Took my new "used" RRA out today 1st time

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by PlasticGunner, May 3, 2012.

  1. PlasticGunner

    PlasticGunner New Member

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    Well I picked up a used RRA ar15 Monday and took it out for the 1st time today. First thing 223 ammo is hard to find where I live I ended up buying 2 boxes of PMC bronze and 1 box of cheap steel case Precision Ammunition.

    I cleaned and oiled it yesterday and today I took it out and sighted the iron sights in at 50yds. It took me 16 shoots to sight it in and now I am good out to 75 yds.... Could do better hopefully next time... Now using the scoop witch was basically already sighted in I was hitting 1 gallon water jugs at 150yds and at 200 yds... It took about 3 shoots each to hit but man I can not believe I did, I just never thought I could not me a pistol guy.

    ok not all went perfect I am not sure why but I had many failure to extract with the brass pmc ammo like 6 times and it was $10 a box but on the other hand the cheap $6 a box steel case stuff worked flawlessly? I opened it up with the last mag with the cheap stuff. All in all I had a great time and I will keep my $500 AR15 I'm hooked. I will find out the problem with the failure to extract the brass maybe I need to clean it better.

    I have not shot a rifle in 8 years and I am happy with my results. I almost like shooting the AR more then my pistols and I think one more outing and I will like it more for a simple guy like me hitting a water jug at 200 yds with an AR feel great! Some day I hope to be like many of you reaching out to 400 and beyond.
     
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  2. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    sounds like you did well on your purchase , Take a look at the extractor , however if its ejecting steel it should be ejecting brass . extractor kit is around $18 so even if it needs replaced you still got a hell of a deal
     

  3. PlasticGunner

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    Thanks I'm glad you think so, I took it to a lgs yesterday I bought the brass there. The owner said he would give me 500 if I want to get rid of it lol and I fig if he offers 500 it must be worth more anyways it is like my glock I think a gun I will not go with out.... Now I need to buy the 1911 I been wanting and I will be set .... Lol I think I will never be set.
     
  4. purehavoc

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    Too late Plastic. You are in the early stage of BRD (Black Rifle Disease) and there is no cure, and if there is, those who know who has it avoid that person. You'll realize very quickly that the AR is the magical platform where you really don't need a smith for the majority of issues, and you can have one lower and enough uppers to make the azz of your truck shoot sparks from dragging the road, and able to shoot all of them.
     
  6. PlasticGunner

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    If it is the extractor I will be able to fix it my self, I was in the remote control hobby for years the type you build your self I think that helped me with working on my pistols. I have had just about all my pistols complexity striped for on mod or another. I cleaned, striped and oiled the bolt yesterday but did not strip the extractor but I know I could.... I just use the internet for reference and ask you guys for help if need be... and by the way thanks for the tip about this being the problem possibly.


    BRD lol I started to come down with that back in 1989 I think when I was 14 or 15... started with my Ruger 10/22 folding stock and all that stuff making it look like an AR lol buying it mail order from Sportsman's Guild lol.... Then the big bad BAN came in, In NY black gun ='s bad guy. My 10/22 was fun back then but it jammed a lot with the cheap 50 rd mags. I guess I am reliving my youth with a bigger gun.
     
  7. PlasticGunner

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    Looks like you hit the nail on the head, By word of mouth I was told today to bring my AR down to a town 20 miles away, There I will find a taxidermy/gun shop with a gentleman that builds AR's and that has much knowledge. To make it short he thinks it is a weak extractor also. The gentleman is going to fix and test fire it for $25 not bad.

    Oh and if anyone near Cuba MO needs any taxidermy done head down to Cuba, The work I seen done in the shop looks really good and there display is awesome!
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Gunner, i'm glad you bought the AR! i thought the price was decent and even at another $25 for the repair, you're still way ahead in your purchase. enjoy it!

    another possibilty on the extractor, it could just need a very good cleaning. try a stiff nylon brush and some brake cleaner. on Bushmasters website, you can download the owners manual and it goes into detail about how the clean the extractor and the area around it. won't cost anything but a little time.
     
  9. PlasticGunner

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    Thank you for the info, I need to invest in a good cleaning kit for this AR. Right now all I have is pistol kits. I have been looking on the net for one. I am going to look at the BM site now

    Yes, The BM site was helpful. There is one other big investment I want to make for this AR, I need a nice case for it to bring to the range. I really think I may scare the neighbors lol like I care, I just don't want to scare any little kids while put this in my car.
     
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  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Gunner, check out Amazon.com, MidwayUSA, or Sportsmans Guide. i paid about $45 for mine. it made for an AR, has ammo pouches, handles and a shoulder strap. you should be able to find something to suit your needs without spending a fortune. also check WalMart, they sometimes will have some decent gun cases priced right.
     
  11. hardluk1

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    You never know with a used rifle what someone has changed but you do sound like you got a deal. Does your RRA have a 223 wylde chamber or 5.56. Is it a carbine or rifle. Photos would help. If a carbine ,weight the buffer, If the buffer is a 4oz buffer get a stock 3oz carbine buffer for shooting 223 ammo. Try a box of 5.56 ammo to see if it cycles better. If yes ,the buffer could be the problem.
     
  12. Fixer

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    Everyone likes to jump at the extractor because its the common problem spot, but I wouldnt hang my hat on that since it didnt do it with steel case. The difference in steel case is the expansion of the case into the chamber walls. Sure a weak extractor may jump the rim due to the case still pressurized, but thats a Dwell issue when you get right down to it. Still can be fixed via an Extractor up-grade, but slowing down the BCG will also fix that. An ARSmith they should figure out whats going on fairly quick.

    The next time you have problems save your brass. The ARSmith should look them over for clues as to whats going on.
     
  13. PlasticGunner

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    I have bought many times from midwayusa, I go up that way at lest 1 time a month so I will look there so that I can save on shipping. I see a case on there I like I may wait and see if it goes on sale. It is midways brand, I have one for my glock and like it.
     
  14. PlasticGunner

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    It is a 5.56 and the gentleman man did weight the buffer and said that did not seem to be the problem. He said the chamber seemed a little tight and the extract spring was weak. I would like to buy some 5.56 when I find some. The gentleman said I did find a good deal on a rra. I do have photos in another thread I started.
     
  15. PlasticGunner

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    I will save the brass next time, thanks for the tip.... Sorry for all the replys I am on my phone
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have a couple of Midway's pistol cases and they are great. i'm down here in Texas, so all my shopping with them is online! they have great service and decent prices and a great selection of products. i have bought several mags for my AR from them and some other accessories for my AR. i also buy a lot of my reloading components from them. they are my first choice on anything to do with firearms for me.
     
  17. Fixer

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    Bingo... the brass is expanding under the gas pressure and held too tight against the chamber wall during the extraction process. If the chamber was bored out and the Crane extractor up-grade was used (HERE) all would be well. I bet just the chamber ream out would do the trick, but either or both is fine.