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 Is there a "best" lower receiver?
9mmkungfu  [Member]
3/13/2008 1:22:51 PM
I'm starting my first build and I'm looking around for a good lower receiver. I've come to find that almost all of the popular lower receivers are "good" receivers. Is there any one in particular that stands out as being one of the best if not the best, or is it like most things and just personal preference? Any ideas would be great. Thanks!
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Quarterbore  [Life Member]
3/13/2008 1:26:32 PM
I think most are very good. All of mine, with a single Colt Exception, are Bushmasters.

Now, I think LMT is likely the one that will end up being chosen as the best overall but we will see...

Still, I like Bushmaster and I am loyal to them...
rockstar4960  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 1:34:21 PM
there is no "best" there is only good or not good.
mr_wilson  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 1:36:26 PM
I own 1 - Bushmaster, 1 - Colt, 2 - DPMS and 2 - DoubleStar lowers and have no prefences toward picking one is better than another for IMO it's the "upper" where the true accuracy and reliability of the basic AR15/M16 lies.

As long as it's an "in-spec" lower with "quality" lower parts I could care less whose name's on it.

mike
9mmkungfu  [Member]
3/13/2008 1:36:51 PM
That's what I figured. Are the Sun Devil and POF billet lowers good? Since most are good I'm going to look at aesthetics and I've always been a fan of billet stuff.
Daubs  [Member]
3/13/2008 2:18:38 PM
I've heard mixed things about billet parts. One post said something about it being too hard and brittle. Mentioned bicycle parts were billet for awhile and breakage became a problem. Don't know just what I heard.

If you like the billet because of the bullet marked fire and safe pictograms RB Precision has Spikes lowers that are bullet marked. I'd spend more $$ on a trigger (Geissele SSA) and other accessories (i.e. rail tube, butt stock, young bolt carrier, flip sights, Dot sight).

If you really want Billet there is www.smosarms.com too.
gsd2053  [Member]
3/13/2008 2:22:21 PM
they instantly become "best" when they become mine.
rockstar4960  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 2:48:14 PM

Originally Posted By gsd2053:
they instantly become "best" when they become mine.

agreed
Heineken  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 2:54:56 PM

Originally Posted By rockstar4960:
there is no "best" there is only good or not good.


+1...

i had a sundevil...it looked cool causeit was a little different...but the thing i did not like is it was a little different sized in some areas...

for example...i put kns anti-rotational pins in it..which i have on all my lowers...they stuff out a little bit so i had to do some grinding...

i am partial to RRA..but its just my preference
Heineken  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 2:55:48 PM
oh ya..the thing i loveed about my sundevil though was that it was labeled "multi" for the caliber...most would not care...i just thought it was cool
5oulja  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 3:27:32 PM

Originally Posted By gsd2053:
they instantly become "best" when they become mine.


Agreed
DvlDog  [Member]
3/13/2008 3:56:49 PM
my favorite were from Century Arms. they were made by CMT (stag) and had CMT prefixes on the serial #'s they sold locally for $99 and they were dimensionally perfect too. Century had a nice non descript roll mark. just text. no gay deer heads or dragons or spiders or bullseyes. in my opinion if it isnt a rampant colt animals have no business on my magwell.


my buddy has used lauer lowers a couple of times. i dont like that roll mark either but it is supposedly an LMT lower. almost worth it.
CoffinNail  [Member]
3/13/2008 5:55:53 PM
Olympic Arms!!!!!!!.........Just Kidding.... I've always liked the POF-USA lowers.
votefromrooftops  [Member]
3/13/2008 6:03:29 PM
i vote for anvil arms but the best lowers are the ones that make liberals lose sleep at night
tbougie1  [Member]
3/13/2008 6:25:55 PM
four Saber Defence, LOVE 'EM
mogunr1  [Member]
3/13/2008 7:13:56 PM
Mega
















zlman  [Member]
3/13/2008 7:53:23 PM

Originally Posted By mogunr1:
Mega

+1 MEGA
Also been thinking real hard about these I'm thinking gray and od.














OhioAstromech  [Member]
3/13/2008 8:58:51 PM

Originally Posted By zlman:

Originally Posted By mogunr1:
Mega

+1 MEGA
Also been thinking real hard about these I'm thinking gray and od.




+1 on MEGA.
Especially JC Weaponry MEGA Receivers.










mvician  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 9:33:09 PM
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APDSWAT  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 9:36:01 PM
Any thoughs on DPMS lowers?
OhioAstromech  [Member]
3/13/2008 9:39:26 PM

Originally Posted By mvician:
ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=12&t=318113



Ok Ok...CMT is better but I love my MEGA.
pejope36  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 9:50:56 PM
an an RRA fan...never had any issues

dpms aren't to bad either
len0475  [Member]
3/13/2008 9:54:38 PM

Originally Posted By 9mmkungfu:
I'm starting my first build and I'm looking around for a good lower receiver. I've come to find that almost all of the popular lower receivers are "good" receivers. Is there any one in particular that stands out as being one of the best if not the best, or is it like most things and just personal preference? Any ideas would be great. Thanks!


I was in the same boat you were in a couple weeks ago. Now I'm waiting for my lower to arrive at my FFL so I can pick it up. After doing alot of reading and researching, especially the tacked thread in the "lower receiver/upper receiver" forum, I came to the conclusion that:

People will recommend what they are loyal too.

Regardless the reason may be. Whether they were treated correctly by the manufacturer's customer service, the product was very well designed, or they just had a great overall experience with it. Even if the product were slighly out of spec or the finish was not top notch, perhaps they were "wowed" over by the way the company handled the warranty situation. Some people will forgive and move on. Others will bash and bash until the horse is beat into bits and pieces and still continue to beat it.

So it was a tough decision for me. There wasn't some standard measurement. Most if not all manufacturers have problems. Some more than others. What I ended basing my purchase decision was which company had the least amount of problems. I knew that once I narrowed my search down to a hand full, I can make a list of the pro's and con's of each. I factored in the support history of the manufacturer. I factored in common issues with each lower. Since all of them will be used for the same purpose and differ slightly, if any at all, I decided which one would look the best for my overall goals of the rifle.

Because of this, I made the decision to purchase a POF lower. And not because they are the best, but they were the "best" for me. This will be my first build and my first time ever dealing with their company. But I try to at least be very objective and unbiased about any product and allowing the individuals to make their decisions based off of information.

No one is wrong or right in the scenario. And even if you picked the worst company to deal with, you may have a great product. Or perhaps you picked the best company to deal with, you may have a bad product. So I would recommend at least doing what I did and narrowing your search down based on people's opinion. But be objective about it and smart. I normally disregard responses like, "I've dealt with Colt all my life and I tried one product once and I'll never go astray again." Responses like that doesn't have enough information to make an educated guess on. Maybe that one time that that person dealt with a different company, they just so happened to get a bad copy.

And I know I'm guilty of this also, but there's a placebo affect also. Sometimes your loyalty to one company may unconsciously play in your mind and make you think that every else is garbage compared to your company of choice.

Well, now I'm rambling. Good luck and happy hunting. Sorry for the psychology lesson.
mvician  [Team Member]
3/13/2008 9:57:28 PM

Originally Posted By APDSWAT:
Any thoughs on DPMS lowers?


I have one.....not too shabby it's one of the better things DPMS makes.
9mmkungfu  [Member]
3/14/2008 12:21:38 AM
Thanks everyone for the replies, and the link (although it didn't say much about the billet lowers).
speedjunkie  [Member]
3/14/2008 12:41:33 AM
I had a simular question also. I was looking into these lowers: Anvil Arms, Spikes Tactical, Stag, Mega, and Sun Devil. I know the Sun devil are billett but are there any real advantages of them or as long as they are mill spec then it doesn't matter. I was just looking at stripped not assembled. Because for now on I think I am doing everything myself.
sureshot649  [Member]
3/14/2008 5:20:14 AM
Cavalry Arms MKII. A whole pound lighter than any other AR lower..
srlee  [Team Member]
3/14/2008 9:33:50 AM
RRA, Bushmaster, Essential Arms, SMOARMS Rogue 50.

No problems here, all of them went together without any trouble
monkeyman  [Member]
3/14/2008 9:47:23 AM
For what it's worth....

I have the following:

1 Olympic pre-ban SGW stopsign lower I bought in 1986
1 Century Arms (made by CMT)
2 Stag lowers (made by CMT)
1 Olympic "Plinker" (cast)
2 Cav Arms, 1 orginal and one MkII.
1 Cav Arms "Cav Aid 08" on order
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