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The Cable Guy
09-13-2008, 8:30 PM
So what separates one lower from another?

Generally, what are the rankings as far as brands go?

Why would a LMT lower be above say a DPMS lower?

hoffmang
09-13-2008, 8:35 PM
As long as you're staying in the field of 5.56/.223 lowers, they are all about the same. There are very minor finish differences. Just avoid Hesse and you'll have a perfectly functional lower.

-Gene

G17GUY
09-13-2008, 8:36 PM
http://johnfudrow.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/searching.jpg

ChrisXD45T
09-13-2008, 8:45 PM
LMT only sells complete lowers as far as I know.
Generally though, most lowers are the same, not much of a price difference either. There aren't many companies making the raw forging. What I've noticed with the higher end brands that do their own final machining process of the lowers, on the whole, is a better quality finish and smother final stage machining of the forge flash and what-not.
But I'm guessing the answer your looking for is this: A rifle built by you on a DPMS lower will be as good as one built by you on a Stag, RRA, Noveske, ad nauseum.

Deadred7o7
09-13-2008, 8:51 PM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=50947

The Cable Guy
09-13-2008, 9:12 PM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=50947

I guess I should've searched :whistling:

Blacktail 8541
09-13-2008, 10:22 PM
Fear not, All newbs get hammered with the dreaded.......:xeno:

Bill92869
09-13-2008, 11:47 PM
Oh no, you know who is going to jump on this one..................

RaceDay
09-14-2008, 12:47 PM
Oh no, you know who is going to jump on this one..................

Yeah, somebody who can't spend the time to be helpful but can find the time to be scoldful.

All lowers are pretty much the same. Although I agree with Gene that you should avoid Hesse.

bwiese
09-14-2008, 1:12 PM
All lowers are pretty much the same.
Although I agree with Gene that you should avoid Hesse.

I'll add that I think Hesse category should be broadened into "Hesse & Vulcan & Blackthorne" since they appear to have had a shared, um, corporate history.

Also, anyone building a first OLL AR should probably shy away from the Bushmaster Carbon15 lower as a first lower - it's kinda a specialty item, and I think a newb build should stick as close to "normal" as possible.

Other than that, choice of a lower can safely be made on coloration/shade of finish and whether or not you think someone's logo is ugly or cool.

It was a bit different during the great Crunch of 1998-1998 when you had to make a decision between various brands that had milspec holes vs. the Colt Match Target lowers that used different hammer/trigger pins and had no facility for a pivot pin detent.