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308 build or buy?

Discussion in 'The Workbench: Builds And Modifications' started by MikeD, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Just like the AR15 version it is a little undersized which makes this one about the size if a std AR15 handguard.

    So far I have the handguard, upper receiver, bolt and charging handle.

    Hoping to have the lower sometime this month.
  2. Bobster

    Bobster .30-06 Supporter

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    Shameless plug for some good people: Thunder Guns out of Daytona. Their "sister" company does the anodizing for a machine (non gun related) I produce.
  3. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I already have it orderred, its just on backorder several weeks.
  4. zzrguy

    zzrguy .410

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    Build the AR you will not regret it. Just buy your upper and lower together.

    Yes you could buy one cheaper but with what parts. I have built 4 AR10s 2 in 308 1 in 45 raptor and building now 358 Winchester. I picked the trigger the barrel the gas system the furniture. All that in the end is less if you whined up changing stuff. Remember most factory triggers suck compared to the one you'll replace it with ($150 to $350)
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  5. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I did not buy a matched set but was carefull to buy both DPMS spec.

    I like Giessele triggers. Their cheapest is worlds better than most stck truggers.
  6. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Forum Moderator Supporter

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    Alg act. Son!!!!!
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  7. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite "Philanthropist"

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    Or just get the QMS, and enjoy the peacefulness of polishing it up yourself.
  8. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Forum Moderator Supporter

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    pffft for ACT $40 on black friday.... just plug and play
  9. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite "Philanthropist"

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    Well I didn't want to wait that long.
  10. zzrguy

    zzrguy .410

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    I never had the coin for Giessele but the best stock trigger I've ever put in are DPMS clean but a heavy pull.
  11. Fatman Tolly

    Fatman Tolly Copper BB

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    I've built several AR 15s and the best trigger I've come up with for reliability and overall feel (I have a 24" barreled AR target rifle) was an Anderson Stainless set that I cleaned up and polished with a set of JP Enterprises enhanced reliability springs. Great trigger at consistent 4 lb pull.

    Other notes, I picked up a Patriot in 308 a couple years ago to do a 500 yard target rifle. It shot ok but I didn't like the plastic stock so I picked up a Boyd's thumb hole stock and a Harris bi-pod and finally got to shoot it last month when I went to Colorado to visit another YouTuber at 550 yards at a 12x18 steel plate and it was awesome. I didn't like the Bushnell scope I had on it so I picked up up a Nikon P-308 and a set of rings and bases and it made all the difference in the world for me. Loaded up some 168 grain Hornady A-Max bullets. I still need to put in pillars and bed the action but I like the rifle a lot.

    I got the rifle for $275 with shipping and transfer, Stock was $145 shipped and the Scope, rings and bases were $325 installed and bore sighted. Just under $750 into a rifle that is the way I want it. The nice part was that I didn't have to pony up that much cash at one time.

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