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    Thinking of buying my son a 300 Blackout upper for a gift. Do any of you have suggestions for a good "middle of the road" upper...don't want the cheapest...don't want the most expensive.

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    There are so many suppliers who place their names on uppers that you are likely to get a lot of suggestions. I have owned and shot many of the manufacture's AR15/16 firearms and think that Palmetto State is supplying a good product for a very reasonable price. On rankings that I have recently seen on the internet they also are showing up as being middle to lower upper tier, so apparently others are thinking the same thing. The last three uppers I have purchased have been Palmetto State Armory and the receiver forgings were supplied by Anchor Harvey Aluminum.
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    https://palmettostatearmory.com/cata...blackout+upper

    I'm very happy with my 300 upper from psa ..
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    I'll echo the PSA suggestion.

    I built my own, but it's in no way an economical soloution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootnlead View Post
    Thinking of buying my son a 300 Blackout upper for a gift. Do any of you have suggestions for a good "middle of the road" upper...don't want the cheapest...don't want the most expensive.

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    To be honest I would wait for a 350 Legend upper. It out 300's the 300.
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    I have a .300blk upper from hardened arms. Their stuff is really reasonable and mine has been quite reliable and accurate with all ammo I've tried in it. CBC Industries is another place for quality stuff that doesn't break the bank.
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    I love my 300 from Hardened Arms as well.

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    Define middle of the road. To some people PSA is middle of the road, to others BCM is middle of the road.
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    i had a problem with a new PSA 300BO pistol upper first time out, but then i actually cleaned and lubed it and it works fine! :)
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    PSA currently sells products that are as serviceable as any. Yes, you can spend $3500 for an AR, but all you're getting, IMHO, is a name - not really anything substantially better.

    The 300 is a great cartridge and is well proven. Go with PSA and 300 and you won't go wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    PSA currently sells products that are as serviceable as any. Yes, you can spend $3500 for an AR, but all you're getting, IMHO, is a name - not really anything substantially better.

    The 300 is a great cartridge and is well proven. Go with PSA and 300 and you won't go wrong.
    Thought about the bolded and I've got to disagree to a point. IF money is put into a couple areas; barrel and triggers for instance, you do get a more accurate gun most of the time. Some of the reliability type improvements, ie additional testing, MPI , shot peening etc. may never be fully realized due to how the gun gets used. Accuracy is measurable though, and while it does happen occasionally, a $100 barrel isn't going to perform as well as a $500 barrel. Same for a milspec trigger VS a Geissele, both release the hammer, but at a whole different level.

    I've got 1.5MOA ARs and a 3/4 MOA AR and the cost was in line with the level of accuracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck R. View Post
    Thought about the bolded and I've got to disagree to a point. IF money is put into a couple areas; barrel and triggers for instance, you do get a more accurate gun most of the time. Some of the reliability type improvements, ie additional testing, MPI , shot peening etc. may never be fully realized due to how the gun gets used. Accuracy is measurable though, and while it does happen occasionally, a $100 barrel isn't going to perform as well as a $500 barrel. Same for a milspec trigger VS a Geissele, both release the hammer, but at a whole different level.

    I've got 1.5MOA ARs and a 3/4 MOA AR and the cost was in line with the level of accuracy.
    Well I don't really know much. I've only built and re-built around 200 AR's over a 25 year span.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    Well I don't really know much. I've only built and re-built around 200 AR's over a 25 year span.
    So in your opinion a PSA generic barrel is on par with Krieger, Shilen, Bartlein, White Oak etc.??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck R. View Post
    So in your opinion a PSA generic barrel is on par with Krieger, Shilen, Bartlein, White Oak etc.??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck R. View Post
    So in your opinion a PSA generic barrel is on par with Krieger, Shilen, Bartlein, White Oak etc.??
    It all depends on the intended purpose. Are you talking about custom built competition match rifles (which BTW, no one sells assembled completely), or M4-type rifles assembled and sold at premium prices?

    This isn't worth a big discussion. What you need to do is research some of the high priced AR's and determine where they buy their components - barrels included. Do you know who manufactures "generic" barrels for folks like PSA? It doesn't really bother me if people pay 3X what they need to for a perfectly serviceable rifle - say for home defense. IF you want lots of arguments about the issue, AR-15.com is a good place.
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