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4 years 51 weeks ago, 12:31 PM

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I'm still trying to figure out what AR rifle and caliber I should buy. I've always been told Buy Cheap Buy Twice! There are so many choices and so much info on AR's I don't know which way to go here! I need some info from you guys that have handled/used these guns (Military,Law Enforcement & Civilian). People who have fired lots of ammo, seen failure/reliability issues etc. If I'm going to spend between one to two grand for a rifle. I want one that is solid, reliable & accurate. I want to get into some tactical training and some marksmanship shooting. Which I also need some info and suggestions on. Thanks to anyone who can help a up and coming gun rookie/enthusiast.

4 years 51 weeks ago, 12:53 PM

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YHM rifles are of equal or superior quality to many of the much more highly priced rifles on the market. DPMS Panther also make many fine rifles too. was curious about something. you originally asked about AR rifles. ryo did not stop to consider if you meant long action or short action rifles. AR 15 rifles are of the short action type and generally fire the smaller caliber rounds. however if you are interested in an AR 10, which is a long action AR type rifle that fire heavy caliber rounds such as the Lapua 8.6mm x 70mm magnum round, ryo can make suggestions for you for this as well. however, such rifles are generally much more expensive.

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4 years 51 weeks ago, 1:02 PM

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Arigato Little Dragon,

Most llkely it will be a short action. But, I am considering the .308 as opposed to the .223 in case I am any good at marksmanship/long range shooting.

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4 years 51 weeks ago, 1:17 PM

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aebayrunner: ah so!

just remember there is a difference between the commercial .223 caliber such as the remington .223 round and the military class 5.56mm x 45mm round. you cannot fire military rounds out of a commercial .223 caliber rifle. you can fire .223 commercial rounds out of a military style 5.56mm although this is not really recommended. the reason is that the commercial .223 rounds actually measure .223 inches. however, the 5.56mm round really measures 5.7mm, which is a little more than .224 inches, so it's too big to fit in a rifle that is chamber for the commercial .223 caliber rifle. some rifles say you can fire both rounds out of it, but this just means it's chambered for the 5.56mm. ryo really likes military style rifles over commercial style rifles. you can purchase military style rifles, depending on the laws of your state, ryo live in texas so it easy, you just walk into gunshop and buy one, (of course ryo is underage so do this with father). the laws of north carolina are, ryo believe, very similar to texas so you should not have trouble purchasing a military style or a semi automatic 5.56mm x 45mm rifle in your area.

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4 years 51 weeks ago, 12:14 AM

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There is no difference in the diameter of the .223 or the 5.56mm. Both bullets are actually .224". The difference is the leade of the chambers, meaning the distance from the bolt face to the rifling is different. The leade is longer in a 5.56 chamber, meaning the 5.56 bullet isn't seated as deeply as the .223. This means if you chamber a 5.56 round in a .223 chamber, the bullet will be pushed tightly against the rifling, causing initial pressure to be very high. the 5.56 is also typically loaded to higher pressures than the .223 to begin with. As far as which brand, I have had two Bushmasters, one Carbon-15 and one M4A3, and both have been wonderful. Bushmaster has a true 5.56 chamber, meaning you can load whatever you want. I have fired a Rock River entry model and if you want to spoil yourself with a wonderful trigger from the factory, RR is the way to go.

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4 years 50 weeks ago, 7:12 PM

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Thanks for the tech. info. and the AR suggestions. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on lately to try and make a good choice before I buy. We have a gun show coming up the first week in August and I hope to purchase around that time. Thanks again for your info and suggestions.

4 years 50 weeks ago, 8:33 AM

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I have a number of ARs - Colt, Bushmaster & Stag Arms. I have dedicated uppers in 223, 9mm, 5.7, & 22LR. I've never had a problem with any of them although I haven't put too many rounds through the 5.7 since the ammo is pricey. The 22LR is a blast because it is cheap to shoot and since there is no buffer tube I have a folding stock on it.

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4 years 50 weeks ago, 12:26 PM

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I agree with my brother that this is really a waste of a post to have to tell somebody they have an incoming pm letter.

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