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Posted: 7/2/2012 3:24:10 PM EDT
interested in hearing the differences between lowers? is it just brandname or is there more to it?
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:31:10 PM EDT
I like my LMT lowers, but it does not matter to me as long as the milling is well done and the finish is good.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:34:22 PM EDT
Spikes Tactical Stripped Lowers... good finish, good rep, cool logo, and you can find them for a very reasonable price!
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:35:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/2/2012 3:35:28 PM EDT by radian23]
Mega Machine lower for the rollmark, being in spec, multi caliber, fit and finish, brand following.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:48:30 PM EDT
Aero for forged....high quality, subtle, professional-looking roll mark.
Mega for billet.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:48:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By radian23:
Mega Machine lower for the rollmark, being in spec, multi caliber, fit and finish, brand following.


+1
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:50:44 PM EDT
McKay Enterprises via Nodak Spud
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:52:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bending_rodriguez:
Originally Posted By radian23:
Mega Machine lower for the rollmark, being in spec, multi caliber, fit and finish, brand following.


+1


I also prefer Mega Machine for the above mentioed reasons.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:58:28 PM EDT
I've been using JD Machine Tech, and the quality is awesome, but my new favorite is the Seekins....
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 5:21:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By insidetheten:
I've been using JD Machine Tech, and the quality is awesome, but my new favorite is the Seekins....





Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:02:23 PM EDT
Palmetto State Armory all day long and twice on Sunday.





Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:09:51 PM EDT

Looks way too blingy/ricey, IMO.

Originally Posted By panzersergeant:
Palmetto State Armory all day long and twice on Sunday.

Yup.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:13:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Direct-Drive:
Aero for forged....high quality, subtle, professional-looking roll mark.
Mega for billet.


I have seen many of your posts. You seem to be quite knowledgeable about AR's. Based on my searchings, I have to say that i'm a bit surprised that you chose Aero. I don't see anything wrong with them, but they seem to be the last ones in stock at most of the stores I have been to, and not many people on here will list them as a favorite.

I am slowly working on getting things together for my first attempt at a build. Aero was one of my top candidates. Mainly because that I had not seen much negative about them, they seem to be easier to find in stock than most others and the price is really good compared to others. If they are good enough for you, why do they not seem good enough for the masses?

Thanks
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:15:25 PM EDT
I like Spikes...
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:15:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:18:16 PM EDT
Last year a coworker/buddy of mine found the Aero lowers for 49 bucks a piece.  He bought 5 of them for trading fodder.  He ended up building with two of them and I was VERY impressed with the fit anf finish of the product.  

They worked very well for the builds too.  I wouldnt hesitate to buy an Aero.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:23:54 PM EDT
Essential Arms with the tuff coat
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 7:01:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/2/2012 7:01:21 PM EDT by zbroome]
Originally Posted By dphill:
Essential Arms with the tuff coat


made right down the street from me

Link Posted: 7/2/2012 7:07:45 PM EDT
The cheapest one.  
 
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 7:11:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/2/2012 7:20:35 PM EDT by FortyFiveAutomatic]
I'm partial to Essential Arms, excellent finish, smooth lines, no flashing
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 7:20:23 PM EDT
PSA, I have never had a problem with them they always fit together good and are cheap and have good quality, although those Seekins look pretty cool!
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 7:28:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 7:59:53 PM EDT
Doublestar, I know alot of the employees and they are teflon coated.
 
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 8:52:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Falcon09:
The cheapest one.    


Amen to that.

My first build was a Del-Ton upper\rifle kit and a Del-Ton stripped lower. Haven't had a single problem with it and it's seem some rounds go through it. In the next few weeks I'm going to order a Surplus Ammo and Arms Lower ($80 http://www.surplusammo.com/surplus-ammo-arms-ar15-stripped-lower-receiver/).

To me, it's just a piece of aluminum that holds a trigger group\magazine\stock\upper. It doesn't really do much else work-wise.. The only receiver I could actually see spending money on (I'm talking a pimped-out SBR or a super nice build) would be a KAC SR-15 lower, which run about $700 completed.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 5:36:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/3/2012 5:37:45 AM EDT by Coolride17]
Double Star, because their over priced, and still in stock everywhere .
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 6:01:37 AM EDT
I went with an Armalite stripped lower that was available at my local gun shop.  It was $130 out the door.  That's a little high, but the quallity was excellent.  I understand they do all their own in-house CNC  and finish work.  I'd use them again.



Link Posted: 7/3/2012 6:27:49 AM EDT
Sabre when they were in business...just bought a Stag...no reason, if everything fits, it's my new favorite lower...
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 6:57:27 AM EDT
I like Spike's.  They have always been reasonably priced (unless you were stupid and bought direct after the elections) and have excellent machining that removes the leftover forging on the seams.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 7:58:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By arnuhring:
Spikes Tactical Stripped Lowers... good finish, good rep, cool logo, and you can find them for a very reasonable price!


NUFF SAID !
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 8:18:18 AM EDT
I think Armalite has the best looking, plain, no frilly weird crap lower available.



Love that classic roll mark too!


 
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 8:36:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Snake_driver:
I went with an Armalite stripped lower that was available at my local gun shop.  It was $130 out the door.  That's a little high, but the quallity was excellent.  I understand they do all their own in-house CNC  and finish work.  I'd use them again.

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb324/Snake_driver/lower_01.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb324/Snake_driver/Lower_02.jpg


Isn't that a Cerro key hole forge mark?

I have used several lowers and Palmetto is currently my favorite.  I have also used Rock River Arms, STAG, and Surplus Arms and Ammo.  I'm very interested in eth Lone Star Armory billet lowers for my next build.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 8:41:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/3/2012 8:42:20 AM EDT by Snake_driver]
Originally Posted By balloo93:
Originally Posted By Snake_driver:
I went with an Armalite stripped lower that was available at my local gun shop.  It was $130 out the door.  That's a little high, but the quallity was excellent.  I understand they do all their own in-house CNC  and finish work.  I'd use them again.

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb324/Snake_driver/lower_01.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb324/Snake_driver/Lower_02.jpg


Isn't that a Cerro key hole forge mark?

I have used several lowers and Palmetto is currently my favorite.  I have also used Rock River Arms, STAG, and Surplus Arms and Ammo.  I'm very interested in eth Lone Star Armory billet lowers for my next build.


Yep, I understand Armalite gets the rough castings from Cerro and then does all the fine CNC & finish work in-house at their factory.

ETA:  Stag has a nice product too for their lowers.  I like the roll-mark.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 8:49:07 AM EDT
Spikes Tactical Lowers!!!!! The fit, finish, nice deep lettering and functionality.

The casting and finish is better than my Colt.


Stephen
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 9:22:04 AM EDT
I have several Aero Precision lowers cause of their connection to Boeing:  Aero Precision is a subcontractor to Boeing, who made the mighty 727 I fly.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 9:46:16 AM EDT
Aero Precision is nearly perfect in every way. and they are cheap.

The old RRA with the plain text logo

The old Century arms. Plain text roll mark with a CMT serial number (made by stag)

Sabre

Noveske


I like in-spec lowers with low key professional looking roll marks. No deer heads, no spiders, no big stupid shit on both sides of the mag well.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 10:23:45 AM EDT
which of these lowers are the lightest? if anyone knows please share
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 10:53:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By brad01:
which of these lowers are the lightest? if anyone knows please share


Umm... ok. Well if they are all in-spec forged lowers I would expect them all to be within 1oz of eachother. If one is lighter there is a problem.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 12:01:39 PM EDT
sorry, I should have been more specific. does anyone know the weight if the seekins? the trigger guard being punched out and the curved mag well looks like it might be lighter than Aero or Mega for example. Mega is 8.7oz
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 12:19:02 PM EDT
York Arms. Absolutely phenomenal quality, custom serials/selectors for no charge, and custom magwell engraving for minor upcharges.

(And the takedown detent hole is threaded for a set screw!)

They're my new go-to for lowers.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 12:44:28 PM EDT
I can't believe poeple have forgot SA&A there good and CHEAP!  I like the LRB arms lowers there good and pretty cheap....
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 12:50:56 PM EDT
The Seekins SP223 lower weighs in at 10.95oz
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 1:10:32 PM EDT
Any lower I own may at some time may be sold. Therefore, I have stopped buying DPMS, SA&A and some of the other not so known brands.
I have owned all of the ones I mentioned, and had a hard time moving them.
Swap the DPMS with a Spikes, and my in box explodes. Same internals as well.
Any time I make a build now, I use PSA or Spikes. There is no difference at all. PSA is my go to, as I have a friend who buys at their Platinum level (or something like that) and passes the savings on to me.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 1:47:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DitchDr:
Originally Posted By bending_rodriguez:
Originally Posted By radian23:
Mega Machine lower for the rollmark, being in spec, multi caliber, fit and finish, brand following.


+1


I also prefer Mega Machine for the above mentioed reasons.


+ 3
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 1:58:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By markfall:
I think Armalite has the best looking, plain, no frilly weird crap lower available.

Love that classic roll mark too!
 


I knew I couldn't be the only one here who hates all the pictograms, and big flamboyant roll marks!!!

I really don't like my lowers to be marked "MULTI" either.

Link Posted: 7/3/2012 2:55:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/3/2012 2:58:32 PM EDT by j3_]
Only two actual manufacturers lowers I have never had  a problem  with or noticed anything  unusual about were LAR lowers and JV Precision Machine made lowers.

The old Coal Valley  Eagle Arms lowers were really nicely made lowers also.

My favorite lower is the Rat Worx lower. Just love the Rat logo for some reason.
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