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Posted: 4/7/2011 10:05:53 PM EDT
My father is currently looking to build a somewhat low cost varmint/target rifle. He has already built his lower and is now shopping around for a complete upper w/BCG or at least a built upper minus BCG. He has settled on a free float tube and 20" barrel. Most likely he will be shooting primarily factory reload 55gr .223 at 100-300yds but the ability to shoot 5.56 would be nice so it seems a barrel chambered in either 5.56 or .223 Wilde would be best. He's looking to spend about $600 on a complete upper w/BCG but preferably less if possible. He wants to get as close as he can to a tack driver for that price.  So far he has been looking at the following:

20" Bull Barrel Upper Half from Ranger Sales:

AR-15 Varmint Upper Half with ER Shaw Stainless Steel Barrel from Gelati International:

20" Varmint Upper Half from Model 1 Sales:

I have not been able to find much about how reputable these companies are which is why I am posting here. Also all these uppers seem to carry E.R. Shaw barrels. Have you guys had any experience with these barrels? Would it be better to just stick with a well known brand such as RRA instead of the companies listed above?

Thanks for the advice,

Link Posted: 4/9/2011 6:11:36 AM EDT
I've got two barrels from model 1, buddy bought a complete upper from them. Our experience has been positive. All 3 have proven to be very accurate rifles.
Link Posted: 4/22/2011 2:34:37 AM EDT
I own 2 Model-1 uppers in 7.62x39 and both do very well at our 100yd range. They use a Shaw barrel. I have friends that shoot the 5.56 Model-1's and they do well too. My experiance with Gelati Int. has not been a good one. All I have done is look to by parts and the shipping exceeds thee part cost! Beware.
Link Posted: 4/22/2011 3:57:59 AM EDT
I have bought a barrel and several smaller parts from M1 Sales.  All have been just fine.  Can't say anything about the other two companies though.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 1:31:29 PM EDT
I'm looking to build about the same thing.

I'm currently looking at these:


It doesn't say on there, and I confirmed with email that the barrels are 416 stainless steel, chambered in 5.56.    So far they are cheaper than I can find similar uppers for on other websites, and I haven't seen a bad review of them yet.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 3:21:27 PM EDT
I believe the Galati offerings are Model 1 products.
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