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Old November 17th, 2018, 12:27 AM #1
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Quality HBAR upper suggestions?

Hey Guys,

Looking for a quality HBAR upper 16". I'm hesitant to buy from Bear Creek and Radical firearms b/c they usually make the "budget" rifles. Do you guys have any recommendations? I've seen some quality from anderson, but they're almost entirely in 20" (tradeoff is the ballistics, reduce probability of bullet tumble), and of course the maneuverability in close quarters or being able to peek around obstacles. (obvious i'm looking for a defense shtf rifle)

I've owned a budget upper for quite sometime for range use.

I honestly can't tell a difference from Colts I've shot before, but I haven't put 200 rounds through it in succession (put over 2,000 rounds at range no problem). I want to buy a quality upper to get the reliability. I have a aero precision milspec lower that I'd like to keep (otherwise I'd just order the m4 variant from colt).

Thinking about Delton
https://www.del-ton.com/Custom_Upper_p/cu100.htm

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Old November 17th, 2018, 01:42 AM #2
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Desired price point ? ie most economical that will do ? Not a big issues as long as sort of in the middle ? Money no object ?

From your post, I read an emphasis on reliability . Any thoughts about accuracy potential ? More or less average, similar to milspec ? Or seeking the MOA potential ?

While of course you can later change the forend, etc , it's usually cheaper to get as close to your preferences from the mfg as package . Any preferences ? Old school GI ? ( fill in blank tacticool ) ? No big deal either way ?

Added - In the Maryland HBAR universe , the 16in is the overwhelming favorite , primarily for reasons of balance . 20in Heavy profiles will be noticeably muzzle heavy , unless you prefer that of course . Likewise Md'ers are particularly attuned to fluting to address balance issues . ( The absolute weight differences of 16 vs 20 , and fluted vs non aren't huge , but when it's concentrated in the bbl , it effects balance, particularly for offhand shooting .)
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Old November 17th, 2018, 07:49 AM #3
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As stated in other threads, even the "best" manufacturers are putting out less than desirable products these days. I would buy decent parts and either gauge and assemble myself or have a real expert do it for you.
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As stated in other threads, even the "best" manufacturers are putting out less than desirable products these days. I would buy decent parts and either gauge and assemble myself or have a real expert do it for you.
This^^^ Why not build it? Get an Aero Precision upper receiver, Fulton Armory makes a nice 16" HBAR (and it's stamped as an HBAR) in a .223 chambered Wylde 1:8 twist. Mine is very accurate-- I've run a couple thousand rounds through it--takes .223 and 5.56 "like butta". Never had a FTF or any other glitch. Plus you have the satisfaction of owning your own work.
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i would look at Windham Weaponry uppers if I weren't going to build my own. They may even have them on sale this week. I have the heavy barreled dissipator upper.
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Rock River Arms makes a nice upper.
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I'll throw this in. I can't vouch for Radical Arms's uppers, but they do have excellent customer service.
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If you want the best, get an LWRC DI. Fluted HBAR saves weight. Everything they make is built like a tank and very reliable. Fit and finish are eceptional as well. Buy once, cry once.

The only negative is some of the parts are proprietary. Get one with the M-Lok rail.

If this is truly a rifle you will use to protect your life, dont look for the cheapest.

BCM is cheaper, but very reliable.

YMMV
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I'll throw this in. I can't vouch for Radical Arms's uppers, but they do have excellent customer service.
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