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Question by pudgexl29. Uploaded on May 21, 2012
Well you won't find one under that amount. And if you do, you should probably run... Expect to pay around $1,000 for a good quality AR from a reputable manufacturer.
you can build one for about $700, although it will be very plain.
bruisedsausage tells it like it is. Build a pretty good AR platform for $700 + or minus. To buy 1 expect twice the cost of building the same thing. Occassionally you'll find S&W on sale for under $800 and Cabela's has been selling a Bushmaster rifle for around the same price range.Again,just a starter AR.
Check out Rock River ARs you can find some in a plan-jane used in the $800.00+/- range its a TOP AR Worth a Look!!
I personally believe that the best AR-15 for the price is a DPMS panther but you won't find one for under $700.
Ok thanks. I wasnt sure what they started out at. Could you give me a list of parts I would need to build one please.
What kind of AR are you looking to build?
If you want an M4 or M16 type gun you can build one for a little more from palmetto state armory that's mil-spec.
From what I have read you should stay away from the likes of Bushmaster or DPMS if this is the kind of AR you are looking for. If you are going for extreme accuracy with low volume shooting they will be fine.
You might wait a few years. The 20 something zombie killers (don't take offense black rifle guys not looking to pick any fights); Will be getting married and having kids. They will be looking to sell, to buy furniture for the nursery and such. You might get one just about new condition too at a good price. I am thinking about 3 years they should be popping right up at used gun shops.
I got a great (hardly used, looks perfect) SuperRed hawk that way.
As with all rifles, choosing the BEST depends on what you intend to do with it. If you are using it for home defense, target shooting at 600 yards, making noise on the 4th of July, preditor hunting, deer hunting, etc. these could all be different rifles.
Three things stand out for me when it comes to top ARs:
1. Accuracy. The early 1970's SP1s typically couldn't hit a five gallon bucket at 100 yards but ARs have gotten steadily more accurate. Now days, the air-gauged heavy barrels available on many DPMS, Bushmaster, S&W, etc. brands will shoot better than most bolt rifles. If you are target or varmint shooting, this accuracy is a must. I use a Bushmaster Vaminter with a 24 inch heavy barrel. It shoots under .25 MOA. Additional barrel length adds speed for flat shooting at long range and short leads on runnning coyotes. 22 inches provides optimum accuracy for targets. If you are hunting deer or shooting targets beyond 300 yards, get a 1:8 twist so you can shoot and be more accurate at long range (600-1000 yards) with heavier bullets.
2. Trigger. If you need accuracy for target shooting and varmint hunting, a very light trigger will help you immensely. A bad trigger may ruin your accuracy completely and it will have to be replaced. If you hunt, you typically won't want such a light trigger for safety. If you buy a mushy/heavy/creepy trigger, you will likely be replacing it. I personally prefer the Bushmaster two stage trigger that provides both 3 pound and 1 pound pull weights simultaneously in one trigger. That way a crisp light trigger pull is instantly ready for long range prairie dogs or a hunting weight for deer hunting with gloves. Triggers vary but by all means, check yours before you buy or plan on spending $200-$250 more for a good after-market trigger. At least get an adjustable trigger so you can get the pull weight and crispness you need unless this rifle is strictly for home defense fire power and accuracy is never considered.
3. Reliability. In most cases except for target shooting you need to be able to fire when ready and reload the next round. Most brands are getting pretty good at this but the leaders are more reliable. DPMS, Rock River Arms and Bushmaster have tuned well enough at this point to be considered reliable in your price range. I'd make this a top consideration for home defense because I would hate to be picking brass out of my chamber while someone was shooting at me.
For getting a $700 rifle, look for a good used rifle on sites like gunbroker.com, pawn shops or gun shows, etc. I got my like new Bushmaster Varminter with scope mounts and a Harris bi-pod for $700. Some owners need cash and dump $1400 rifles for half price. There are tons of them out there. If something doesn't work right, throw it away and replace the malfunctioning part. They snap together like Tinker-Toys.
Another choice is to get a beater lower with a decent trigger cheap and then keep your eyes peeled for a good upper at a sale price. They snap together in seconds. If you are interested in accuracy, the barrel provides 90% of the rifle's accuracy potential. Get a heavy air-gaged barrel for accuracy (like those on the DPMS, Bushy, RRA, etc.). Be patient and watch sites like Midwayusa.com that always seem to have uppers on sale.
Finally, you can build your own. Too complex to explain here... just google it and order the parts to assemble yourself. They are pretty standard nowadays... the barrel will be your biggest concern if you are interested in accuracy... get a good one.
I am a fussy rifle shooter, having assembled custom rifles for supreme accuracy most of my life. My Bushmaster is rapidly becoming my favorite rifle of all time because of its better than .25 MOA accuracy, its reliability down to temps of -25 degrees Farenheit and its ability to lay 30 shots inside a 3 inch group at 500 meters within a minute's time. Very few other rifles could come close to this accomplishment but I consider the heavy barreled DPMS, and Rock River Arms products to be about the same. You could spend thousands for custom ARs but the improvement would be marginal at best.
Best of luck on your choice... enjoy your new rifle!
you can find dpms, rock river etc..... on gunbroker for under 700 all day..... or you can assemble your own for way cheaper.
colt supporter is the highest quality, the price will show it. the 6290 is closest to the standard military issue.
Sportsmens Warehouse until December 5th Bushmaster AR-15 with four 30 round mags and cleaning kit for $549
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