Well you have to decide on the caliber you want then see if it makes any sense buying it in an AR upper. This could be a case where a complete 30-30 lever action rifle makes more sense. Or a value priced bolt action in .308 or 30-06. These rounds are very common and easy to find.
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together.
You'll remember the quality of a gun long after you forget how much you paid for it.
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