Originally Posted By RyanM:
I equated the "tier" thread and bashing thread to some other forums I'm on. Porsche guys will always bash on Corvettes. Why? Because they spend a hell of a lot more for similar performance.
I have to ask, though, how hot and dirty did the rifle get during those 300 rounds? It's really more like, DPMSes are like Fords, LMTs are like getting a used Corvette with an ugly paint job, and Colt is more like a Porche. If you never go faster than 65 mph (or only go fast on the straightaways
), you'll never notice a difference between a Ford and a Porche. It's only when you exceed the "speed limit" of a square range and regular cleanings, that the extra cost of some brands become evident.
It's also kind of a myth that cost determines your "tier." LMT's pricing is right about the same as Bushmaster's, but one's at the top and one's at the bottom.
On the other hand, you'd be very
hard-pressed to beat DPMS for price to quality ratio. And as you've found, it's not worth paying extra for capacity you'll probably never use. At the very least, I'd say that the "tier" system is correct in that DPMS and Bushmaster are about the same quality, where it matters.
I did not look at how hot and dirty the rifle got, as the average joe would not, nor would a soldier, the weapon is shot as needed. If you want to go that far take a look at US Military dust testing; the M4 basically failed, but our soldiers don't see that, why? Because they don't shoot that many rounds in the dust. If you just look at a spreadsheet the weapon sucks in general, in the sand. Secondly the tier system only correlates to process of the products, meaning how they are built/created. Their are many ways to skin a cat, none is wrong (in the sense of the saying), non are right. Chevy still builds a push rod engine that competes with engines built with a ton more advancement.
A tier system only looks at that, it doesn't actually test products. The tier system is only good for people who know their needs(i.e. Am I a soldier, Am I a police officer, Am I doing carbine class after carbine class, Am I teaching class, Am I plinking once a month, etc.). If you look at it in real world values then it make sense. I am not saying that brand X is better than brand X. However I am saying that for my mission brand X is perfect and brand X is overkill. Don't get me wrong the tier system shows which is better, but it doesn't show which is better for what.
Basically people read into it too much and get to focused on certain brands while not looking at what their needs are. Sure some companies build stuff for professionals and there is nothing wrong with that, but in the real world terms how many people need those items? Is the quality good for what you want/need to do.....