Talk to me about the Ruger SR556

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    Talk to me about the Ruger SR556

    So I came about this rifle via a series of trades and I was wondering do I have a hobby grade rifle on steroids here and I should I continue trading, or do I have a legit fighting rifle?

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    This rifle came to me with an appearent round count of only 200 to 300 rounds put through it. I had my friendly local gun store give it a look over and got the thumbs up from them. It had not been cleaned since last shot so I had to do some scrubbing to get the carbon off the piston components, but the bolt practically wiped clean with a rag... That was kinda cool I have to admit.

    I did some reading about how rugger solved the carrier tilt issue... They designed the bolt carrier so that instead of being cylindrical, it has widened and rounded off lobes on either end to center it as it moves into the buffer tube. I checked for buffer tube wear and there was only one spot where it looked like the finish was worn off but only just, the gun shop assured me this was normal and this was not any concern. Second opinions are welcome here.

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    This rifle is legitimately about a pound heavier than a similar di rifle and the flash hider is permanently attached.

    What do you guys think?

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    Sounds like you got a nice rifle! Now YOU need to break it in and put some rounds downrange! Next we expect a range report! Enjoy!
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    Learn to clean an AR correctly, before you damage it. If you shooting good ammo no need to clean the barrel after every range day. about every 500 rounds.
    Use CLP it is outstanding for the AR.
    Good deal depends on what you gave up for it and if you are happy. Ruger does not make any junk never has.
    DI AR's like a wet bolt when firing. If it does not have the heavy buffer you may want to pick one up down the road, no big deal but if you want to shoot some of the off brand ammo it makes the weapon fire fine with the cheap stuff.
    Hard to tell from the pictures but it had more than a couple hundred rounds fired, but that is no big deal

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    Ruger made a pretty good product. Their biggest problem is their weight and the fact that Ruger priced themselves out of competition. If it wasn't for their $1700ish price tag they would sell a lot more of them.
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    Quick update... I looked up the serial number and found it was manufactured in late 2010 so the round count of 200 to 300 rounds is suspect... The bore is bright and crisp and if this is all the wear caused by the carrier tilting in almost three years then I think carrier tilt will not be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    Learn to clean an AR correctly, before you damage it. If you shooting good ammo no need to clean the barrel after every range day. about every 500 rounds.
    Use CLP it is outstanding for the AR.
    Good deal depends on what you gave up for it and if you are happy. Ruger does not make any junk never has.
    DI AR's like a wet bolt when firing. If it does not have the heavy buffer you may want to pick one up down the road, no big deal but if you want to shoot some of the off brand ammo it makes the weapon fire fine with the cheap stuff.
    Hard to tell from the pictures but it had more than a couple hundred rounds fired, but that is no big deal
    I know how to clean an ar, thank you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by glocknjeep View Post
    I know how to clean an ar, thank you...
    And get a haircut, hippy.
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    I think maybe some are confusing my post count with lifetime round count but hey I asked for opinions... I'm just getting them on more subjects .
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    I've been thinking of jumping into a piston AR, but not at these prices! I'll wait, thank you.
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    ...I'm intrigued as to how one would damage an AR by cleaning it wrong...in the Corps they taught us a few things, then told us it was a court martial offense to take it in the shower with us...but that was the best way to clean it...I think they gave us LPS 3 to lube with...that's all I've ever learned about it...mine passed inspection with no problem, but it smelled like shampoo...
    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    Learn to clean an AR correctly, before you damage it. If you shooting good ammo no need to clean the barrel after every range day. about every 500 rounds.
    Use CLP it is outstanding for the AR.
    Good deal depends on what you gave up for it and if you are happy. Ruger does not make any junk never has.
    DI AR's like a wet bolt when firing. If it does not have the heavy buffer you may want to pick one up down the road, no big deal but if you want to shoot some of the off brand ammo it makes the weapon fire fine with the cheap stuff.
    Hard to tell from the pictures but it had more than a couple hundred rounds fired, but that is no big deal
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    I happen to come by this one for a very reasonable actual cost. I love armslist and Texas gun trader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Ruger made a pretty good product. Their biggest problem is their weight and the fact that Ruger priced themselves out of competition. If it wasn't for their $1700ish price tag they would sell a lot more of them.
    Agreed. They do come with branded Troy sights but that's not worth the premium. I've seen them with unstaked castle nuts, looks like OPs isn't either. But that's an easy fix. Also, why isn't the firing pin shrouded?!

    They're front-heavy as hell. I wish Ruger would ship them with an EMOD or something to balance it out (the ones I've seen have shipped with CAR stocks).
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    Quote Originally Posted by glocknjeep View Post
    So I came about this rifle via a series of trades and I was wondering do I have a hobby grade rifle on steroids here and I should I continue trading, or do I have a legit fighting rifle?
    Just curious, but are you taking it to war, or is this a range only weapon? Maybe a "things that go bump in the night" gun?

    Asking because I see a lot of posts where people are going for the absolute best AR they can find, but most aren't professional operators or competition shooters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StripesDude View Post
    Just curious, but are you taking it to war, or is this a range only weapon? Maybe a "things that go bump in the night" gun?

    Asking because I see a lot of posts where people are going for the absolute best AR they can find, but most aren't professional operators or competition shooters.
    I shoot idpa more and more and it could make it to a carbine match, otherwise... Home defense, shtf, range, etc. I am a bit anal about the quality of my weapons though.

    Definitely not an operator or professional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by munch520 View Post
    Agreed. They do come with branded Troy sights but that's not worth the premium. I've seen them with unstaked castle nuts, looks like OPs isn't either. But that's an easy fix. Also, why isn't the firing pin shrouded?!

    They're front-heavy as hell. I wish Ruger would ship them with an EMOD or something to balance it out (the ones I've seen have shipped with CAR stocks).
    Shrouded firing pin, mind explaining? Weight is not to bad IMHO. As for the castle nut unstaked is no big deal, I'll notice it if it loosens.

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