the upper i ordered on monday evening from rogtactical (one of our vendors and awesome folks to deal with) showed up today. its a rainier arms A3 ultramatch. reason i got that upper is its the only one i could find of any quality without M4 cuts and a flattop picatinny.
i decided this is going to go from just a upper to a complete rifle as i already have a really nice magpul PRS buttstock that i like and is just collecting dust atm.
got a pair of 20 round pmags (going to try those out this weekend) full 30's arent fun shooting when clearance underneath is an issue.
here is where im at right now with current parts.
heart of the rifle curtesy of BCM
some pics of the upper
picked up an RRA lower. reason being is that RRA builds or has them built to a slightly tighter tolerance. with it mated up to my A2 RRA lower its SUPER tight. had to use a punch and light hammer to knock the pins lose. not so much that its being forced together but enough so that i cant push the pins out enough to get a grip on them. if i didnt know better i would say the rainier ultramatch and the rra lower were hand fitted together.
i managed to get the prs stock off the rifle buffer tube finally. you can see in this pic where its missing part of a thread. i chucked it up in a pair of blocks cut for holding in my barrel vice and finally broke the buffer tube screw loose. magpul put a LOT of blue loctite on that screw!! when i put it together i didnt think it would be a big deal. im going to have to use a thread cleaning file to get that loctite off.
when i put it all back together ill use a dab of rockset. its no where near as difficult to bust loose as blue but still keeps screws and such from backing out just fine.
expecting the krieger barrel sometime in september. thinking of calling them and see if its not too late to have it fluted after all. they gaurentee on their sight their fluting work wont affect accuracy negatively