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Old 04-08-2013, 06:57 PM   #11
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I just want a long range platform. I really love the AR platform, and not really a bolt gun platform guy. I have other weapons for CQB and other purposes. I figure if I'm building another AR , I want to get some range. I comfortable shooting up to 500-600 meters now, but would like to go longer. Money is not that much of an issue, I expected to invest 3-4k. I guess it's just a personal challenge to build a rifle that can do that, and then learn to shoot that range. I have friends who were snipers and like to learn from them. I just don't have the rifle that can do that yet.
Two pieces of advice:

Bolts will generally serve you better for your dollar.

But if you prefer SA, and understand the higher investment required...do your research. In a lot of ways, I'm with you. I like both SA rifles and the AR platform. An AR-10 absolutely can be an ultra-precise 1000yd gun. But it will be an expensive venture. And you need to recognize that (especially if building) many 308 AR platforms/parts are not compatible with the next brand. It's a little different from the "everything fits everything else" world of DI AR-15s.

As much as I like building, I would recommend buying a complete rifle that suits your needs and then purchasing the mags/accessories that fit it. This is why I mention that I may buy a DPMS Recon or M1A...I know that platforms suit my needs, and after that I'll simply worry about accessories...rather than parts/fit/conversion/compatability issues.

Figure out your budget and find a maker (that you'll really like, because you're going to have some $ tied up in the name recognition alone) that best offers what you're looking for. When it comes to 308, I really like Armalite, DPMS, FN, also like LMT, and dislike RRA. Just personal preferences. I have my own reasons and I'm not about to say that anyone is inferior. It's all about what specs you prefer.

I know DPMS has a somewhat cheapo rep when it comes to AR-15s. But my experience with them has generally been good. And I think it takes a significant step forward when it comes to the quality of their 308 platforms. YMMV.
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Thanks for the advice. Ive been doing some research and see that the compatibility configuration is a challenge. I was going to start of with a Mega upper and lower. They seem to be the most builder friendly when it comes to compatibility I other components. I do t know why, butt I'm stubborn as a mule, and when my wheels start spinning i only go forward.

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I just want a long range platform. I really love the AR platform, and not really a bolt gun platform guy. I have other weapons for CQB and other purposes. I figure if I'm building another AR , I want to get some range. I comfortable shooting up to 500-600 meters now, but would like to go longer. Money is not that much of an issue, I expected to invest 3-4k. I guess it's just a personal challenge to build a rifle that can do that, and then learn to shoot that range. I have friends who were snipers and like to learn from them. I just don't have the rifle that can do that yet.
If you want a caliber on an AR10 style platform to shoot at 1k,and do it well,then look at the 6.5 Creedmoor or 260 Remington. The 6.5 caliber bullets are so much better ballistically than the .308 bullets.
For long range shooting with these calibers,I'd go with a 24 or 26 inch barrel. I run a 20 inch barrel on my LR-260,but I wanted it for a lighter weight hunting rifle.

Mega makes a good upper/lower set-up,and I'd look at Krieger for a good barrel!
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Well if you reload, check out the 6.5 grendel/.264 lbc . That will do 1200 yards with the right setup up. There is factory ammo available for it, and the best part, you can put it on a standard ar15 lower. No need to go with an ar10.

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There's a great thread on snipershide.com that goes over the pros and cons of every caliber. If you want I'll dig it up for you.

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Thanks for the info guys.

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I just want a long range platform. I really love the AR platform, and not really a bolt gun platform guy. I have other weapons for CQB and other purposes. I figure if I'm building another AR , I want to get some range. I comfortable shooting up to 500-600 meters now, but would like to go longer. Money is not that much of an issue, I expected to invest 3-4k. I guess it's just a personal challenge to build a rifle that can do that, and then learn to shoot that range. I have friends who were snipers and like to learn from them. I just don't have the rifle that can do that yet.
If long range is your primary concern, go with a 24 inch heavy barrel.

You'll need a gun bearer to help you carry it around, but with the right ammo and shooter behind the sights it will do the job.

You mighjt also consider looking for a rifle chambered in .300 SAUM or Winchester short magnum. Ga Precision www.gaprecision.net will build one for you in magnum calibers.
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