Replacing an AR-15 bolt

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    Replacing an AR-15 bolt

    Have been reading about bolts in Carpenter 158 steel. Have been toying with the idea of replacing my DDMV5's bolt with one of these(provided that my rifle doesn't already have one made out of Carpenter 158 steel). Feel free to weigh in.

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    I think most are made from this steel. At any rate DD makes a fine rifle that should not need parts replaced unless worn or broken.
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    Does your gun function improperly? Honestly, a DD rifle should be good to go out of the box. I dont see a need to replace a BCG unless there are performance issues.

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    I'd have to agree with the prior posts. Would an upgraded or diff BCG on a DD even be noticeable or add any more functionality?

    I could think of options more to my liking, beginning with serious optics, night vision, stout bi-pod, mega-laser, suppressor, range finder, Bulk HP Ammo .......

    Guess I ought to admit to a non-performance upgrade that's been on my mind... Cerakoting my Colt... OD? I DO know its NOT logical, but its a cool factor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaeger View Post
    You may be in league with Satan.
    Who? Me or Patri0t for cerakoting a Colt in OD?

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    I had always thought a spare BCG would be a good idea.
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    Yeah. That I agree with. The last shortage should have taught us all that.

    I thought the OP was asking about some advantage to replacing the one he had.

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    I had always thought a spare BCG would be a good idea.

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    It works don't fix it . Your bolt will last a long time.
    Nothing wrong with having a spare BCG but don't buy into hype.
    Along those lines spare parts for lower is not a bad idea springs pins ect.
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    Playing off what Smitty & Steve had to say, most parts are cheap. Springs, firing pins, etc. A good BCG is certainly more expensive, but I am convinced that we had better have spare parts on hand, if we want our rifles to keep running.

    Pre obama, it really didnt matter much. We could just have our rifles repaired, or order parts. Since O took office, and especially since sandy hook, spare parts have often been in short supply.

    For months, right after sandy hook, you couldnt find a BCG anywhere, other than with scalpers, and at a sky high price. Same with any other AR part you could think of. Glock parts, too.

    As far as "upgrading" a DD BCG, I dont see it. If you want to have a spare on hand, I think its a great idea.

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    Only thing I may do in the future is change the BCG to a Nickel Boron coated unit,supposed to be able to fire up to 20,000 rounds before the bolt needs cleaning and under normal use just wipes off with a rag
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    Agree with most. If it works don't fix it. If you want a spare, fine, it's your money, but broken bolts are pretty rare, although not unheard of.
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    Daniel Defense uses Carpenter 158 Steel for their BCG. Having an extra isn't a bad idea, but if I was going to swap anything out of my DD, it would be upgrading to a Geissele trigger.
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    why mess with a running system? DD makes good stuff.
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    You already have Carpenter 158 Steel - shot peened & magnetic particle inspected.

    For sure no need to go shopping for a justfortheheckovit replacement. :biggriin2:
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