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Posted: 11/10/2003 7:06:29 AM EDT
So guys/gals, since my Essential Arms lower was cast by Ruger and is inferior to a forged one, should I get rid of it or am I worried about nothing? I don't want to have to depend on this rifle and have it fail due to a poor weak lower.

Link Posted: 11/10/2003 8:12:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/10/2003 8:16:28 AM EDT by Kevin]
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 10:44:07 AM EDT
Interesting. To all that own an Essential Lower, great news. I talked to the owner and they are still in business and may start production of Lowers again. They are awaiting BATF approval. He told me that they will only produce cast aluminum receivers (they had very little issues with them) and stainless ones. They may produce a titanium one as well. I was told that the Ruger cast ones were investment cast and are actually not as brittle as forged ones. Maybe I won't sell mine. He did tell me that if it were ok with BATF they would offer replacement Lowers for prebans. Thanks all, Mortis...
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 10:46:48 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mortismaker: I was told that the Ruger cast ones were investment cast and are actually not as brittle as forged ones. Maybe I won't sell mine.
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That's funny, I wasn't aware that forged lowers were brittle at all.
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 10:58:34 AM EDT
yes Sir, was rethink that one as well.
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 11:01:06 AM EDT
Essential Arms lower is probably as good as anything else. I have one that has outlasted 3 barrels and has had no problems. It has been regularly used, shot and lightly abused for nearly 20 years. It was a great investment for less than $70. Maybe that why they call it investment casting!
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 12:43:16 PM EDT
the only reason i'd consider selling it for would be the awb and whether you think it will end or not. i sold a dpms cast preban lower for $650 in july. i honestly don't think i could get 650 for it right now.
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 12:48:58 PM EDT
I didn't know forged was brittle either.I'd like to see some proof from EA on that. You'd be lucky if you could get $500 for your lower nowadays.Prices are falling big time.
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 3:34:17 PM EDT
What the hell are you worried about? Are you going to be dropping in over hostile territory or something. If it works for you keep it. Let me tell you I was talked out of a deal by some people that nit picked things like this years ago. Don't worry about it.
Link Posted: 11/11/2003 5:17:20 AM EDT
I can't believe that you would even consider selling that lower for $200 bucks...it is SO worth $225...drop me an IM and I'll dispose of that piece of junk to a local scrap yard for you...
Link Posted: 11/11/2003 2:00:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/11/2003 2:08:01 PM EDT
The EA lower is a good piece of equipment. There are lots of them out there, and I've never personally seen one fail, wear prematurely, or refuse to fit any upper you put on it.
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