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First lower build

Discussion in 'The Workbench: Builds And Modifications' started by dieselmudder, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    Local shop didn't have any IMR 3031 this evening, but they did have these. Anderson stripped lower for 55 bucks. Going to build a lower for the 20 inch rifle. Need suggestions for an LPK.
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  2. oli700

    oli700 12g Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Not ptac
  3. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    Duly noted. Seems everybody and their brother makes lower parts kits anymore. It might be easier to advise on what NOT to buy.
  4. tattooo

    tattooo .30-06

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    Anderson did Oli dirty.... I'll learn from his mistake, but hope it works out for you diesel
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  5. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    If you're looking for one stop shopping, I've used these Spike's kits in several of my projects. These are good quality and very consistent...

    http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Spike_s_Tactical_Lower_Parts_Kit_p/sp-slpk101.htm

    On my last few I've been piecing together lower parts separately though. There's not really a kit out there that has everything I want, like winter trigger guards, reduced power trigger springs, anti-walk trigger pins, etc. The trigger and springs are the most important parts in an LPK and the cheaper kits usually include a run of the mill junk trigger to keep the cost down. I spend a little extra on the trigger parts and the rest of the pins, springs, and detents can be pieced together for next to nothing...
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  6. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    I built the upper that will sit on this lower from an Anderson blem. And couldn't be happier. I followed his build. I understand taking pride in what you create, but my standards aren't quite as high as his. If I have serious fitment or function issues with this lower then I will be disappointed. Cosmetics are low on my priorities list though.
  7. MikeD

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

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    I tend to go with whatever LPK I can find cheap.

    I also will immediqtely replace
    • the trigger guard with a elongated model for use with gloves
    • trigger springs with something lighter
    • Grip bolt with trigger adjuster screw (thanks LES!)

    DPMS, despite having a bit of a squishy trigger has been reliable (made much better with the trigger adjuster)
    Spikes LPK has been pretty good out of the box.
  8. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    Thanks LES. I forgot all about Joe Bobs. They also had the LuthAR stock I want to use on this rifle.
  9. oli700

    oli700 12g Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    in my defense those marks were not cosmetic, that's where the barrel extension seats, a lot of people even put a cement, sealer or a lock tight in that area so the extension has even pressure on a receiver that even looks perfect to the naked eye

    when I installed the barrel the end of the extension didn't even have contact with receiver

    then the pic rail machining didn't even allow a flush mount for my rear iron sight

    the only cosmetic bitch was that the upper rail didn't match the handguard......and actually I still cant mount half of an optic on the receiver and half on the handguard because its off enough that the front pic mount will not seat so technically its beyond cosmetics but I don't care about that part because I don't need to do it but if I did I couldn't

    Anderson like a lot of other budget sources are hit and miss, it didn't take much internet searching to find many more problems, non cosmetic......you may never have a problem or never see a problem if you don't have an eye for it
  10. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    Thanks for the clarification. As is right now mine is working as good as I could possibly hope for.
  11. cockedNlocked

    cockedNlocked Product Review Manager Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Only use 3 different LPK for the 20 plus lowers i have built, Daniel defense is my main go to, Spikes and Stag are my others i use.
  12. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    DPMS isn't really too bad. They can polish up to make a decent OEM trigger.

    Like Oli said, avoid PTAC trigger groups, and I hated (emphasis HATED) the stainless steel trigger/hammer that came from Anderson. It just SUCKED.

    The rest of the Anderson kit was OK. But the FCG was terrible.
  13. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    There she is, my first 100% built by me. Anderson lower, Spikes LPK and stock/tube/buffer and spring given to me by a buddy. Trigger will have to be upgraded soon, its twice as heavy as my M&P I did polish it before I put it in though. Dunno if I'll keep the stock or go to a fixed length adjustable or skeleton type yet. Have to shoot it awhile. I'll upgrade parts one by one, and have a nice collection of spares. Later this summer I'll probably get another lower. And build another carbine. Then put the M&P back to factory original.
  14. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Good looking precision shooter.
  15. oli700

    oli700 12g Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    leave the stock !.....its awesome

    waiting for you to not like the eye relief ......I guess it depends how you mount the rifle but that scope would not work for me there. I mean it would but I wouldn't be comfortable,mine is JUST acceptable if I could I would move it forward another inch or two I would but its going to take a new mount to do that for me. you still have a little room
  16. Itsricmo

    Itsricmo .30-06

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    I have a PTAC (w/ MOE) Lower Build Kit and had 0 issues... perhaps I haven't run enough ammo through it yet 200ish rounds
  17. oli700

    oli700 12g Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Even a blind squerel finds a nut from time to time

    One would let the hammer loose on safe, 0 rounds

    One never had issues but it was the nastiest trigger I ever pulled on an AR
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  18. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Good lookin shooter! Nice job...
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  19. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    I know it's all the rage for carbines and M4's in particular, but I just love the rifle setup.

    In my opinion, they're the best shooters in the AR realm.
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  20. Itsricmo

    Itsricmo .30-06

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    Well, I presume that would be an issue for sure... I'm eventually going to do better and get a good, reputable, trigger. However, my first and second born kin are priority :D haha

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