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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:37 pm    Post subject: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

I have been considering attempting a custom AR build using an 80% lower and building a gun just for my use in longer range accuracy.
If anyone has comments or experience I would be happy to hear it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

I take it you're doing this for the challenge, rather than any other reason. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

The challenge and the education as well as the pure fun of it.
I already know it is not going to be cheaper than just buying one off the shelf but I can build it the way I want it with my own two hands.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

I did learn to assemble AR lowers inside a big, clear plastic bag. It'll save you a lot of time and aggravation when those damn little springs and pins go flying...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:10 am    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

I'll remember that trick... right after I lose my first spring and detent. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

How often do you have to come out for air?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

Bushmaster wrote:
How often do you have to come out for air?

Haha Haha Haha Haha Haha Haha

Right after you get your last spring and detent locked in place mate.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

As funny as that sounds I wonder how many people would wear a bag.
Never underestimate stupidity.
I can make the special tools to put in those springs and detents. I have plans for roll pin starter punches but I am going to have to buy the special wrenches for the buffer tube and barrel nuts. I think I will invest in the vice blocks too, just to make it easier on myself.
I do wonder if I will want another one after I build one... I hear it can be addictive. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

Bushy, I run an air hose into the bag...

Paul, I've put together a couple of lowers for purchased AR-15 uppers. Now I've got another whole rifle scattered on the work table and most of another in a box underneath. After I finish those I believe I'll try an AR-10. Is it addictive? Well...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

Pumpkinslinger wrote:
Bushy, I run an air hose into the bag...

Paul, I've put together a couple of lowers for purchased AR-15 uppers. Now I've got another whole rifle scattered on the work table and most of another in a box underneath. After I finish those I believe I'll try an AR-10. Is it addictive? Well...
Hey Pumpkinslinger,
How heavy can you build an AR10? I don't want to shoot a lightweight 308. I like 10 pound rifles, is there one that comes close?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

DPMS Panther .308.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

My .458 SOCOM AR-15 weighs about 8.5 pounds, empty with scope. That's almost exactly the same as the Marlin .45-70, with scope. According to Wikipedia an AR-10 weighs between 7.5 and 9 pounds empty, w/o scope. So I'd think making it weigh 10 pounds would be easy.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

I have flip-up iron sights on my AR 10 (no scope). Add the 20 round magazine and it will weigh right at 10 lbs.

I know because I just weighed it with a loaded magazine.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

You guys get to play with all the good toys...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Building AR from 80% lower Reply with quote

dhc4ever wrote:
You guys get to play with all the good toys...
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Yes mate...and Bushy’s AR10 is a real pussy cat to use as well...and damn it’s accurate.

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