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Help deciding on AR build, and estimated cost.
07-12-2016, 02:05 PM
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Help deciding on AR build, and estimated cost.
Hey everybody, So I am in a internal debate. I am looking to return into competitive shooting sports, I originally planned on building a .223 and a 7.62 NATO. However in order to get all my necessary gear, I am thinking of just doing one initial build for my rifle. I like the idea of the lighter .223, but I really think I should go with the .308/7.62. I usually do most of my hunting Archery, and don't turn to my rifle very often. However, I want to option. I mean for the competition side, if there are any shots over 600 yards I can know more reliably I can perform longer range shots with the .308

Also, I don't have much fatigue from holding a .308 in the various positions. I ran through a typical competition setting with a 13.5 lbs .308 semi-auto. That's not including the scope, I don't know how much that added. Main point is holding it up never became an issue, or impacted my performance.

So being more confident with a .308 for distance. As well it being a better option for hunting, if I have the chance to hunt beyond my normal area, I like that I will have a rifle with options for a larger variety of game.

So I am looking at shooting an ambi- option rifle, as I am left eye dominant. Has anyone performed a build like this, with a free float barrel, 15" handguard, 20-24" barrel, decent match grade trigger, and a PRS style adjustable buttstock.
Again with ambi- or left handed parts.
Does anyone have a rough guess on the cost, and any reason that I should go for the .223/5.56 instead?
Really willing to take any advice, and anyone's rough idea on a cost. I dont know how much a LH or Ambi build will cost, and if I should just buy a pre-built option?
Thanks Everybody,
James
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07-12-2016, 08:59 PM
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I have a number of .308 platforms. I really like the Ruger SR-762, and I have a DPMS LR-308 Lite in a long range set up. Both are excellent platforms. The Ruger is .308 x 51 and is less than a 1.5 lb's heavier than an AR. It's a piston gun. It's my go to rifle for SHTF. I have a Colt AR and a Ruger SR-556 (the little brother of the SR-762).

There is a pic of the DPMS set up in the 'gun porn' section under ' a good breakfast. I'd love to see what she can do over 800 yards... that is the longest distance I have had experience with.

http://www.rdaforum.com/thread-160.html

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07-14-2016, 09:12 AM
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Here is a rifle that a friend of my brother just bought. He had it customized a little bit more, but this is the platform he started with. They took it out and said that it was BEA-U-TIFUL to shoot. 800 yards was not even a challenge.

https://www.falkordefense.com/rifles/pet...bon-fiber/

At the same range we were shooting my brothers custom build 10.5" 556/223 out to 600 to 700 yards. It was a blast.

My son loves his 338 Lapua, but time gets in the way of a regular shoot.

I am in the process of putting together or just buying a 308 22" or 24" setup. Aero precision has a real good price on 308 rifles. To bad its only a 20" setup but I may go this route.
http://aeroprecisionusa.com/m5e1-30820b-...rifle.html

I already built a 24" fluted 556/223 and at 425 yards (limit of my range), it is spot on. Just changed out the trigger and have not had time to take it back out to the range.
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07-14-2016, 09:20 PM
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I am in love with Geissele SSA-E triggers. The first thing I do with any AR platform (either .308 or 5.56) is to replace the trigger with this one. Once you try one, everything else seems substandard.

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