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Old 11-04-2013, 02:20 AM   #1
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I'm looking to build a long range precision AR, I have a build budget of 2 G's. What should I get? Thanks for your input!

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Old 11-04-2013, 02:28 AM   #2
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What caliber?

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I'm looking to build a long range precision AR, I have a build budget of 2 G's. What should I get? Thanks for your input!
just a friendly suggestion, PM one of the Mods and see if they will move this thread over to the AR sub-forum. you will probably get more traffic, suggestions and advice there.
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What distance is your longest desired range. Any sight/scope restrictions, and what do you want the bullet to accomplish at your longest range?

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I would like to be able to reach out to 800 plus yards

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just a friendly suggestion, PM one of the Mods and see if they will move this thread over to the AR sub-forum. you will probably get more traffic, suggestions and advice there.
Done.

I can't offer any suggestions to the OP but with that kind of budget I think you're going to end up with an awesome AR. Post pics when the build is complete.
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For 800 yards you will need n AR10 in something like 308.
In the AR15 platform, 6.5 Grendel is pretty much the only choice. A 20 or 24 inch barrel will be required.

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You can get to 1000 yds with an AR in 5.56. But you will be single loading it because the required bullets will seat too long to fit in a mag. Try won't have much energy but will be fine for cutting paper for target matches (the reason I asked what you wanted the bullet to be capable of when it got to range). I can lob 5.56 bullets to 800 or 1000 yds that are less than 80 grains, but they probably won't group well after dropping back through the sound barrier. For hunting the energy levels are pretty low at that range as well.

I agree with the post above that if you really want a long range dedicated AR, the larger .308 based rifles are a better bet. Especially if you need any real energy at that range.

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6.5 creedmore on an AR 10 lower is the best long rang paper puncher, purpose built for long range accuracy! Its terminal ballistics aren't great at 800+ yards. Really need more rifle if you want to do more than punch paper at that range. 260 rem , 280 rem, 338 lapua, 300 mag and 308 are other possibilities for long range work. Higher grain weight= higher energy on the target=increased recoil.

The best long range rounds in the AR 15 are the 6.5 Grendel and the 6.8 SPC. Both are "useful" 500 yard hunting cartridges, sufficient vel/energy at this range. They can punch paper at 800-1000 but are marginal energy at this range. Pretty much anything that fits an AR15 mag is the same boat. Ssgn_doc's advice on high weight/ length bullets is spot on! A 223 custom load can reach but wont kill at these ranges.

Long barrel is a must 22-26", so are free float handguard. Serious optics needed at this range, $800+ on glass alone.

If you are serious about long range look into reloading, most of these rounds are $2+ a shot! The amount of practice ammo that you'll need to get comptition level accurate will easily set you back $20-$30k! The gun is the cheapest part of the equation.

A good bolt gun in 300 win mag will do the range you want much more economically. It will also be more accurate than the AR. Something to think about!

How much experience do you have in long range shooting? Are you just getting started? Do you have anywhere that you can practice this kind of range? Experience level Makes a helluva difference in what you need!

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Check out the AR forum but 2k can get you all the AR you need or would want. You can get a Rock River arms .308 for under 1500 and have the rest for ammo and gear. Or spend the extra 500 on some nice optics. 2k will buy you alot of AR these days and the prices continue to drop.

Are you dead set on the AR? There are other rifles better for shooting long range if you aren't.

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