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Old 01-26-2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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Im looking into buying an ar 10 platform rifle, and wondering who makes quality rifles. I thought I would ask some people who own and have experience with ar 10s. I would like it to be subMOA or be with a little work.

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Old 01-26-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
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First Welcome to the Forum -

Second, why don't you give us a little info into what you know already so we don't waste a couple of pages with stuff you already know.

What caliber are you looking for? I assume .308 ( 7.62 x 51mm ) as the standard answer, but I like to make sure in case you are thinking of building a wildcat or something.

What are your hopes for the weapon? Range? Accuracy? Knock Down ability? SHTF Battle Rifle??

Plenty of good guys here familiar with the platform, so if you can fill in some blanks, we can help fill in some answers.

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Old 01-27-2009, 11:36 PM   #3
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Pretty much a shtf rifle, I'm hoping to make a 3-5 hundred yard shot with a level of confidence. I've read some about the fn, dpms, and bushmaster, but haven't got to put my hands on any of them. Money is not as big of an issue as quality and reliablility. I really what I've heard of the AR platform but I am looking for more knockdown power than the .223, so my obvious next step is the .308.

I am an outdoors man who is about to graduate from college and I want to get myself some toys. I don't have a lot of experience with the larger caliber rifles, I have been more of a duck and varmit hunter and I want to expand my gun collection.

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Okay. Easy enough. You want to buy off the rack? Or do you want to have input and perhaps have it built for you / build one yourself?

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I just assumed that I would buy one off the rack because I don't know any gunsmiths. The closest I have is a buddy who dabbles. I'm just scared of walking in and being taken for a ride. As far as building it myself that sounds like fun but I have no experience or tools for that type of thing.

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Well, do your self a BIG favor and do a search on "Assembling An AR Lower" - the AR-10 and the AR-15 are practically the same, but the size of the lower changes and a couple of the parts are a bit bigger. This is NOT a hard weapon to assemble.

As for the correct upper, here is what I recommend:

A matching A3 upper, in 20" ( which is the perfect length for a .308 rifle cartridge ) in a bull barrel, free floated fore-end tube and two sets of sights ( one fold down YHM analog sights and one scope configuration ). That will allow you to easily reach out and touch someone at 300 to 500 yards with very good accuracy if your 'smith knows what he is doing and you have any skill behind the trigger.

Do some searching on building one yourself, there are a couple of threads here of people with ZERO experience who have done it. You will be surprised at how easy it is. And as for a gunsmith, I happen to know a REALLY good one who would gladly build you a tack driving upper.

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I just did a ride-along with my wife's cousin who is a trooper with the Indiana State Police and he showed my his AR-10. His is a Rock River Arms and he swears by it, I've also heard good things about them from other sources. Although, I've had no experience with them.

Forgot to say, his AR-10 is .308 and he recently matched it with a Leopold scope and regurlarly hits targets at around 500 yards.

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That's sweet is there any tools besides the basics that I would need. Also, if you want you can give my email address to your smith so we can get in contact with each other. Also, if this is the way I choose to go what brands of components would I want to choose.

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PM me and I will give you more information than you can possibly digest in one sitting. I also can put you in touch with my master gunsmith who is one of the best I have EVER met.

Here is some of his work:

My 7mm Tactical Rig

My .308 Tactical Rig

Yes, these are bolt guns - but he also makes AR's for the Rangers at Fort Lewis and 7 of the local SWAT teams, which includes Washington State Patrol...

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By the way that .308 is a f*#k&%g sweet rifle. She is gorgeous.

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