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Old February 21st, 2017, 12:02 AM   #1
 
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Ruger AR 556 is great except for this.

Just bought my Ruger 556 today and did the inspection at the store and everything looked kosher but when I got home and removed that little plastic cover on the barrel that says RUGER ,the finish on the barrel was worn off in two spots and some other wear under it.. Its real ugly in person when the light hits it. Its like they didnt let the bluing or whatever set up and having that plastic cover on there put wear spots on the barrel.




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I agree... mine was exactly like that. I decided it gives my rifle some character and haven't really been upset since. My gun isn't a museum piece, but instead a shooter, and it excels in that role.

I wouldn't say my AR556 was great except for the finish rub on the barrel... The factory trigger was horrible. A 3 pound Timney Competition drop in trigger, drilled out the aperature on the rear sight, and NOW my AR556 is great
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Don't fret over the cosmetics on any AR rifle. They are built for a tough life. You will soon have plenty of nicks and scuffs on it through normal usage. Duracoat and spray paint are your friends. Watch a 3-Gun competition on TV sometime and see how the competitors toss their rifles into the barrels when switching weapons. Get that rifle to the range and start adding your own "character" marks to it.
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While annoying, it does add character...

There's always this:
https://youtu.be/IahDEcy9Ssc



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I wouldn't fret any over the cosmetics. I managed to get one of the first ones out. Looked great out of the box, everything fit nice and snug. Took me about an hour after I got home (cleaned and lubed it), added a sling then get some character added after a trip through the woods for test firing and some break-in on my range.
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Is that really a bid deal
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Mine had a little scuff on the barrel, too. No big deal.
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have you fired it yet?
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Paid a LOT of money for my Browning 1885 High Wall 7 MM Rem Mag back in 1993. It had a spot on it only I noticed but I always saw it when cleaning and firing it. Did not make any difference at all to the many white tail deer, mule deer and Pronghorn it brought down with a single shot over the years. I added some new character marks to the stock over the years but it still shot the same all that time. It was still a beautiful long arm after all those years of use. Cosmetics are not important if you use the gun for it's intended purpose. Just go with it.
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Yeah its all good its just buying a new firearm and seeing that is kind of annoying but other then that the rest of the rifle is kosher, it wasnt a shelf model I asked for one from the inventory . Im taking it out this weekend to break it in.
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Contact Ruger, they will handle it no problems... unlike what I'm going through with beretta.


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Mine had some little blemishes on the barrel that looked better after rubbing it down with Rem oil. Parkerized finishes are designed to suck up that oil and hold it in place.
The only legitimate complaint I had was a very heavy trigger pull. I fixed that with a AR Stoner replacement that was on sale for $39 at Midway USA.
I'm very happy with it now.
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Well I finally got the response back from Ruger today and they said they would be more then happy to repair those blemishes on the barrel. So think I should go for it? And would they have to take off the gas block and stuff to recoat the barrel or just mask off the rest of the rifle and blast the barrel only.

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Well I finally got the response back from Ruger today and they said they would be more then happy to repair those blemishes on the barrel. So think I should go for it? And would they have to take off the gas block and stuff to recoat the barrel or just mask off the rest of the rifle and blast the barrel only.
For all the time and trouble, it's not really worth it. Well, to me at least. If you bought a collectable and were going to keep it as a safe queen investment, well, that''d be a different story.

I get it. You paid good money for something and you had a reasonable expectation it was going to arrive 100%. But the reality is, in a year from now, it's going to be all scuffed up anyway.

Just shoot it and enjoy life, don't sweat the small stuff.
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I agree... mine was exactly like that. I decided it gives my rifle some character and haven't really been upset since. My gun isn't a museum piece, but instead a shooter, and it excels in that role.

I wouldn't say my AR556 was great except for the finish rub on the barrel... The factory trigger was horrible. A 3 pound Timney Competition drop in trigger, drilled out the aperature on the rear sight, and NOW my AR556 is great
I just tested the pull on my trigger and its reading just a tad over 8lbs.
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