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Old 03-31-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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I am planning out a 50 Beowulf build for a hog hunting rifle and was looking at choices for handguard. My barrel is 18" with the mid length gas system. I am looking for an adjustable gas block and a light weight rifle length free float to fit over it. A full length top rail is a plus, but I do not want a quad rail. Too hard on the hands. Any ideas?

I have considered a carbon tube and adding the top rail myself. Possibly a short bottom rail for the green laser.

cheap handguard will not be considered because of the severe duty this rifle will be put through. Hog hunting at night is dangerous! Parts failure can get you badly hurt....

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I like magpul grips. I feel they are more sturdy than the stock military ones.

My .458 Socom uses a thick solid aluminum free float tube, no holes or weight saving features. It might as well be a galvanized pipe from under my sink. It is much more sturdy than the plastic magpul.

I do think it's heavier than is necessary.



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I like magpul grips. I feel they are more sturdy than the stock military ones.

My .458 Socom uses a thick solid aluminum free float tube, no holes or weight saving features. It might as well be a galvanized pipe from under my sink. It is much more sturdy than the plastic magpul.

I do think it's heavier than is necessary.

I had to paint it with Brownell's Olive Drab to match.
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Keep us posted on the build.
Nice build. I looked at the 458 socom and went with the Beowulf because of barrel availability. Neither stood far above the other. I reload my own ammo so no great savings there.

Why did you build yours? Most of these are built for a reason other than "it's cool and different, let's build one".
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Nice build. I looked at the 458 socom and went with the Beowulf because of barrel availability. Neither stood far above the other. I reload my own ammo so no great savings there.

Why did you build yours? Most of these are built for a reason other than "it's cool and different, let's build one".
It was a toss up between the 458 and 50 for me too. I wanted to go with one that had the most support behind it. At time of build, there were 2 barrel manufactures and 2 major ammo manufactures and SOCOM was said to use it. Still a toss-up for me.

Reason for the build? I wanted more power.
If in a CQB, I would rather shoot a larger more powerful round.
Also at the time I had planned to hunt hogs (that's been put on hold for a while)

I figure the effective range of these rounds is about 125 yards before the 1/2 oz rounds start dropping to earth too fast to predict.
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Was looking at handguard today, I really like the Seekins precision sbr3 in 12". Nice and smooth, flat bottom and continuous top rail. The mounting system looks pretty good too. May be the way I go if the backorders aren't too long.

Anyone have experience with this guard and their upper? May as well use the whole system if I go this way.

UPDATE Gunbroker price on this handguard and the upper to match are $720 . Too pricey for my build. Maybe I will just be ordering a plain carbon tube after all. If I go that way I will be installing a continuous top rail myself. Time for a trip to my buddys machine shop...

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