Originally Posted By estoner:
This is a very typical post here. This forum is riddled with these type of customer compaints.
Go to the Colt forum and look at the posts. You will not see repetitive complaints about "out of spec" rifles.
Several issues here:
1) as F4YR points our Bushy sells alot more rifles (and they are actually shot - unlike most Colts).
2) Bushmaster has a presence her and if you have a problem they will answer it - unlike Colt (do they even HAVE a customer service or is it 'Marge' in payroll filling in today?)
3) Colt guys don't care about 'specs' - look at the rifles they buy, no front push pins, improper fire-control pin sized, plastic parts...
4) Even though some barrels may not be 'torqued' properly its really just a cosmetic issue. I have 2 BMs, one is torqued fine the other is off. Heck I don't care if the sight is all the way to one side - the rifle is reliable and shoots straight (out to a tested 500M). So why are you so hung up on the torque issue?
Bushmaster owners put way too much emphasis on customer service. Most Colt owners have never even called Colt.....They have never needed to.
You buy a product you expect a manufacturer to stand behind it. Bushmaster does, Colt does not. I can tell you stories abou the 'Customer Service' (or rather Lack thereof from Colts about a co-workers gun that DID need it - it was unreliable) After twice sending it back and waiting a month each time - when it finally returned it still wasn't fixed he had a local smith fix it on his dime. Some customer service.
Do your research and listen to your better judgement, not your purse strings.
Research indicates Bushmaster is consistently a better rifle, especially if you shoot it.
If you just want to look at the rifle or watch your 'pink label' (or whatever color of the month it is) rise in value then buy a Colt. If you're looking for a shootin-iron then Bushmaster is the better choice.
PS. all my Colts have metal buffers and the barrels have always been centered.
P.S. All my Bushmaster have metal trap doors, mil-spec fire control pins, and a front push pin, and they accept standard uppers w/o kludgy fixes. I can get parts at any gunshow (try that with a Colt). All of my Bushmaster have also been fired (and often!<G>). Best of all if there is a problem I KNOW it will get fixed and in a timely manner.