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Old December 15, 2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Is a Bushmaster a good AR?

I know of a Bushmaster AR chambered for 223-5.56. I would like to know if these are good, or if there are better ones out there. $850.00.
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Old December 15, 2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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Can't tell you much more than i know 3 people out at the range I shoot at that have them. They seem to be very Happy with them. If I remember right ( and memory is not good ) I think the only issue they have with them was the trigger pull.
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Old December 15, 2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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Yeah bad triggers are bad, but usually can be sharpened up. I need to know about reliability, accuracy, and if the price is stiff.
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Old December 15, 2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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I am very happy with my M&P Sport at a price of about $575.00.
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Old December 15, 2012, 07:30 PM   #5
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M&P meaning a Remington used?
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Old December 15, 2012, 07:34 PM   #6
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I have a couple of friends who have them, they are fine rifle. Can't really remember any bushmaster complains. I don't like there logo, is about all the bad things I have to say about bushmaster.
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Old December 15, 2012, 08:23 PM   #7
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Bushmaster

I carried my own Ar15 for duty, it is a Bushmaster XM-15. I served me well through Patrol Rifle Class and then through Patrol Rifle Instructor Class. Have shot a lot of rounds through this gun and she is still going. I have put all the bells and whistles on it, short of the coffee cup holder. (LOL) Very happy with my Bushmaster.

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Old December 15, 2012, 08:32 PM   #8
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M&P...as in Smith and Wesson. Got mine for $630, works fine.
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Old December 15, 2012, 08:42 PM   #9
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Sounds like the rifle has a relatively clean bill of health, but 850 sounds steep. I should offer 600 out the door.
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Old December 15, 2012, 09:17 PM   #10
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I believe S & W MP has a $100 rebate right now.

I know there is lots of discussion about 223 vs 5.56.

Interchangable?? or not?
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Old December 15, 2012, 09:20 PM   #11
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I believe the M & P doesn't have the carry handle which is a plus. None of my other rifles have a handle, works for me.
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Old December 15, 2012, 09:25 PM   #12
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At $850 there are better choices than Bushamster. You might want to give PSA a look.
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Old December 15, 2012, 09:29 PM   #13
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Coyota the newer bushmasters have detachable carry handle, just an fyi. I see the bushmasters for 850 at Walmart around here.
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Old December 15, 2012, 10:01 PM   #14
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The M&P Sport seemed quite a bit less than their other AR rifles. I noticed it had a 16" barrel. I would like longer, less muzzle blast. 22" would be perfect. I could take another look at the rifle in question and see if the handle is detachable, but I have little hope the price will come down low enough for me. I am a bolt action guy, and except for my M1 carbine I don't have a centerfire semi auto.. yet, so I am feeling a bit green at the moment. That's why I started this thread. Part of doing homework.
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Old December 15, 2012, 10:17 PM   #15
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Bushmaster and M&P Sport

First, there is nothing wrong with the Bushmaster. It is the current contract rifle for my department. It actually came in second behind the Rock River Arms, but was less expensive and met all the requirements.

IMHO the Sport is the most bang for the buck. I have had excellent results with the sport and it is department approved to carry on duty as a patrol rifle for those wishing to carry their own rifle.
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Old December 15, 2012, 10:21 PM   #16
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BWT, I would be happy to own either one at this point, I just want to get the price down.
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Old December 16, 2012, 12:44 AM   #17
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for the .223 and 5.56 interchangeability. I have a 5.56 barrel so I don't have any experience mind you

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Old December 16, 2012, 05:54 AM   #18
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bushmaster

I have had no problems with mine it will take 223 and 556 it is very accurate.
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Old December 16, 2012, 07:23 AM   #19
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Asking if a Bushmaster is ok at $850 is like asking if a Silverado pickup is a deal at $30k. New? Used? How used? Features and options? Gotta know the exact model to know.

Trigger upgrade? Muzzle device?
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Old December 16, 2012, 11:47 AM   #20
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Bushmaster is not liked much on the ar-15 specific forums but I see no problems with them and would buy one myself.

I have an M&P sport and love it! Didn't get mine for $5 change but even at $699 was a great value for me...I do not need nor want the Bulky forward assist ...I would of liked the dust cover but not a deal breaker.
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Old December 16, 2012, 12:08 PM   #21
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Asking if a Bushmaster is ok at $850 is like asking if a Silverado pickup is a deal at $30k. New? Used? How used? Features and options? Gotta know the exact model to know.

As I mentioned I am not familiar with AR semi autos. That's why I posted this. I may go back and see if this rifle has options.. removable handle, muzzle break, year produced, model number... I could go back to the shop and look for my own education, but this dealer is known for marking up everything higher than the market can bare, and not coming down. I was in the shop when the guy was about to trade it for a muzzle loading rifle. I hinted at the guy to meet me in the parking lot after he said he would give me a deal on it. Well, he didn't get it. The shop ended up with it, probably giving him 400 tops for it.

I just got the itch when I handled the rifle. It felt well balanced, nice to hold. I may be destined to get an AR now.
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Old December 16, 2012, 12:35 PM   #22
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You'll do just fine with the Bushmaster. Many PD officers carry that brand. Is it the A2 (attached handle) or A3 (detachable handle)? Mine is the A2 and it has served me well. Not one malfunction with 1000 rounds plus. The A3 has more options for sights/optics, etc. <.....>
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Old December 16, 2012, 12:35 PM   #23
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I had a couple of Bushmaster AR's and there was nothing at all wrong with them. They were my "entry" AR's. know that they are perfectly fine for the majority of their owners. Trust me on this, they are fine rifles. There are better and their are worse.
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Old December 16, 2012, 12:47 PM   #24
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Have had mine for a couple years and am completely satisfied with it. Never had any problems of any kind.
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Old December 16, 2012, 12:47 PM   #25
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i know 3 people out at the range I shoot at that have them.
Do they shoot back? (LOL)

I bought a Bushmaster with removable handle. Nothing wrong with this rifle at all. The trigger was pretty gritty, but the addition of a RRA 2 stage match trigger (~100) improved it's shootability immensely. Not fond of the logo but that's the only complaint.

Bushmaster used to be thought of very well. Only after the onslaught of Match rifles came on the market did their rep go down. Sort of how Ruger used to be the underdog, they're good solid rifles and accuracy & reliability are very good for for a production rifle. People are just so demanding nowadays, and have to have the best or think they do. It's all in people head.
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