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Old 08-12-2008, 16:47   #1
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Bushmaster AR , how good ? who has one ?

I been thinking on A bushmaster AR 15 Rifle , I would like some first hand honest info from bushmaster owners , or people that know A lot about the AR rifles and can tell me just how good the bushmaster stacks up a Long side the other brands like RR , DPMS , STAG , ect. Thanks folks for any info. and please no fighting about my brand is better . Let all respect each other opinions.
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Originally Posted by centurion View Post
I been thinking on A bushmaster AR 15 Rifle , I would like some first hand honest info from bushmaster owners , or people that know A lot about the AR rifles and can tell me just how good the bushmaster stacks up a Long side the other brands like RR , DPMS , STAG , ect. Thanks folks for any info. and please no fighting about my brand is better . Let all respect each other opinions.
They are good guns. Come with Chromelined barrels (Where as some other manufacturers, you have to specify it). They could use a better trigger, but for the most part these are military spec rifles.
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Originally Posted by centurion View Post
I been thinking on A bushmaster AR 15 Rifle , I would like some first hand honest info from bushmaster owners , or people that know A lot about the AR rifles and can tell me just how good the bushmaster stacks up a Long side the other brands like RR , DPMS , STAG , ect. Thanks folks for any info. and please no fighting about my brand is better . Let all respect each other opinions.
I've never owned one . The local range has a Bushmaster rental , after about 100000 rounds a piece of the bolt broke off. Bushmaster charged them about 100 bucks for a new bolt . S&W rep was in the store said S&W would have fixed it for free . I'd say 100000 rounds is pretty decent service out of any weapon .
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I have owned 5 various Bushmasters since about 1993. They are all good mil-spec AR's but not a one has a decent trigger. I even sent a 16 inch postban back to them about 2000 because the trigger was just horrible. When they sent it back, the trigger was no longer gritty, but still about 8 lbs. After I discovered Rock River two stage 4 1/2 lb triggers, life became very good...

Bushmaster, Rock River, and Armalite all were on commercial row again for the Nationals at Camp Perry. I handled all of their products and they are all quality firearms. The chrome bore on the Bushmasters is good if you want a true Mil-Spec AR. All three score high on the firing line if the shooter does his part.

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I bought a Bushmaster Predator model in March after a long hunt for one. It is set up for hunting w/a heavy barrel and 2 stage trigger. It has been accurate and dependable so far. I really like this rifle.
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Thanks folks for the Info. this will help me A lot . I had my mind made up on the bushmaster untill I got on the Glocktalk/forum , on none glock firearms section , theres all makes there , and someone posted about bushmaster , and about half of the people was really putting down (bashing) Bushmaster , kind of like they do the Rugers Pistols and the minis , I bet you Half of them don't even owne A bushmaster , just hearsay from other people.
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I've had a Bushmaster for a few years. Its accurate, and it fires every single commercial round of different brands and every reload I've put thru it. Don't know what else to expect from it. Also never had any malfunctions or any kind of failures from it.
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swiftak , that sounds good to hear , I have heard good from most Bushmaster owners . Thats about all you can expect out of one , Thanks.
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My Bushmaster HB is as good as any. Not all Bushmasters have a chrome barrel, some are CM. The plastic trigger guards are easy to replace.
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carbine 85 , have you ever ordered any spair parts from bushmaster like trigger parts , or spair field repair kits , springs , pins , extractors , ect.? I was just wondering how are they to deal with ?
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Bushmaster is a great company to deal with. I live about 30 miles from the factory. They don't have a local shop or anything but when I call for parts and stuff they ship the same day if the stuff I want is in stock. The people on the CS line are always very helpfull. They are a good company with a good product. But there are a bunch of AR builders out there that make a sweet product. RRA, STAG, DPMS. Any one of these guns would be a good choice.
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Originally Posted by centurion View Post
I been thinking on A bushmaster AR 15 Rifle , I would like some first hand honest info from bushmaster owners , or people that know A lot about the AR rifles and can tell me just how good the bushmaster stacks up a Long side the other brands like RR , DPMS , STAG , ect. Thanks folks for any info. and please no fighting about my brand is better . Let all respect each other opinions.
I have three Bushmaster's and two Stag Arms-all are excellent and I would buy another of either again. My oldest BM is 20 yrs old and has never missed a beat.

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Thanks folks for the help an info.
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Originally Posted by centurion View Post
carbine 85 , have you ever ordered any spair parts from bushmaster like trigger parts , or spair field repair kits , springs , pins , extractors , ect.? I was just wondering how are they to deal with ?
I bought a Bushmaster lower through a dealer and the Bushmaster HB upper form Gunbroker.com but haven't bought anything from Bushmaster directly. Everything works great and the finish is a match.
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I have had a Bushmaster 16" M4 ORC for about 4 months now. Prior to that I had a DPMS Panther Bull 20 Fluted. On the two examples I have had I would have to say my Bushmaster seems to have better fit and finish.

As per accuracy, neither on of the two AR's I have had have seen a Factory Round. Neither one of either of the two AR's I have had has ever malfunctioned that could be traced to the gun (I had one hicup with the DPMS but it was the fault of a brass catcher and not the gun).

Both of these AR's will print sub 1" groups all day long and most groups are in the 3/4" range. I have shot 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips loaded with H-4895 Powder in Military LC Brass with Remington 7 1/2 Primers. I have taken 4 Coyotes this spring and summer with the Bushmaster 16" ORC with it's 1.5x4.5x32mm Bushnell Elite 3200 Firefly Riflescope on it. The longest two being slightly over 200 yards.

I would buy another Bushmaster in a heart beat. In fact a neighbor has a Bushmaster Stainless Varmint Special that he is talking about selling, so I may well have another Bushmaster before too long.

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Incoming!

I am picking-up a NIB Bushmaster M4 A3 (Izzy Brake) tomorrow at my local FFL. $910.00 on Gun Broker. This was one of the best prices I could find for this rifle. I have been looking around for a few months.

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I heard this one guy at band camp bought a bushmaster all mil-spec NIB for 25$. After firing 30 rounds he opened up the gun to clean it and it was filled with banana pudding. No pivot pins, no safety, no springs, just 100% banana pudding.
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Was the pudding well done from the direct gas system. Or was it a gas piston deal so the pudding was still raw!!
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I've got one of their 16 inch carbines. I also have a Rock River midlength that I carry on-duty, and I built a 20 inch out of a Rock River upper and CMMG lower.

Its probably apples and oranges to compare an M4 type rifle to a midlength or a 20 inch. I've never had any real problems out of my Bushmaster other than the Rock River NM trigger doesn't seem to want to work in it. It seems reasonably accurate, and its taken a fair amount of abuse from me and doesn't seem to mind.
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I have a Bushy A3 20", never a hiccup in 8 years. Was never a fan of the stock trigger. It is a great coyote gun ( take that Jim Zumbo)
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Gossman , how sturdy is the A3 Handle compaired to the solid fixed handle A2 , does it ever get lose when fixed to the rifle ?
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I've owned seveal Bushies. Never a problem. Have two of 'em now. An Iraq model with flat top and BUIS, and a 'patrol' model with handle. Not one problem with either and they shoot strait.
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New AR-15

Hello Gents, I'm new to this forum. I've been shopping for a rifle for some time. I had been thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14 or Mini 30, and then changed my mind after reading through the forum. In honor of Veteran's Day, I today bought my first rifle - a Bushmaster ORC AR-15. Haven't bought a scope yet, so I wanted to check here and see if anyone has recommendations for this rifle.

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Manwithnoname... first off -- Congratulations... and welcome to the boards. The scope question is a delicate one, and a multi-pronged one at the same time.

Answer these questions and then we'll be able to help you better sort out those needs...

- What do you plan to use the rifle (and scope) for...
-- Close Quarters Combat (home defense)
-- Tactical activities in an urban setting (inside 50-100 yds)
-- Long range tactical activities (outside 100 yds)
-- Hunting small game
-- Hunting larger game
-- Plinking at the range
-- Competition shooting (either practical shooting or target shooting)

- How much are you willing to spend?
-- Under $100
-- $100-300
-- $300-500
-- $500 and up

What is your level of experience with a scoped rifle?
-- You said this is "your" first rifle.
-- Do you have military or law enforcement experience?
-- Do you have any other experience shooting with a scope or just shooting a rifle?

These are the kinds of things people need to know to be able to help guide you through the selection process. Here's an example of what might have helped guide this question.
Hi gang. I just bought my first AR, a Bushmaster ORC AR-15. I'm looking for a scope for use as a home defense weapon, for trips to the range and maybe some competition shooting in a 3-gun competition. I don't have a lot of experience with this type of thing. I can spend up to about $300 for this accessory. Any advice for a new guy?
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Originally Posted by centurion View Post
Gossman , how sturdy is the A3 Handle compaired to the solid fixed handle A2 , does it ever get lose when fixed to the rifle ?
Sorry about the wait for a reply. Handle is very sturdy. I like the removable so I can have a scope on a QD mount and the carry handle stored on the rifle. This way I get the best of both worlds. CMP, Highpower, and other shoots I can go to the carry handle, F-class 600 yard, I can go to the scope.
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