Bushmaster Question

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Over-the-Hill, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. Over-the-Hill

    Over-the-Hill New Member

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    First I know very little about the AR type rifle. However, now I think I "need" one. I know they can be made to shoot very well. I'm basically a target shooter/varmint hunter. I saw a Bushmaster VR SS Varmint Special in .223. Is this a good place to start? The dealer said this version is capable of less than 1 MOA out of the box. Has anyone had any experience with this gun? Is it a qualilty weapon or should I be looking at sopmething else.
    Thanks,
    OtH
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2010
  2. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    I've owned a Bushmaster M4 for 6 years and found the quality to be just fine. There are more expensive AR's out there but I think the Bushy's are one of the best values you'll find in an AR from a major manufacturer.

    Recently picked up a second upper reciever from J&S out of Olympia WA. Complete package with 20" free floated heavy barrel and it shoots better than 1 MOA.

    I carried A2's for 6 years of Infantry service and the AR is still my favorite rifle platform.

    One word of caution. I started with an $800 dollar rifle that I'm now into for over $2400.00 in optics and modifications. The amount of money you can spend customizing these things is restricted only by your bugdet and imagination so be prepared.

    Tack
     

  3. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    I shoot a Bushmaster V-Match and will put it up against any firearm on the market today. I'm not saying that my Bushy is the best of the rest because I've shot many other AR style firearms that were equally capable. Mine just happens to be a Bushmaster.

    When it comes to firearms, you normally get what you pay for.
     
  4. Over-the-Hill

    Over-the-Hill New Member

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    Thanks for the replys. Nothing negative yet. That's good.
    OtH
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i have a bushmaster m4 in my collection of AR's which include a SR556, 458socom from RRA, a colt SP1, and a .45acp upper from olympic. the bushmaster works just as well as any of those no issues.
     
  6. Larry in SD

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    I have had a Bushmaster 16" M4 ORC for a couple years now. I have accessorized it a bit with a JP Enterprises Adjustable Trigger, Speed Hammer and Springs, plus added a DPMS Carbine Length Aluminum Free Float Tube, a DPMS Levang Linear Compensator (in place of the A2 Flash Hider), Badger Tactical Charging Handle Latch and a CAA G-27 Finger Groove Pistol grip.

    I also have a DPMS Panther Bull 20 with a JP Enterprises Adjustable Trigger, Speed Hammer and Springs, Badger Tactical Charging Handle Latch and a CAA G-27 Finger Groove Pistol grip.

    All in all I can not see a lot of difference between these two AR's. If I am going to be shooting from a solid rested postion I prefer the DPMS, but if I am using one for work or calling Coyotes I prefer the Bushmaster. This is a case of size and weight and nothing to do with the quality, performance or accuracy of each individual AR.

    My Bushmaster 16" M4 ORC will consistantly shoot MOA or better groups with a 1.5x4.5x32mm Bushnell Elite 3200 Firefly Riflescope on it, while the DPMS with the same ammo will consistantly shoot sub 3/4 MOA or better groups with a Bushnell Elite 3200 4x12x40mm AO Riflescope.

    Larry
     
  7. hillmillenia

    hillmillenia New Member

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    Bushmaster makes a great frrearm, I have one as well and have had zero issues. Of course I have others and have no issues with any of them. You'll find some bashers on the other forums. Many of the complaints have no basis. One of the great truths out there is that people will come to these forums to complain about a product and will usually outnumber those with praise 10 to 1...sqeeky wheel and all :rolleyes:...Bushmaster is made up of Quality Parts...pun intended...now that's very dry...:p
     
  8. jpattersonnh

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    I have a Bushmaster A2 DCM. I bought it when Clinton took office. Bill that is. I can say don't use polymer steel case ammo. I shot some. Gave a quick clean and a week later had this mold looking substance lining my chrome barrel. It was the residue left that grew because of the bore cleaner I use. Other wise after 16+ years, no issues and it is a tack driver for a 1:9 barrel.
     
  9. russ

    russ New Member

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    I have a Bushy Predator upper on a CMMG lower that I built. It is a tight chambered upper and is a little ammo picky (no steel cases) and needs to be cleaned about every 100-150 rounds or it starts to gum up. That said, it wasn't intended to be a spray and pray setup running hundreds of rounds through in a day. It is very accurate (more than it's owner) and has no trouble ringing the 8" gong at 300 yards. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Bushmaster.
     
  10. Over-the-Hill

    Over-the-Hill New Member

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    I want to thank everyone for their input. I took the plunge so the next thing will be the proof on the paper. Scope is a Leupold VX III side focus 6.5 X 20 X 40mm w/varmint reticle. I think the only thing that could be wrong with this set-up is the shooter.
    Thanks again,
    OtH