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mainly looking at a ruger or smith and wesson AR. gonna go shopping tomorrrow. does any one have experience in any of these two brands for ARs? the ruger and smith are the price im looking at. msrp is about $700. just seeing what your thoughts are on these. if you have both or shot both, whats your preference? thanks

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Have seen the Ruger selling for under 500.

 

you may be right, and I may be wrong, but with my 700 price range, I believe the ar comes with a dust cover and forward assist? again I'm not sure.

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Garys bow shack in stroudsberg ruger556 $569

Cabelas is 699

In 700 range you have the bushmaster qrc,ruger 556,smith mp sport,dpms oracle,del ton, windham weaponry, anderson so ypu have options. In that range your going to end up with prettymuch the same options across the board. M4 style with fixed front sight and rear flat top or flat top optic ready, glacier guards, no frill trigger etc. I have 2 dpms, 1 556, 1 308 and have no complaints. The 556 i got cheap and put almost 800 into it. I also have mp15 T and its good also. If you can get a 1/8 or 1/7 barrel you can shoot heavier bullets if your gonna plink and use it as a fun gun 1/9 and a few thousand rnds of 55gr ball will do. No matter what you get you can improve a little at a time thats whats nice about them. Good luck!

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I have a S&W Sport Upper has forward assist no dust cover paired with a Anderson Lower shoots great cost me 350 for the upper and 210 for the lower put a UTG Sniper Grip and a Magpul M Loc Forend and a AR223 Scope it's a kickass rifle and pretty accurate and Tons of fun to shoot.

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You might want to look at the 22 Nosler I bought a AR Stoner upper from Midway for 399  and built an Aero lower for for just over100  it's an awsome Predator rifle and it's also a  super accurate long range round that out performs the 223 by quite abit. Factory Ammo is a little expensive but if you reload it's very resonable after you fire the factory ammo

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Don't worry about dust cover or forward assist. Unless your in competition or in law enforcement those are a couple things you'll never use. I have guns with and without and it makes no difference. Don't let those factors influence a purchase. Get the one that feels good in YOUR hands.

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My buddy picked up a ruger556 and it was junk.  It had major feeding problems and is now back at Ruger getting worked on.  Do yourself a favor and read the reviews on the Ruger, not the online magazine reviews that people are paid to write, but the real people reviews.  Check the forums.  The issue my buddy had was had by many.   

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I bought the Ruger 556 at Tanner's for $499. Put about 400 rds through it so far

and had 2 jams with the first 80 rds. Zero problems since might have been the ammo.

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My buddy picked up a ruger556 and it was junk.  It had major feeding problems and is now back at Ruger getting worked on.  Do yourself a favor and read the reviews on the Ruger, not the online magazine reviews that people are paid to write, but the real people reviews.  Check the forums.  The issue my buddy had was had by many.

 

was this an SR556 or the new 556? The sr had tons of feed and eject issues with its adjustable gas system. When you buy these guns you need to strip them and scrub the hell out of them! My dpms 308 had would not close the bolt all the way all the time until i got a brush and some solvent in the bolt carrier, it was loaded with the same packing greasw the rest of the gun was. Buying a $700 gun and expecting it to be on par with your buddys JP or seekins wont happen but you are getting a great platform that with some $ will match or be dam close

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Not the SR.  It's the Ruger556.

 

I know the R556's sell like hotcakes and majority probably work fine, but the bottom line with AR's is you get what you pay for.  You should be able to take an AR out of the box and go to town with no hiccups (certainly don't advise to). It's a simple gun made to go bang every time you pull the trigger.  The only thing that should stop an AR from performing is human error.  JMHO

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here it is, i spent a little extra money and bought the stag arms AR15. 

 

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muzzle break, forward assist, dust cover, 1/9 twist, .223/5.56. iron sights, back sight flips up and down. forarm has heat shields to absorb heat.

 

firearm came with its own rifle case, which i was surprised by. lock, sticker, 2 sling mounts bottle opener etc....

 

looking forward to getting a few rounds down range 

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You will be very happy with Stag. I uses their stuff for a LH build for my dad and it was great stuff and the guns a blast. Good luck shoot safe!

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I have a S&W Sport Upper has forward assist no dust cover

 

As of last year the S&W now comes standard with both the forward assist and the dust cover.  Exceptional value at $500, and with the unbeatable S&W c.s. behind it.

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A AR with a good Barrel is a must. Then you can buy a decent Trigger. These two things are what make accuracy in a AR15. You can add the rest as you like it but the rest has no impact on accuracy. Add things that you may like.

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