemingly are high on the enthusiast's radar. And each of the models I was comparing were offered with the NM 2-stage trigger. I never compared their 20" offerings in my post. My point being, the ones I listed are very comparable, EXCEPT in price. That being said, it just seems very strange that they would advertize their most expensive rifle (with all the add-ons) and state it's accuracy of 1.5 MOA, when you can buy basically the same 16" model, without all the bells and whistles, that that they advertize will shoot 1 MOA? With the difference of $2000, you could modify the cheaper model into just about anything you wanted it to be. But then again, with the $2900, you would have quite a few options in the top tier segment of the market, such as Wilson Combat, Les Baer, LMT, Noveske, etc.
To the original poster, for the price range of the models you were most likely looking at, in the Bushmaster or RRA, you won't go wrong with either. The RRA models are available with their 2-stage National Match trigger, a very nice option. Since you never really mentioned if you were looking for a rifle or carbine, the availability of the 2-stage NM trigger, and one of their 1:8 twist barrels, in 16" or 20" size, would give you a very good firearm capable of very good accuracy. As for the all the options, that is basically up to what you want your firearm to be, form, fit, or function. That is one of the best things about the AR, the ease of modification. So go pick one out, and go out and enjoy.