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Who makes a low-priced AR that will last?

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Capt Bart do you mean the .450 marlin?

 

No, sir, I didn't. The Marlin Guide Gun can/could be purchased in the .45-70 Marlin caliber. It has approximately the same ballistics as the .444 Marlin. In fact, I have read (can't verify beyond that) that the purpose for the .444 Marlin was to reduce the chances of chambering the .45-70 Marlin into a .45-70 Govt rifle. Essentially, Marlin built a stronger action/rifle to take advantage of the extra room the .45-70 case has when loaded with modern powder. This gives much better ballistics that a .45-70 Govt which has black powder ballistics.

 

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http://bigborefan.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/the-450-marlin-vs-the-45-70/

 

The second link seems to indicate that the .450 Marlin may actually be what I purchased as a .45-70 Marlin. It looks like they took a .45-70 case, belted it so it would not fit a Govt. gun and now call it a .450 Marlin. I don't know, I will have to explore that some and see what I come up with for an answer.

 

Thanks for the question, wardog. I haven't looked for ammo for it for a while, now I'll have to check it out.

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any brand is good for 5000 rds, and most are good for more like 20,000 rds. 10,000 rds, of even 25c per shot steel cases is $2500. If you can afford to wear it out by shooting it, you can also afford to replace it, or certainly, replace worn parts.

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Windham Weaponry makes exquisite AR variants, best bang for the buck I know of. I have personally toured the plant, have my AR armorer's certificate through them, and my personal SHTF AR has a Windham Weaponry SRC HB upper. I also own an 18" .308 AR-10 from W-W; I reviewed here: http://survivalcache.com/survival-gear-review-windham-weaponry-r18fsfsm-308/  I own Colts and have had older and newer Bushmasters, but I like My Windham Weaponry guns best. I wouldn't even glance at a DPMS or a new Bushmaster, or other "budget" guns. If I had a grand to spend on an AR, I'd get a Windham Weaponry CDI or SRC and never look back.

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