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Kwaynebb 01-26-2012 07:01 AM

Decided on 6.5 Grendel
With a lot of thought and moderate ballistic research I have decided to go with the 6.8 on my 2nd build. I am only doing the upper and I really want to assemble it myself. Is this a little over ambitious considering I have only "built" one AR and I assembled the lower and ordered the upper complete? I would also like to know if y'all have any preferred manufacturers on parts. Mainly the important stuff BCG, barrel, ect. I can handle the aesthetics with a little help from a Troy BattleRail, or VTAC. Thanks

Gloves 01-26-2012 03:06 PM

Sounds good to me, why did you end up going with the 6.8 Grendel?

lunarmanathome 01-26-2012 04:44 PM

I'm not sure what you chose - your title is 6.5 and your post is 6.8. There is nothing about those two that are similar and there is frankjly a lot of stupidity about which one is better - its like comparing candles to oranges.

Nope not at all ambitious, it's prudent. check out Hamlund Tactical NiB BCG - or you can run a phosphate coated one - there is no affect on performance, the former is just easier to clean.

When you torque on you muzzle device - make sure your barrel is in the vice and you aren't torquing the receiver - you will bend the barrel extension alignment pin (speaking from experience here). Also, ususally these are "timed" meaning they are oriented. If it has a crush washer, you'll be doing this for a bit until it's where you need it to be. It's an easy assembly

Kwaynebb 01-26-2012 05:58 PM

I apologize for my illiteracy! I don't know where the 6.8 came from. I am going with the 6.5 Grendel because of the effectiveness down range. I was torn between several different calibers all which would serve different purposes, but my conclusion was that I want something that will reach past 500-600 yards no problem and run on the standard AR platform.

Thank you for the advice and tips thus far. I would also like to know if anyone has a preferred brand of tools. This is where I have to start, and at the moment I have nothing for an upper assembly. Blocks, wrenches, smithing tools. If you know of any that are better than the rest (but still affordable) please let me know.

lunarmanathome 01-26-2012 07:20 PM

Brownells is a great source for tools, but honestly get a list of what you want and price shop them. There is no brand per se that is better than others - and a brand name that does the same as a no brand name is going to cost you more.

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