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Bilbo Bagins
06-25-2011, 20:54
I had this weird idea in my head. Maybe I want to get rid of my perfectly good DI Bushmaster AR and get a piston Ruger SR-556.

Is the Ruger SR-556 worth the switch?

12131
06-25-2011, 21:05
I had this weird idea in my head. Maybe I want to get rid of my perfectly good DI Bushmaster AR and get a piston Ruger SR-556.

Is the Ruger SR-556 worth the switch?
Different beasts. Keep your BM that you know to be great, and save up for the Ruger. It is a heavy gun.

thisaway
06-25-2011, 22:14
Myself, I'd do the trade.

Airborne Infantryman
06-25-2011, 22:31
If weight isn't a big factor for you, and you wanna try something new, go with the Ruger.

People say piston guns are heavy, but this LWRC is only 6.44 pounds......

http://www.lwrci.com/p-252-m6-sl-stretch-lightweight.aspx

BUT, that's not to say that piston ARs aren't heavy; my LWRC M6A2 DEA w/ Trijicon ACOG TA31ECOS, SureFire M600A Scout Light, and a Grip Pod GPS-02, comes in at about 10 pounds......

ColdBlooded
06-25-2011, 22:39
I would look at the new Ruger SR556E. I saw one the other day and it was pretty cool. GT Dist had them for LEOs for $995. A tad lighter than the standard SR556. The handguard is very slim.
http://www.ruger.com/products/sr556E/images/5912.jpg

Airborne Infantryman
06-25-2011, 22:48
I would look at the new Ruger SR556E. I saw one the other day and it was pretty cool. GT Dist had them for LEOs for $995. A tad lighter than the standard SR556. The handguard is very slim.
http://www.ruger.com/products/sr556E/images/5912.jpg

Here's one for $999.......Northern Firearms are GTG; ordered from them twice, and the item arrived fast, and in perfect condition. Just remember, it doesn't come with sights, so you'd have to invest in some Iron Sights.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=238122541

Markasaurus
06-25-2011, 22:51
I've read mixed reviews of this rifle. When it first came out people reported problems, now they sound like they have been mostly worked out. That said, if you really like the gun and want it, get it. I looked at them before i got my Stag DI and didn't want to pay the extra, (although i wish i'd paid $200 more now, and gotten the Stag 8 which also has a piston).

With the Ruger SR-556 a lot of parts do not interchange with the DI M4ergies, namely the bolt carrier and the gas piston parts. Ruger proprietary parts are expensive and sometimes hard to get. It is heavy and is not mil-spec. The barrel is fluted for cooling, which is certainly not a bad thing, but with all the differences from mil-spec M4 it means upgrading the rifle or making any major changes, if you decide to in the future, is probably not practical unless you want to buy another upper or two to change calibers or barrel lengths.

the Stag 8 is about $1,100 or less on gunbroker. the ruger is $300-400 more. Both have a life-time warranty so you wouldn't go wrong with either if a piston gun is what you want.

Why am i hung up on the Stag 8? I have the DI M4 and i like it. I'm impressed with the finish and the workmanship, and i like the lifetime warranty. I like being able to run to Riflegear (they have an outlet 3 miles away from me) and buy any part i need. You can't do that with the ruger.

If you want the Ruger, buy it. I had a mini 14 and didn't like it, traded it for a loss to get the Stag. I know we are talking about two different rifles but IMO Ruger makes better pistols then they do long guns.

Singlestack Wonder
06-26-2011, 11:04
Pistons on the AR/M16 platfom have proven to be a fix without a problem as the overall weapon was designed as a DI system. On piston systems, premature wear due to carrier tilt is a common problem.

I would stay away from Ruger AR15's. For the same money or less, one could get a BCM or Daniel Defense.

txleapd
06-26-2011, 11:10
I had this weird idea in my head. Maybe I want to get rid of my perfectly good DI Bushmaster AR and get a piston Ruger SR-556.

Is the Ruger SR-556 worth the switch?

If your Bushy is perfectly good, why would you want to trade it?

mixflip
06-26-2011, 11:31
I talked to a Ruger rep at Shot Show and they confirmed that Ruger does not want owners to access the transfer rod (op rod). They even say so on their website. Good luck getting them to honor any issues with that area if you admit to filed stripping and touching anything under there. I think thats ridiculous personally and it was one of the deal breakers for me.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i182/mixflip/RugerSR556FAQ.jpg

Here are some other deal breakers I found in my search for a piston AR.

http://www.gunsandgearreview.com/2010/11/why-i-passed-on-ruger-sr556_26.html

Minnow
06-27-2011, 13:25
I'd keep the Bushmaster.

bmoore
06-27-2011, 17:46
Just like the old bass fishing saying "dont' leave fish to go catch fish". If your Bushmaster runs I would do what the other gentlemen said, maybe just save up for the Ruger if you really like it.

Line Rider
06-28-2011, 20:06
Master Bagins check you PM.

LR