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ichi-go ichi-e
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So I bought an ar-15 lower and upper from palmetto and they don't seem to want to fit together. I suspect it's the buffer tube. What say you good people?

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Did you try backing it up a couple threads? Cant really see much in that picture


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Yeah that's a terrible picture but it looks like the end of the buffer tube is sticking out through the front of the buffer tube hole on the lower itself, and is all scratched up? It's only supposed to thread about half way, just enough for the plunger to be slightly held in place. Back that buffer tube up several turns.


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Yeah that's a terrible picture but it looks like the end of the buffer tube is sticking out through the front of the buffer tube hole on the lower itself, and is all scratched up? It's only supposed to thread about half way, just enough for the plunger to be slightly held in place. Back that buffer tube up several turns.


I concur only screw in enough to lock in plunger. Leaving the tip exposed. That would be the intended installation. Chris
 
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This is when it's almost there. Just a quarter turn more and you have to push the plunger down to do it...



Perfect. Plunger is just barely retained on its edge by the edge of the buffer tube...



Source: https://www.pewpewtactical.com...r-15-lower-receiver/


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Every once in a while, a person will run across a lower/buffer tube combo that lets the buffer tube thread in too far, ( buffer retainer hole drilled out of position, improperly machined buffer tube and/or lower, etc, ).

First, check to make sure the buffer tube is or isn't the problem, ( will the upper and lower match up without the buffer tube in place? ) if the forward lip of the buffer tube is protruding beyond the lower and making contact with the upper as its closed down onto the lower, it needs to be threaded back a turn or so.. just as long as the lower portion of the buffer tube is still keeping good coverage of the buffer retainer, ( so it doesn't come launching out of the lower, especially during firing ).

The top portion of the buffer tube could also be filed down to fit and then touched up, if you don't have ready access to another buffer tube.


Some better pics from different angles would help.




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Sometime Milspec ain't milspec.

I've had a number of PSA REs that were meh - either they thread too much or not enough.
 
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Sometime Milspec ain't milspec.


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This could be the problem right here.

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I've sent it back to PSA. We'll see what happens. Thank you for the feedback and sorry for the poor photography.
 
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