You have good taste in M4s, but yeah... buy the bushy. Hell, buy both of them, and sell the oly for a profit.
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I'd get the Bushy if I had the chance
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Okay, I'll be the lone dissenter. I to am faced with the same dilemma (not quite as good a deal). Mounting optics on the handrail seems to be a less than desirable choice. I've decided to get exactly what I want (Colt A-3) or else I'll always wonder how much better it would have been and end up buying a second one.
I'm counting on prices coming down in a month or two, or else I'll bite the bullet (sorry) and spend too much.
The Bushy is a good buy though. Okay how 'bout this? Buy the Bushy, keep the Bushy to sell to finance the next one. (I don't think you'll lose money on the Bushmaster)
Bushmaster....you just gotta do it!
Nice set up, Ram. Is that Bushy in .308? The rounds look a bit bigger than .223
And how do you like the optic where it is positioned?
A man in the hands of his enemies is flesh, and shudderingly vulnerable. - author unknown
Bushmaster without a doubt. Get it while the gettin's good.
"Don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep." - Theodore Roosevelt
Normally I'd say don't settle, get what you want. But in todays AR enviroment GET THE BUSH!!!!
The external dimensions of the .223 Remington and 5.56mm NATO cartridges are the same. The difference is that 5.56mm NATO is loaded to higher pressures than the .223 Remington.
The difference between a .223 Remington chamber and a 5.56mm NATO chamber is invisible to a normal person. Both rounds will chamber without a problem. However, the leade, throat, and freebore of the chambers are different. In general a .223 Remington chamber has more accuracy potential. The difference in accuracy is very slight or non-existent.
The differences in the chamber dimensions make it unsafe to fire 5.56mm NATO ammunition in a barrel chambered in .223 Remington. By having the chamber reamed (re-cut to 5.56mm NATO chamber specs) you will be able to safely fire either type of ammo in your gun.
Hope this helps. I'm no scientist, nor a teacher.
.223 Chambered Oly Arms - M4Carbine.net Forums
If you don't want to spend several hundred dollars on a custom made reamer, you can always send your barrel to a gunsmith that has the tool.