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Bowmaker99
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Posted: 12/14/2009 2:58:03 PM EST
Who has the best stripped lower for the money?

Should I go with a DMPS lower kit, RRA, ?
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Posted: 12/14/2009 3:05:43 PM EST
CMMG, Doublestar, Spikes have that darker "glossier" look and are great lowers in my books.

RRA and Stag are good too but their finish has a duller grayish look.

I would avoid the DPMS lpk, my last build consisted of their lpk and their rear take down pin was out of spec.
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Posted: 12/14/2009 3:24:29 PM EST
For the money, it's hard to beat the Spikes at 89.99
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Posted: 12/14/2009 3:55:35 PM EST
Mega Machine Shop for $99.95. They are they best looking lowers I have ever seen; perfect finish, and not a tool mark on them.
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Posted: 12/14/2009 4:09:46 PM EST
Ask ten people this question and you will get ten different answers.

There are many good lowers out there. Pick the one that you like. I happen to like RRA as I like their color and have never had an issue with them. They put out some "seconds" where they had installed an insert to correct an out-of-spec hole. No big deal for function, but some didn't like the way it looked. These were sold cheaply as they were sort of seconds. Normal price range for good lowers where I live is $79 up.
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Posted: 12/14/2009 4:13:39 PM EST
spikes

Liked them so much I got 5 of them.
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Posted: 12/14/2009 4:17:02 PM EST
MEGA Machine gets a vote in my book.
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Posted: 12/14/2009 5:04:08 PM EST
My vote goes to AGP Arms.... Flat black milspec finish, Pmags frop free everytime(EDM magewells). Love the new U.S. flag engraved on the front of the mag well too. Has both Pito and regular "SAFE/FIRE/AUTO" marking available andd adjustable trigger set up that is pretty cool. Site sponsor too. I own 3. I have used DPMS,Rockriver and Doublestar LPK's with ease. Not too shabby for a $99 lower.
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Posted: 12/14/2009 5:47:23 PM EST
Spikes for 89.99 or the doublestar for 110.00, i own 6 of the double star and one spikes, both are great!!
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Posted: 12/14/2009 6:23:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By azlester:
My vote goes to AGP Arms.... Flat black milspec finish, Pmags frop free everytime(EDM magewells). Love the new U.S. flag engraved on the front of the mag well too. Has both Pito and regular "SAFE/FIRE/AUTO" marking available andd adjustable trigger set up that is pretty cool. Site sponsor too. I own 3. I have used DPMS,Rockriver and Doublestar LPK's with ease. Not too shabby for a $99 lower.


+1 - my first AGP lower arrived today, a custom .22LR marked one. It looks fantastic! Good people, too.

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Posted: 12/17/2009 10:06:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By bcooke212:
Mega Machine Shop for $99.95. They are they best looking lowers I have ever seen; perfect finish, and not a tool mark on them.


Megas are the tits.
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Posted: 12/18/2009 5:12:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By forever4:
Ask ten people this question and you will get ten different answers.


I say Spikes.
Well, I counted seven different answers out of ten people.
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Posted: 12/18/2009 5:23:22 AM EST
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How about $109.99 WITH a DPMS LPK. The Aero Precision may be IMPOSSIBLE to beat.

I am hooked on it, might as well be called Brown Sugar.

ETA: If you like Spikes keep in mind Aero Precision is one of their suppliers for lowers.
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Posted: 12/18/2009 5:30:41 AM EST
I have only used 2 types of stripped lowers so far and i can't see a big differance in the RRA or Spikes, enought to concern me.I do prefer the caliber marking of 5.56 on the RRA
and not to crazy of Multi. For price its got to be the Spikes for $89.Once they have been rubbed down with CLP a few times the RRA appears smoother finish to me and the color the same.
I have tryed RRA and Spikes lowers on RRA,and LMT uppers and they fit great, a lttle tight at first but settle in nicely.


RRA upper/RRA lower below...
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Posted: 12/18/2009 2:26:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By Kiznelly:
How about $109.99 WITH a DPMS LPK. The Aero Precision may be IMPOSSIBLE to beat.

I am hooked on it, might as well be called Brown Sugar.

ETA: If you like Spikes keep in mind Aero Precision is one of their suppliers for lowers.

+1 Great lowers; Surplus Ammo is great dealer. Link to article about Aero Precision
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Posted: 12/18/2009 5:42:23 PM EST
I used to get Stag lowers in CT, They are made in New Britain CT, for 80 bucks a pop. I'd get a CMT M4 upper and I have never in any one of seven builds with this set up seen or felt any play in between. In one setup, you actually have to push down and hammer the take down pins in. Super Tight!

Mega's are great too.

Rock River in my opinion, and don't get mad, have a LOT of play in them. I bought a complete lower with their two stage, and It slops around every upper I have.

Stag, Mega, I have not built Spikes but everyone I know with one loves em. I just hate, and I know it's sacrilige, that silly spider, almost as much as I hate that stupid Deer's head on the Stag! But, it's not about looks, it's about what works.
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Posted: 12/18/2009 6:11:49 PM EST
I've never had any play issues in 3 RRAs I've built mated to 3 different RRA uppers.
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Posted: 12/18/2009 7:12:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By ckay:
I've never had any play issues in 3 RRAs I've built mated to 3 different RRA uppers.

Yeah its usually the oposite at really tight...then lossens up after a while.

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Posted: 12/18/2009 7:23:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By texjames:
Originally Posted By ckay:
I've never had any play issues in 3 RRAs I've built mated to 3 different RRA uppers.

Yeah its usually the oposite at really tight...then lossens up after a while.



Yep...I put an LMT on top of it, and had to force the rear down.
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Posted: 12/19/2009 3:55:10 AM EST
New lowers are really close in quality (except for a few). Ask ten people here what to do and they will give you nine different answers. What makes a difference is if and when you decide to sell the rifle. If you are selling to the general public you must remember that they will not know some names. I was in a big shop last week and a guy some a couple of ARs marked "LWRC". He looked at his buddy and said, "No way would I pay this much for some rifle I never heard of". So, to them that name meant nothing other than they DIDN'T want that "overpriced" rifle. On the other hand, they looked at Bushmaster, Rock River, ArmaLite and Colt and considered them.

So, the AR boys here will have their favorite brands and will tell you how wonderful they are. That's all well and good. And, while you think you will have this wonderful rifle forever, you may not. I have been shooting for more years than most members here have been alive. I have seen a lot of firearms come and go. I know that at my age that at some point in the future I will be selling this pile of AR's I have collected. When that time comes I want to have names on them that John Q. Public newbie AR buyer will be familiar with. So, I stick to name brand mainstream lowers. They work fine, never give me a moments problems and they are marketable when I decide to let go of them.

I watched dealers at gun shows this past year trying to sell AR's to the masses. Their buyers were Newbies that didn't know a lot. But, they knew some names and that was what they were sticking to. I heard one dealer talking to his buddy and he was telling him, "If we could just put Bushmaster or Colt on these rifles they would all be sold by now".

If you don't care about resale, don't worry about it. Get the cheapest or the name of the week lower. I will make you a bet, however. Look at all the AR's people on this site have today. I'll bet you next weeks paycheck that 90% of them will be sold sometime. Some will go to people "in the know" and they will buy a Spikes or a LWRC, or whatever. But the majority of them will go to newbie buyers who may well have never heard those names. The well known name lowers will sell on average for more money. Its just the way it is.
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Posted: 12/19/2009 4:02:42 AM EST
Originally Posted By Kiznelly:
How about $109.99 WITH a DPMS LPK. The Aero Precision may be IMPOSSIBLE to beat.

I am hooked on it, might as well be called Brown Sugar.

ETA: If you like Spikes keep in mind Aero Precision is one of their suppliers for lowers.


Wow, that is a good price.
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Posted: 12/19/2009 8:57:54 PM EST
Aero Precision (why of course)
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Posted: 12/20/2009 1:26:55 AM EST
Essential Arms for me.
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Posted: 12/20/2009 5:29:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By TigerForce:
Originally Posted By Kiznelly:
How about $109.99 WITH a DPMS LPK. The Aero Precision may be IMPOSSIBLE to beat.

I am hooked on it, might as well be called Brown Sugar.

ETA: If you like Spikes keep in mind Aero Precision is one of their suppliers for lowers.

+1 Great lowers; Surplus Ammo is great dealer. Link to article about Aero Precision


I just got this and an upper to match. Everything went together perfectly on both receivers, exact color match and there is almost no play between them You can't beat it for less than $180 + upper parts.
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Posted: 12/20/2009 9:28:32 AM EST
Back when Obama was about to be elected, it was hard to find a good lower at a cheap price . Spikes to me took full advantage of this and jacked up the price and being a noob to the AR platform I was about to spend 260 dollars on a lower from them, this is after shipping and FFL fee's . That is when I went deeper into my search and found Essential Arms lower for $107 after shipping and ffl fee's. Ordered 2 and never looked back, now I am up to 5 Essential Arm's lower builds and will order more. They make a very good product, and the Stag lpk's I use in them fit nice My vote is for Essential, not only for a great product and customer service but at a time when everyone else was taking advantage of the noobs flooding the market. They kept prices down on a Quality product.
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Posted: 12/20/2009 9:35:14 AM EST
heard alot of the same regarding spikes, wonder why they dont chime in on this
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