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 AR 15 upper in .50 BMG
Loog  [Member]
5/15/2011 10:57:40 AM EST
Looking to take the plunge on a long range rifle in .50 BMG but I don't want to overlook the AR 15 platform as a possible contender. Does anyone have any experience with these uppers which look to be a cost effective alternative to a dedicated .50 rifle ?
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mr_purple  [Member]
5/15/2011 11:19:20 AM EST
Good question , i shoot with the FCSA and i have not seen one at the shoots i attend. I would be cautious if the rifle is made in the U.S , it is notoriously difficult to get any spares etc out of anyone out there if it has .50 cal written on it . Have a look at the other options , some may not be as expensive as you think
chrismetallica1  [Team Member]
5/15/2011 11:19:48 AM EST
The only BMG one that springs to mind is a Bohica Arms .50 BMG upper

http://www.bohicaarms.com/index.html

Thats if you can find someone to import one for you. Other than that you could contact low Mill Ranges as they stock the Alexander Arms .50 beowulf straightpull upper

However if your going to shell good cash out on a .50 BMG you cant go wrong with a AMSD Nemissis .50

http://www.amsd.ch/
mr_purple  [Member]
5/15/2011 11:34:06 AM EST
Lots of good stuff about - but it was nemesis all the way for me
Badger66  [Team Member]
5/15/2011 11:55:40 AM EST
I posted a review of the Bohica a couple of years ago it stated lower assemblies were consumable items
Hutch526  [Team Member]
5/15/2011 11:01:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By Badger66:
I posted a review of the Bohica a couple of years ago it stated lower assemblies were consumable items



That's what I've been told aswell, a friend who used to be in the USA had a go with my nemesis and decided to get an .50 upper
His lower receivers were lasting between 1-300 rounds before cracking. To combat this he had a bespoke lower machined in stainless.
Costly and very heavy, but you can't exactly run with any .50 anyways
steven_uk  [Team Member]
5/15/2011 11:11:48 PM EST
Unfortunately, you can't get any .50BMG related items out of the states, so its a non-starter in reality.

Some of the AR upper designs have looked rather gash to me....
Hutch526  [Team Member]
5/15/2011 11:20:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By Badger66:
I posted a review of the Bohica a couple of years ago it stated lower assemblies were consumable items



That's what I've been told aswell, a friend who used to be in the USA had a go with my nemesis and decided to get an .50 upper
His lower receivers were lasting between 1-300 rounds before cracking. To combat this he had a bespoke lower machined in stainless.
Costly and very heavy, but you can't exactly run with any .50 anyways
steven_uk  [Team Member]
5/15/2011 11:24:49 PM EST
Originally Posted By Hutch526:
Originally Posted By Badger66:
I posted a review of the Bohica a couple of years ago it stated lower assemblies were consumable items



That's what I've been told aswell, a friend who used to be in the USA had a go with my nemesis and decided to get an .50 upper
His lower receivers were lasting between 1-300 rounds before cracking. To combat this he had a bespoke lower machined in stainless.
Costly and very heavy, but you can't exactly run with any .50 anyways


We heard you the first time
Hutch526  [Team Member]
5/15/2011 11:33:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By steven_uk:
Originally Posted By Hutch526:
Originally Posted By Badger66:
I posted a review of the Bohica a couple of years ago it stated lower assemblies were consumable items



That's what I've been told aswell, a friend who used to be in the USA had a go with my nemesis and decided to get an .50 upper
His lower receivers were lasting between 1-300 rounds before cracking. To combat this he had a bespoke lower machined in stainless.
Costly and very heavy, but you can't exactly run with any .50 anyways


We heard you the first time


Oops double tap
Loog  [Member]
5/16/2011 7:55:08 AM EST
The Nemesis is totally out of the question one a couple of grounds cost and I’ve heard on good authority that there have been spares issues.

Been giving some consideration to the Fortmeier platform which is used with TTRS and Steyr but didn’t want to close off other possibilities. Having fired a few .50’s I did have some concerns over the longevity and durability on the AR platform, although through research this seem to be positive especially with the Ferret50 and Tacktilite uppers which I favoured. With the uppers not being classed as I firearm I didn’t know if exporting would be a easier for which I have no experience or basis to common on.

TBH I'm looking for a cost effective entry into this type of shooting.
PhilM  [Member]
5/16/2011 8:17:13 AM EST
I also shoot with the FCSA but don't yet own a .50

A fellow member pointed out that it's a lot of force going through those two reciever pins on an AR15 platform, and that a propper rifle would be the best option.

Theres always a 50 or two for sale on the FCSA/Offas Dyke for sale pages.
mr_purple  [Member]
5/16/2011 8:25:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By Loog:
The Nemesis is totally out of the question one a couple of grounds cost and I’ve heard on good authority that there have been spares issues.

Been giving some consideration to the Fortmeier platform which is used with TTRS and Steyr but didn’t want to close off other possibilities. Having fired a few .50’s I did have some concerns over the longevity and durability on the AR platform, although through research this seem to be positive especially with the Ferret50 and Tacktilite uppers which I favoured. With the uppers not being classed as I firearm I didn’t know if exporting would be a easier for which I have no experience or basis to common on.

TBH I'm looking for a cost effective entry into this type of shooting.


All the .50s out there are low volume rifles and so will suffer with spares availablilty , i have had some small parts needed for my nemesis and these were supplied ok - plus i have heard that AMSD is selling the rights to the Sig Sauer brand so there will most likely be many more nemesis variants in the future if this is true. Out of those other makers the Steyr is very popular on the firing points , many shooters use these and they seem bullet proof and probably a good bet to start with and see how you get on .
Loog  [Member]
5/16/2011 8:51:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By PhilM:
Theres always a 50 or two for sale on the FCSA/Offas Dyke for sale pages.


This was the first port of call, nothing but big Bertha..... and I like my guns black

PhilM  [Member]
5/16/2011 10:37:24 AM EST
AW50 in black it is then
chrismetallica1  [Team Member]
5/16/2011 10:57:01 AM EST
cost effective is a single shot steyr .50 BMG
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