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falcon11player 05-26-2014 03:34 AM

Turning a .22 into a .223
Someone tell me if there is a way to convert a mossberg 715T into a .223...thanks...

JonM 05-26-2014 03:48 AM

first your going to need a new bolt carrier group, barrel, upper receiver and lower receiver for starters

falcon11player 05-26-2014 03:52 AM

I will need all of that? Is there a simplee route

c3shooter 05-26-2014 03:52 AM

In short- no. The 715T is a blowback operated rifle. .223 is gas operated. There is no gas system on the 715. Being low powered, the 715 does not have or need a buffer. .223 needs a buffer. The bolt does not lock up on the 715 except by spring pressure- the .223 uses a rotating bolt to lock lugs onto the back of the barrel. Wrong bolt (rimfire) instead of centerfire, wrong extractor, bolt face not even close, etc.

Lightning and lightning bug are two very different things. Altho a 715T may LOOK like an AR15- it is not, will not be, cannot be, etc. Given a complete machine shop, 2 master tool and die makers and a couple of weeks, you could make a 715 into an AR. At a cost about 10 X higher than the cost of buying an AR.

Mercator 05-26-2014 04:14 AM

If the specs don't say Standard AR Lower, it probably isn't. Chances are the lower is proprietary to Mossberg. So unfortunately it's a no, for many reasons. The silver lining? The AR market is buyer's dream now, surreal. Unsolicited advice? If you really want a .223... Spend the money on a new AR-15, while the dream lasts. Trade the Moss. You can add a 22 upper later.

toddchaney 05-26-2014 04:42 AM

I don't think there is a possible way to carry out this conversion. Even if you do, it won't be safe to use that rifle.

Highpower 05-26-2014 05:27 AM

Don't believe everything you read on the internet... or in a newspaper... or hear on television... or coming out of an ATF Special Agent's mouth....

danf_fl 05-26-2014 10:40 AM


Originally Posted by falcon11player (Post 1581654)
I will need all of that? Is there a simplee route

Purchase the correct firearm.
It is cheaper and safer than converting.

Yunus 05-26-2014 10:56 AM

Just look at the cartridges next to each other. A .223 is going to cause much more stress and fatigue on the parts involved. Not using parts designed for that cartridge is dangerous.

You could turn a .223 into a .22 safely but the other way around is just asking for trouble.

clr8ter 05-26-2014 12:07 PM

+1 on "just buy a real AR". Consider this; if you do, now you'll have 2 guns! And everybody knows 2 guns is better than 1 gun, right?

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