Who makes good AR-15 lowers

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    Who makes good AR-15 lowers

    I am thinking about picking up a few stripped lowers, so that I can start collecting parts bit by bit to build some more Ar-15's up in configurations I want. I could just buy uppers to put on my existing lower and save some money, but that isn't as much fun, so I don't want to do it.

    So who makes a good lower? What brands should I avoid? How much should I be looking to spend (it seems like most of the lowers I see are between $75-100, and a LGS currently has Spikes lowers for $79)? I am rather well versed with the weapon's platform, so I think that I want to build up a couple, like a mid-length carbine, and a DM style. So, someone tell me about lowers please.
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    I would avoid DPMS, Oly, and CMMG I have ZERO first hand experience with any of them but have seen enough problems voiced on multiple forums that there has to be a base for the complaints. If the cost difference was greater, I might consider giving one of the lower tier Mfg. a try. Spikes has gotten a lot of bad press for delayed shipping and crappy CS but I have never heard anyone complain about the quality of their lowers (except for that ugly red spider!).
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    Spikes have a good reputation as well as BCM's.
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    I think there were a couple of threads earlier this month that pointed towards BCM, Daniel Defense, Noveske, and a few others for a more serious rifle. Anything else should be fine for range time.

    Hopefully the AR gurus catch wind of this thread because I would like to see if the stripped lowers make much difference or if its the parts kits.

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    I think the lower is just a piece of milled aluminum. I just don't see how one piece of milled aluminum could be that much better than another (as long as it's milled correctly). I would go with the spikes if you can get it for 80$. It's the parts kit that counts IMO.

    I was just doing this search and I couldn't tell the difference between my S&W and the new one I got (Palmetto). They both look good and seem to work just fine.
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    Best buy on ar lowers ....$59.95... these are made by Aero Precision, a buddy just picked up three of them.

    Surplus Arms & Ammo LOW15 Stripped AR Lower Receiver

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I think the lower is just a piece of milled aluminum. I just don't see how one piece of milled aluminum could be that much better than another (as long as it's milled correctly). I would go with the spikes if you can get it for 80$. It's the parts kit that counts IMO.

    I was just doing this search and I couldn't tell the difference between my S&W and the new one I got (Palmetto). They both look good and seem to work just fine.
    That's my thinking, but some manufacturers probably have a better history than others. The ones the LGS has have the Spider, but it isn't colored.

    I think that most of the quality issues probably come into play with other components, but I figured I would ask the experts.
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    Hey Buckeye those Aero lowers are the same ones used by Spikes but they don't have the ugly spider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Hey Buckeye those Aero lowers are the same ones used by Spikes but they don't have the ugly spider.
    And they are being sold by the same place as the Spikes one's. I may have to give them a try.
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    I wish I lived close enough to AIM to just drive on in. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I wish I lived close enough to AIM to just drive on in. :(
    Actually you need to call ahead, and set up an appointment for firearms purchases now, and they only do pick up orders one day a week for firearms. Back in the day it used to be 5 days a week I could just drive on up there and get what I wanted. But they do have some good deals, and not having to pay to get cases of ammo shipped is nice.

    What have you figured out about parts kits in your quest Timmy?
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    I think G and R is a little closer to this part of Ohio. Take a trip there and build a whole rifle.

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    This

    Daniel Defense Lower Receiver Parts Kit AR-15 - MidwayUSA

    or this.

    MOE Lower build kit

    I went with Palmetto parts. I got more fore the money IMO.
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    Most of the problems that I have heard about stem from the milling being out of spec. The pins walk or the receivers don't match up properly. Evidently there is also a possibility that the Poly mags won't drop free in some of the billet lowers.
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    How bout this one. : )








    Palmetto State Armory Gadsden Lower
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