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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Thank you ar15jules!

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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Much appreciated SgtRecon!!!

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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Quote Originally Posted by jthrelf View Post
    I'd try an H2 or H1 buffer, you have nothing to lose. You can also buy tungsten weights to make your own or multiple different heavier buffers (I.e. buy one H3 and you have a carbine buffer now you can make an H1 and an H2 for a different gun). Depending on what prices you can find this may be more economical.

    I agree with trying to tame down over-gassed cycling. Sure it will work the other way, but for a $25 buffer why not tune it more appropriately.
    Thank you jthrelf! Exactly my line of thought. Certainly did my research... but I wanted to double check here, with those more experienced. Thanks again!

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    Thumbs up Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Thanks to everyone who replied!

    Just to answer some of the questions: The barrel is a 1:8 twist and I'm generally loading 62gr. My biggest concern is excessive wear and damage. I'd rather spend $25-$45 in the buffer, now... and not have more costly replacements/repairs down the road, or have it give me trouble at "the wrong time". I will try playing with the weights between H and H3 to see if that solves the issue.

    Again, I appreciate all the suggestions and comments.


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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Buy a buffer - not the weights.
    That way, once you have it figured out, the extra buffer becomes a seed to grow another rifle!

    You can't just have parts laying around doing nothing.

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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Quote Originally Posted by Emptymag View Post
    Buy a buffer - not the weights.
    That way, once you have it figured out, the extra buffer becomes a seed to grow another rifle!

    You can't just have parts laying around doing nothing.

    self control be damned....

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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hodgie View Post
    I'm neither a commie or a reloader because I always had limited time which I would rather spend shooting then reloading for it. That all being said American manufactures make it as well and it's been used in American military service in some very iconic weapons.
    Of course I said that ďtongue in cheekĒ but since you were offended & make a case, allow me to retort. I have no problem with it and used to use it quite a bit when I first started building AK47ís 15 years ago. Yes, I am aware the US DID in fact use steel case ammo, most notably for the m1911 in 1942/1943. As for reloading, the argument of ďtimeĒ is rather mute. Every single professional shooter reloads. And they are shooting quite a bit more than you or I, and still find the time to reload their own.

    I always encourage reloading, as it gives a firearms enthusiast a drastic increase in knowledge & understanding. Like many others, I THOUGHT I knew quite a bit about firearms before I reloaded. Then I started reloading and quickly realized how wrong I had been....I really didnít know that much. MANY out there have this same condition.

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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    A. I wasnít offended as it takes a whole lot more then that.

    B. Every professional shooter in every shooting discipline? Maybe in bullseye, long range, or high power but 3 gun or other run and gun Iím not buying it. Most shooters are sponsored by ammo companies to use their ammo. I bet most know how to reload but probably donít for everything. I also bet a lot of professional shooters donít work and commute 12-13 hours a day for a telecommunications company either.

    C. While gaining knowledge of any discipline is great and can expand into other things it doesnít mean if you donít practice that discipline your at a disadvantage. I would consider Ian McCollum one of the most knowledgeable firearms technical historians we currently have in all matters firearms and guess what he doesnít reload, number one reason is time, number 2 is federal and other manufacturers do a good enough job for him, I feel the same way. Iím also comfortable with my current knowledge on firearms and know a lot of reloaders who really arenít that bright.

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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Ok.... Whatever works for ya.

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    Default Re: Change the AR buffer spring or weight first?

    Quote Originally Posted by John7367 View Post
    Much appreciated SgtRecon!!!
    Thank you John,
    forgot another important check, as you are closing the hinged upper/lower, make sure the rear of the bolt carrier contacts the buffer face and slightly retracts it in to the buffer tube as you close it maintaining contact. some out of spec lowers ( buffer retaining detent hole drilled too far rearward ) or carrier/buffer out of spec (Chinesium) can cause great issues and simulate over gassed symptoms if the bolt carrier has to travel rearward before contacting the buffer, the two should always be touching each other...no social distancing here !

    Keep the thread going and let us know how you are doing

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