Have one in upper end but want another at more reasonable price point-personally I'd go for the S&W.
This would be my choice, also.If you upped your budget another $100 you could a Colt 6920 and call it a day.
I completely agree with this.Out of your (2) choices the S&W Sport II (or Ruger AR-556) is a far better choice than the new Bushmaster/Remlin models. The older Bushmaster's made in Maine were much better quality than the "new" Bushmasters! You may want to look at the Ruger AR-556 it is equal to the S&W M&P model. If you upped your budget another $100 you could get a Colt 6920 and call it a day. :smile: Just my .02 worth.
Thank you all for your input. I have read here, and on other forums, that the new bushmasters are "not as good quality" as the old, but have yet to see examples anywhere to support this statement. What specifically are the quality problems? Have any of you experienced these problems or is it hearsay? I ask because for my two choices, and I have a hard limit on my budget amount, the bushmaster is over $100 dollars less than the s&w between the sale and cabela's coupon I have. I am heavily leaning towards the bushmaster unless or until I read some compelling examples of the "poor quality". Not trying to be combative, just trying to stretch my precious dollars the best I can and still get a reliable product.
I purchased my S&W Sport II from grabagun.com. It was $599. Plus $5 for shipping to my local FFL who charged me $10 for the transfer. When I looked yesterday, the price there was still $599. I have added a Red Dot to it and it has been great. Can't hurt to check on grabagun.comLooking to buy my first ar15 and have limited budget ($800). Have narrowed choice to two. LGS has S&W sport II w/Folding Magpul® MBUS® rear sight, 1:9 twist, for $740, Cabela's has a sale starting Thursday for Bushmaster QRC w/red dot, 1:8 twist for $650. I would be happy with either. It would mainly be used for plinking.
Looking for recommendations, experiences, cautions, etc.