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 Budget 50 BMG? Armalite, Noreen, Serbu, Grizzly, State Arms? Which 50 under $3000?
HBARLeatherneck  [Member]
11/15/2010 7:24:59 PM
Armalite 50, single shot .50 BMG for $2700ish
LAR Grizzly $2300-2700
Noreen 50 single shot .50 BMG, for $2000ish
Serbu for $2000-2500
State Arms $2200-3400

anyone with experience with ethese. i have been bored, cant sleep and looking at the sponsor buttons on top. so that made me look at armalite, then i started looking at 50s. then noreen. no i dont have the money. i was just looking for " future" purchase. any info that you have would be great. i dont need websites, i can look online. i mean real life experience. thanks
twitchyfinger  [Member]
11/15/2010 7:56:24 PM
Tag for more info also.
HedleyLamarr  [Team Member]
11/15/2010 11:49:52 PM
I own a State Arms 50 (Competitor) and have shot an AR-50, but have only examined the Noreen and Serbu at gunshows and matches. Here is a quick summary:

Armalite: Probably has the highest sales of any 50 BMG rifle in the country, been around for years, and is well-known in the 50 world. The brake is huge and it had the lowest recoil of any 50 I've shot to date. Accuracy is good and I see a number of them competing in (and winning) FCSA matches. The action is pretty much bombproof and I have seen people building them into bench guns with custom barrels, stocks, etc. The throat length is generous so I'm pretty sure you can shoot just about any surplus 50 ammo that is out there. The Armalite probably has the greatest accuracy potential of the three.

Noreen: I believe relatively new to the market so I have only seen them at gun shows. They are a shell holder design like all of the State Arms guns, so you have to remove the bolt out the back of the receiver to load a round each time. I thought the spring loaded stock was an unnecessary feature but it is the only option of the three that you can get in 408 Chey Tac and 416 Barrett if you are interested in other big calibers.

Serbu: Serbu has also been around for quite a while and I'm sure he has sold a boat load of them. The design is really simple and the shark brake is pretty good, but recoil will be more than an Armalite. I haven't seen them often at FCSA matches but they do offer a 36" heavy barrel option if you want to eek out another 50-100 fps. One thing to note on the Serbu is that he has been holding the retail price of the BFG-50 at $2200 for something like six years now while others have been steadily creeping up in price.

Hedley
Hoser  [Member]
11/15/2010 11:56:10 PM
Armalite.
HBARLeatherneck  [Member]
11/16/2010 4:57:56 AM
yes, i have examined your state arms Hedley. when you were over at my house shooting it. and at the pawnee.
I was thinking they were out of this price range. But, now it looks like they are similarly priced. So, why the state arms? Why did you pick that one over the other competitors?

Thanks Hoser and Hedley.


one more thing. who in Northern Colorado stocks any of these? I am left handed and would just like to look and see if any of them would remotely work. i read about people making the ar50 work. anyone up north have these? i want a left handed one, but it looks like even if I had the money(i dont), they are back ordered and nobody has one.
TaosBob101  [Member]
11/16/2010 4:18:16 PM
Serbu at the RMFCSA MG shoot at the Morgan county location. B&G Guns used to be a CO rep. I shot it ,the wife shot..it was okay..and fun.

Had a Zeiss scope. Hit what we amied at at 800yds. It was a freebie to shoot it. So we didn't buy any of the "colored" ammo at hand. Ball did okay to me. Broke my dental bridge on a Grizz one time...layed my thumb over the top of the buttstock... Thought that one recoiled more in the prone.
HedleyLamarr  [Team Member]
11/17/2010 12:52:16 AM
Originally Posted By HBARLeatherneck:
yes, i have examined your state arms Hedley. when you were over at my house shooting it. and at the pawnee.
I was thinking they were out of this price range. But, now it looks like they are similarly priced. So, why the state arms? Why did you pick that one over the other competitors?

Thanks Hoser and Hedley.


one more thing. who in Northern Colorado stocks any of these? I am left handed and would just like to look and see if any of them would remotely work. i read about people making the ar50 work. anyone up north have these? i want a left handed one, but it looks like even if I had the money(i dont), they are back ordered and nobody has one.


I went with State Arms because they have a good balance of price and accuracy. The shell holder design was not a big deal for me and Larry at State Arms was able to set the gun up with a K&P match grade barrel and a lightweight Jewell trigger. You can get the 30" barreled Shorty for $2250 that comes with a bipod (one of the sturdiest designs I've seen) or you can get the Rebel with a 36" heavy barrel for just $200 more. My gun has done well at 1000 yard matches and I won the hunter class at a match back in the spring. At the same match I shot my best group to date - 5 shots within 5.9" at 1000 yards while shooting prone off the bipod.






YOBAMA  [Member]
11/17/2010 3:18:03 PM
I looked around quite a bit, and decided on an Armalite, mostly for accuracy. I have been getting 4 - 5 inch @ 600 yds, with Barnes solids, seated long.

So far no regrets other than a flat wallet...

Armalite does offer a left hand model, but I dont know when they are going to run a new batch.

I shoot at Ben Lomund, mabe we can schedule a shooting day.
BB493  [Member]
11/19/2010 2:39:43 PM
Send me a PM if your interested in a Tactilite. I've got a T1 out here and may have a T2 headed out here at some point as well. It's in your price range and you get more for the money then some of the others. Feedback so far has been 1" groups at 200 and 4" groups at 600 with the right ammo.