View Full Version : AR Cost vs Bolt Action Cost

04-12-2009, 6:37 PM
I am puzzled by the fact that a good number of high end bolt action rifles are more costly than ARs, which have more parts and are more complex. Look at JP Rifles, all high end guns. The AR15 is $2500 to start, the AR10 is $3200, and their bolt gun is $4000. Yes, it has some very nice parts on it, but still, $4000? Adding to my puzzlement is the fact one can get a bolt sniper rifle, such as the Armalite AR-30, shooting 308, for $1,742 (surprisingly cheap). Yet their AR-10 for $1892.

http://www.jprifles.com/1.2.1_CTR02.php This is the AR-15
http://www.jprifles.com/1.2.5_LRP07.php This is the .308
http://www.jprifles.com/1.2.6_MOR07.php Bolt Action

I know top bolt actions can be pricey, as well as barrels and stocks, but still. Maybe a lot of labor to build a top notch bolt action? If so, why is the Armalite so cheap, and the JP over twice as much?

- Phil