Originally Posted by CrackbottomLouis
Thanks. I would actually prefer not to build but was a little tempted. I did use an ar overseas but there are a lot of options on the civilian side. I live in the southeast and want something that in a pinch could double as a hunting rifle as well as self defense. I was hoping I could overcome some of the shortcomings in rangs and light round with quality rifle and ammo. Wont be shooting tracers. The bells and whistles Ill get seperately but dont reall want to budget more rhan a grand for rifle.
If you want to double-duty as a hunting rifle, the best thing you could do is opt for a longer barrel (higher velocity, better accuracy) as that will get better performance out of all ammo. Your choice of ammo will determine the best twist rate, but since 55gr is the standard surplus size and you can get match grade 55gr, then possibly looking for a longer barrel, 1 in 9 twist would give you the rifle to handle hunting chores and self defense. Oh, and like some others here, both PSA or BCM would be great companies to get an affordable, reliable firearm from.