Budget Vs. Expensive! BCG's (2023)


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All, right gasps good boy 32 here chicken ass we're gonna continue on with our video comparison budget versus expensive and doing some reviews on some of the items that thanks to companies like OpticsPlanet Palmetto State Armory I've given the opportunity to review some really cool firearms and stuff and accessories and in this case what we're gonna do this is part five I believe we're gonna be taking a look at boat carrier groups bolts and the differences between something that say is on a budget level to something that is beyond anything that I would ever expect this thing is bad to the bone tree and another reason I want to talk to you about this and that you've got something like this this is JP a while back I was talking to a good friend of mine x-ring and we were talking about the differences between a boat gun and the gas gun and reason why it's it's virtually impossible to reach the level of precision with a gas gun as you would with a boat gun I'll put a link down below 1/2 X rings channel because he's huge influence on my channel but also there was a series that I watched on a gentleman.

And when he hand lapped and told and machine a Remington, 700 to the extent that it you don't, appreciate the the degree of accuracy.

And what these people do to a Remington, 700 to turn it into a precision machine, and until I watched that video I didn't have a clear understanding like they were literally hand, turning the face of the bolt, the internals of the bolt they were making sure that the the action was perfectly in alignment.

All it has to do is be skewed off a little bit and that's.

One of the reasons why the degree of accuracy can differ so much in a boat gun or a gas gun is because well something as simple as a boat and I experienced that firsthand the other day.

When I ran two bolts through the same rifle and I achieved two levels of accuracy, just by changing the bolt out and I was really amazed by it.

Ok? So anyway, enough of that check out that series they're about 30 minutes long, but you will achieve a level of appreciation in what I'm talking all right.

So let's.

Talk about this real quickly.

We have deep moment of saint army.

This is their 65 Creedmoor, BCG disses or Gen 2.

And this is a really cool deal.

It has two ejectors.

And let me tell you something I've actually got to turn down the gas on this gun, because it ejects those cases at about a one o'clock position in about 30 yards.

So any case we're gonna have to do that in here.

We have the JP enterprises operating system.

This ladies and gentlemen, is a bolt carrier from from heaven and I'm gonna go ahead and open this thing up here.

We get another sticker.

This guy's, a different color, I think, it's, silver they're, gold.

Here I don't know, what the difference is this one maybe I, don't know, lady case, open it up.

We've got instructions.

We have some JP, lucas oil products.


So, okay, yeah.

Lucas extreme Duty gun.


Thanks a lot like that I've got a couple of lubricant companies that we're gonna be talking to here in a few and spartan systems lubricant systems.

Anyway, those guys we're gonna be deep compering, and de fouling, the PS a barrel later on I'm gonna use those products to show you how well.

They work, at least test them out.

So anyway, there's the box that's going get rid of it in that box.

You're gonna receive the JP special gas rings.

We don't have to worry about that because it actually comes on this JP bolt.

This is a high-pressure bolt and it's set up for the 308, which is basically the same shell casing as the 65 Creedmoor.

But this is not three individual rings.

This is one it's like a key chain kind of deal.

So you put it on there.

I'm not sure exactly how the heck you would put it on there, but we'll maybe cover that later on a later day all right so, what I want to do? Is I want to go ahead? Bring the camera in so we can look at this guy, primarily and then I want to show you the differences between the JP.

This whole setup is probably and I bought all this this.

One of the reasons why we didn't get this video out a little quicker.

This was coming in.

There was a couple other parts also.

But this whole set was about three hundred.

Fifty bucks, just for the bulk carrier and the boat itself.

Now I'm, not sure what this guy sells for individually, but I'm thinking, probably around one hundred and fifty something like that.

But in any case I've never had any issues out of this thing with exception of I had a loose primer, get caught up in to where these lugs are and would not go into full battery and I didn't find out about it until I cleaned it up later on all right so we're, five minutes into this video and haven't, shown you a damn thing, let's, bring his camera can so you can see the details on this guy.

And oh, by the way there is that JP barrel lug thing and it's all set up ready to go, and which is one of the reasons why I need to do this video so that we can check our head spacing.

And in this video, this is one of the reasons why I got to do this in certain order well to check the head spacing on the bolt versus the barrel I got a new scanner war snake, what you want to call those things and as bad as all get-out.

But in any case, guys hurry up, let's, bring camera answer.

You can see what this thing looks like.

It is gorgeous.

Alright, alright.

So first of all look at this thing that is part of their low mass operating system.

And in conjunction with this in the sonic capture spring, this guy, right here is going to be unbelievable.

But what is most impressive about this thing is literally it is it's, it's, nasty smooth.

So when you put it in there, you can see what's going on and yesterday I was talking about how I've got the Ford assist on here and there's nothing to assist it because there's, no ridges right here.

But in any case, a lot of people gonna look at me and laugh at that hope thing, but look how smooth that is.

Now if I take this guy, right here, I don't know, what the difference is actually not a whole lot that's, good that's.

What you can see what the bolt face looks like, yes, alright.

So in any case, pretty cool deal.

There, let's, look at the artists instructions here, real quickly, make sure if we get any details remain efficient, special critical parts, boat assembly, cracks, Campins, holes, blah, blah, blah, ejector bolt face firing pin disassembly.

Okay, no big deal there.

So what this is is this a high-pressure system and the differences are is that the the hole.

The pin itself is very very small.

You can see right there.

Now, what we'll do is I'll, go ahead and bring this and take this apart, real quickly and we'll.

Take a look now, oftentimes I say, there's, no difference between a firing pin and a firing pin, which you can see right, there, there's a big difference.

Now if miss if I get this thing to focus in on the points, you can see right there, there's a huge difference in the points of the firing pin itself going into the bolt let's, go ahead.

And look at that.

Interesting there's, no cam in well.

How do you? How do you like that I'm gonna have to order another cut being part say anyway, lesson learned here, there's, no camp in for the bolt itself as you can see look at that thing and that beautiful look at the tooling.

Now, the face right here that is where the accuracy happens.

Because what happens is sometimes that your face is not perfectly perpendicular with the rear of this casing you're gonna end up with some accuracy issues.

Now what we're gonna have to do down the road? I'm gonna have to take this whole thing apart right here, but I'm, not happy about not having a camp in I didn't, even think about that.

So any we're gonna have to figure that out or at least order a part overnight it that irritates me, I, don't like interchanging parts, I mean, I could take the campaign out of this.

Actually, you know what I do have a couple of 308 bolts laying around so I can actually take it out of there, no big deal.

Anyway, that's a campaign that came out of the BCG of this guy right here.

Now, what I want you guys? Look at is the differences between these two things may not appear like a whole lot.

But there are just a few too subtle differences.

Pretty cool.

Go ahead show you what the face of the bolts look like the machining.

This is absolutely perfect right here.

So one of the things I wanted to show you in addition to just a general overview of between the two bolts is that this does have the rubber donut ring inside it.

The bolt from the Palmetto State Armory actually does not have the donut ring in.

Oh there we go.

Well anyway, there are some subtle differences also let's.

Take a look at the interior.

You see right? There, single injectors and dual injectors, there's the big difference.

And then you can see on the PSA bolt carrier.

You can see some machine marks right there.

You can also see them along the sides and the cuts here.

But of course, this guy right here actually has a couple little Dean's that I'm not happy about is what it is all right.

So basically, that's.

It that's.

The difference between a JP bolt carrier, see other gas keys and that's it.

The only thing I can tell you is that I can't, wait to get this thing running.

So what I'm gonna have to do put some lubricant in there start off with and then we're gonna have to go back and find myself a 308 bolt campaign anyway, guys that's it.

This is the JP low-mass operating system in comparison with the high-end.

And the budget pretty cool looking differences.

You know, a lot of people say is there is no difference, but I almost do this between the two let's see what the weight differences are let's.

Go ahead and weigh this guy.

This is nitride finish or parkerized.

Fourteen point four ounces.

And this guy is ten point eight.

So you know, it was a three point three pan at three ounces.

Three point, four 3.8 ounces something like that.

But you can see the differences in the slide cuts and where the weights gains are being saved.

That's, pretty cool.

It's got a more thirty teeth like this video.

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What is the most reliable BCG for AR-15? ›

The Daniel Defense M16 5.56 Bolt Carrier Group is the overall best AR-15 BCG on the market. With its durable construction and precision engineering, the M16 5.56 would make a fine addition to your collection if you're a gun enthusiast.

Does bolt carrier group matter? ›

Simply put, the single most important part of your AR-15 in terms of reliability is your bolt carrier group. If you're building a new rifle, the two most important parts to not cheap out on are the BCG and barrel.

What is the best BCG for Aero upper? ›

Aero BCG – Aero Precision Pro 5.56 BCG

The best Aero BCG (Bolt Carrier Group) is the Precision Pro Series 5.56. It is a high quality AR-15 bolt carrier group made from machined steel. This bolt carrier group is the perfect compliment to our Aero Precision M4E1 complete upper receivers.

What bolt carrier group does the military use? ›

Full auto (or M16-style) BCGs are designed to be used by military and law enforcement but they don't automatically make a rifle automatic. In fact, all that means is that the BCG is a bit heavier, which actually increases the reliability of the carrier. Most BCGs on the market today are full-auto ones.

Which AR-15 to avoid? ›

So the bottom line is this, avoid AR-15 manufacturers who make guns chambered in . 223 Remington, and stick to guns chambered in 5.56 Nato or . 223 Wylde (which is a hybrid chambering that can fire both rounds and improve the ARs accuracy).

What BCG does Socom use? ›

Toolcraft DLC 458 SOCOM Bolt Carrier Group is a Full-Auto M16 BCG, manufactured using a 9310 steel bolt, and 8620 steel carrier.

Is chrome lined BCG better than nickel boron? ›

Hard Chrome has the edge in hardness but Nickel Boron wins on slickness. Both are superior finishes with distinctly different looks. Nickel Boron tends to have more shine especially compared to matte chrome. Nickel Boron is easy to find today while Chrome is hard to find and generally more expensive.

Is nickel boron the best BCG? ›

A Nickel Boron BCG with its slick surface will clean up quite a bit easier and faster than a standard BCG with a phosphate finish. The rough phosphate tends to hold the dirt and grime while the Nickel Boron doesn't seem to as much.

Who makes PSA premium BCG? ›

PSA 5.56 Premium Full Auto Bolt Carrier Group With Logo

Another fantastic BCG from Palmetto State Armory is the PSA 5.56 Premium Full Auto Bolt Carrier Group With Logo, and let me explain why this is another awesome bolt carrier group that you should consider… First of all, this is a strong and well-built BCG.

What are the most durable BCGs? ›

#1 Aero Precision Nickel Boron BCG

The incredibly slick Aero Precision Nickel Boron BCG is our #1 pick for an AR15 BCG. Nickel Boron is a state of the art finish that is extremely durable while also being very slick.

What kind of BCG does Bear Creek Arsenal use? ›

Our M16 bolt carrier groups (BCG) Bolts and bolt carriers are made with 9310 Steel and have a black nitride finish, we also have Nickel Boron BCGs that will take your build to the next level.

How many rounds does a bolt carrier group last? ›

The bolt carrier group is one of the most critical components of the rifle. On a hobby rifle, shoot your gun until a lug cracks on the bolt, then replace the bolt. If your life depends on your rifle, replace the bolt carrier group every 10,000 rounds. If you can afford it, carry a spare bolt carrier group with you.

Can you buy a full auto bolt carrier group? ›

We carry full-auto BCGs to provide our customers with those high-quality benefits a heavier part has to offer including reliability, recoil reduction, and overall longevity. Our products have been tested and proven in the field.

How many rounds is a bolt carrier group good for? ›

The rule of thumb is to change them out every 5,000 rounds. Again, my rifle was at 12,000 rounds and the rings passed the test, but I changed them out anyway.

Why is Palmetto State Armory so cheap? ›

Palmetto State Armory uses bulk pricing to reduce their manufacturing costs and offer better prices to their customers. If you're concerned that the price looks a bit too low for quality components, worry not. They're not cutting corners.

Which AR is most reliable? ›

14 Best AR-15s for the Money
  • Daniel Defense M4A1. The Daniel Defense M4A1 AR-15 will be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a reliable and customizable AR-15. ...
  • PSA Sabre. ...
  • Palmetto State Armory PA-15. ...
  • Aero Precision M4E1. ...
  • Wilson Combat AR-15. ...
  • Daniel Defense DDM4 V7. ...
  • Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II. ...
  • Stag Arms Stag-15.
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What AR-15 holds its value the best? ›

Best AR-15 For the Money - BCM RECCE-16 Carbine

BCM's RECCE-16 Carbine is our choice for the best AR-15 for the money. The 1-7" twist 16" barrel is Mil-Spec 11595E and has a manganese phosphate finish. Depending on the position of the stock, the overall length is 32.5"-35.5".

What do Navy SEALs use for optics? ›

Holographic optics are very durable and can withstand a beating. It is the optic of choice for soldiers from the Navy SEALS, the Green Berets, and the Marine Raiders.

What rifle brand do seals use? ›

The M4A1 carbine is the primary weapon used by SEAL operators. A shorter, more compact version of the M16A2 rifle, it was specially designed for U.S. Special Operations Forces.

What length barrel do seals use? ›

SEAL Recon Rifle
DesignerU.S. Navy SEAL armorers Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division
Barrel length16 inch (406 mm)
Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO Mk 262 Mod 0
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Is black nitride better than phosphate? ›

A nitride exterior will protect the barrel longer than a phosphate exterior finish. However, a chrome-lined, or phosphate, barrel will hold up better to sustained fire than a nitride interior. Nitride has a slight edge in accuracy and price. However, phosphate coated/chrome lined barrels are more common.

Are phosphate BCG good? ›

The phosphate provides a long lasting resistance to corrosion. It is very common because it is inexpensive, durable and easy to apply. A phosphated surface generally has some texture to it which can allow it to "hold oil" better than other finishes. This rough surface can be more difficult to clean though.

Is nitride as good as chrome lined? ›

Which is more accurate? Both can be precise, but Nitride will always be more accurate all things being equal. Nitride “locks in” the bore, chrome will add material to it.

Should I use anti seize on bolts? ›

Anti-seize should be used when two metals are involved (similar or dissimilar), when threads may be exposed to corrosion and fastener that frequently get removed.

Should you grease bolts before torque? ›

Sometimes the use of a calibrated torque wrench can still affect the bolt tension if lubrication is not applied. Lubrication is therefore a necessary way to help the threads, header (or washer) to consistently tighten to the degree of force required.

What is the best metal for a bolt carrier group? ›

Steel Bolt Carrier Groups

Steel is the most common material used for bolt carrier groups because it is durable, heat resistant, and withstands wear and tear well. As an added bonus, it's not too expensive.

What is the advantage of a nickel boron BCG? ›

Nickel boron coated carriers have the reduced chance of premature gas ring wear which can cause blow by, or gas leakage, causing the weapon to malfunction. Gas system tubes can benefit from the Nitro met process by protecting the nipple from wear from the gas key, which results in gas leakage and blow by.

Is toolcraft nickel boron BCG any good? ›

Toolcraft BCG Review – Is It Right For You? Toolcraft BCGs are made using extremely high-quality materials and machining standards. Their carriers are built from a propriety 8620 steel which is extremely robust, and because their carriers can last thousands of rounds, they're backed up with a Lifetime Warranty…

What BCG does Noveske use? ›

5.56 RCA Black Nitride Bolt Carrier Group.

Is fail zero a good BCG? ›

No matter the finish, to make a great BCG you need a great bolt and Fail Zero makes one of the best. The FailZero bolt is machined from the tried-and-true MIL-SPEC Carpenter 158 steel. This is the steel that has been proven time and again on the battlefield and I like that.

Who makes Geissele BCG? ›

The Reliability Enhanced Bolt Carrier Group is a 5.56mm full-mass, full-auto rated M16/M4 bolt carrier group manufactured in Geissele's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in North Wales, PA.

Who makes Springfield Armory BCG? ›

Springfield Armory SAINT
Place of originUnited States
Production history
Designedc. 2016
ManufacturerSpringfield Armory, Inc.
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What is the most corrosion resistant gun finish? ›

Cerakote is a tough, thin, and protective ceramic coating that offers superb corrosion resistance, is exceptionally resistant to scratches and tolerates extreme heat — up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

What does a lightweight BCG do? ›

Why Get a Lightweight BCG? As we mentioned above… lowering the mass of the primary thing moving around in your rifle is going to help minimize the overall movement. This will let you get back on target faster and reduce the felt recoil.

Does a BCG affect accuracy? ›

Does the bolt carrier group affect accuracy in an AR15? The bolt affects accuracy in an AR-15 more than the carrier group. To get the most accuracy, the bolt and barrel have to be machined so that the headspacing is optimal when the round is chambered and the bolt locked.

How is Bear Creek Arsenal so cheap? ›

Through mass production, experienced employees, and effective quality control measures we can ensure low prices for a high accuracy rifle.

Who are Bear Creek Arsenal competitors? ›

Alternatives and possible competitors to Bear Creek Arsenal may include WatchBox , Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages , and Parsons Jewelry .

What BCG is needed for 300 blackout? ›

AT3™ AR-15 Bolt Carrier Group (BCG) – 5.56 NATO/. 300 Blackout – Black Nitride.

Is it worth it to upgrade BCG? ›

If you're building a new rifle, the two most important parts to not cheap out on are the BCG and barrel. If you're shooting a factory-built rifle, the biggest potential upgrade you can make for a long lasting, durable rifle is a new BCG.

How long will an AR-15 last? ›

The AR-15 is the small block Chevy of firearms. Almost all the parts are easily replaceable and there are multiple manufacturers offering parts for them. Off the top of my head, a barrel is a consumable item lasting around 25,000–30,000 rounds depending on type and quality (and who you ask).

Do I need a full auto bolt carrier for a binary trigger? ›

This means that you'll need a full-auto bolt carrier in your AR platform for it to work properly. The Fostech trigger is easy to assemble, but there are some aspects to consider. First, attach the lower receiver before pulling the trigger. If you don't follow this instruction, your parts may scatter.

Does bolt carrier group affect recoil? ›

Since the BCG (along with the buffer) comprises the mass that reciprocates from shot to shot, they affect felt recoil and muzzle rise.

Do bolt carriers wear out? ›

#4: Your Firing Pin

The fact is, the parts that make up your BCG, or bolt carrier group, are perhaps some of the most prone to accelerated wear and tear. Within your BCG resides your firing pin. Your firing pin can fracture and break with time and use.

Is Carpenter 158 steel good? ›

Carpenter 158 is a chrome-nickel alloy steel with an analysis representing the best case hardening steel known for parts subject to heavy shock and wear. This alloy is ideally suited for jobs where an extra measure of core strength is required.

What is the best BCG for PSA AR-15? ›

5 Best AR15 Bolt Carrier Groups
  • #1 Aero Precision Nickel Boron BCG.
  • #2 Aero Precision Black Nitride BCG.
  • #3 Toolcraft Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) BCG.
  • #4 Colt Mil-Spec BCG.
  • #5 Bravo Company Manufacturing BCM BCG.

Does AR-15 BCG affect accuracy? ›

Tuning the gas tube for minimal contact through the receiver and in the gas key atop the bolt carrier group (BCG) not only reduces its potentially adverse affect on accuracy, it can aid reliability and smooth operation.

What should I look for in an AR BCG? ›

Mil-Spec Bolt Carrier Groups
  • High Pressure Tested (HPT)
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI)
  • Heat treated and shot peened.
  • Bolt carrier machined 8620 steel.
  • Carpenter 158 steel bolt.
  • Chrome-lined interior bolt carrier key and bolt carrier.
  • Torqued and staked gas key screws.
  • Coated with a matte black mil-spec finish.

Is black nitride or phosphate BCG better? ›

On the basis of performance, nitride wins. For nostalga, phosphate wins. The battle between these two smooth finishes comes down to cost vs performance. Both are excellent finishes that are very hard, smooth and high performing.

Is nickel boron self lubricating? ›

But for those who seek even higher protection and anti-corrosion with self-lubricating properties, then Nickel boron is the standard.

How many rounds is a BCG good for? ›

The opposite approach works by pulling the bolt out and setting the BCG on the bolt head: If the bolt can hold the carrier in either direction, your rings are still in good shape. The rule of thumb is to change them out every 5,000 rounds.

Should I use a low mass BCG? ›

Why Get a Lightweight BCG? As we mentioned above… lowering the mass of the primary thing moving around in your rifle is going to help minimize the overall movement. This will let you get back on target faster and reduce the felt recoil.

What is the best metal for a BCG? ›

Steel is the most common material used for bolt carrier groups because it is durable, heat resistant, and withstands wear and tear well. As an added bonus, it's not too expensive.

What makes a high quality AR-15? ›

Features that make a great AR-15

In our opinion, these are the top three features that help make a great AR: a quality barrel, a quality bolt carrier group (BCG), and a good trigger. (Although a good shooter can usually shoot a bad trigger accurately, assuming the barrel and BCG are good.)

What makes a BCG full auto rated? ›

What's the difference? The difference between the two BCGs is the presence of a full auto lug. The bottom portion of the BCG has a lug that contacts the sear release in a full auto trigger groups and allows the gun to fire in fully automatic.

What makes an AR-15 more accurate? ›

Best AR-15 Upgrades: Barrels

A barrel replacement can improve accuracy, especially at long range. While they can be expensive to upgrade, a top-quality barrel can have a huge impact on your rifle's mechanical accuracy, making this one of the best AR-15 upgrades possible for shrinking your groups.

What should I sight my AR-15 at? ›

The 25-yard target shouldn't take much adjusting with your rifle scope. Precision at that range is almost guaranteed for an average shooter with an AR-15. However, if you used a green laser bore sight to zero at 100 yards, it's about understanding MOA.

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