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Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by slowryde45, Mar 23, 2010.
You could probably even build the lower cheaper if you shopped carefully. I believe DSA sells stripped lowers for $60. You can get an LPK for about $55. And you should be able to do a complete stock kit for under $100.
Good post slo.
complete stock kit for $50 http://www.dsarms.com/M4-Updated-6-...tock-Black-----CARM4RIB/productinfo/CARM4RIB/
lower for $60 http://www.dsarms.com/DSA-ZM4-Stripped-Lower-Receiver---DSZM4R/productinfo/DSZM4RBLM/
LPK for $53 http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=877204
Great Post Slo. This has been stickied for the time being while these sales and deals are on!!
Don't forget mags.
MagPul Pmag Magazine AR-15 223 Remington 30-Round Polymer Flat Dark Earth - MidwayUSA
AR-Stoner Magazine AR-15 223 Remington 30-Round Curved Body with Anti Tilt Follower Stainless Steel Black - MidwayUSA
great post ! thank you
I was floored to look at the date and realize these deals still exist. I am looking for an inexpensive AR in .223. I have heard much ballyhoo about building instead of buying complete. I have no skills yet in gunsmithing, though I am really quite handy around the house. I'm sure I could figure it out. And the doing would teach me how the parts all work.
-What tools would be needed to put together the 5 or 6 parts listed in the original post? Exactly. Perhaps with MidwayUSA links, if possible.
-Would the complete lower (for just, like $75 more) be worth it over a stripped lower and a parts kit...for someone who values his time a bit more than money when we're talking less than 100 bucks?
-Do I look up an FFL in the yellow pages, tell him what I want, and he orders the lower? How does that work? Do I go to my local gun shop with whom I have a relationship? I'm in Portland, Oregon.
Right you are!!
DSA ZM4 Stripped Lower Receiver - DSZM4R
Item Number: DSZM4RBLM
Unit Price: $60.00
Buy 10 for $55.00 each
Surplus Arms & Ammo LOW15 Stripped AR Lower Receiver
forged Mil-Spec lower $59.95
Surplus Arms & Ammo LOW15 Stripped AR Lower Receiver
Take that $60 stripped lower and finish it on the cheap!
Del-Ton 16" Rifle Kit - $465
I'm so glad, I'm glad, I'm glad, I'm glad. Called J&T this morning and Kelli (bless her heart) told me they would be sending out the 6.8 kit today or Monday. I'm been waiting since January.
What's a 6.8 kit?
Well it's a week since l was told the 6.8 kit was in the mail and I missed the UPS driver this morning and he or she didn't leave the kit on the porch and I'm so pissed. UPS left me a message yesterday that the 6.8 kit would be delivered between 8 AM and 4 PM today. I took the dog for a run this morning returning home by 8:30 AM and the driver had come and left. UPS never comes to my house in the morning, why should today be any different? At least I starting making bullets yesterday and should get the kit tomorrow, but I'm sure it will be in the evening after I go to work.
Well the 6.8 SPC is a reality now. The UPS driver stopped at my casa this morning with a special delivery for my granddaughter. I'm going to mount and bore sight the scope at work tonight and test drive it in the morning, oh hell, I might even run a clip on the way home tonight. I'll have to get out of the city though. Here kitty, kitty, kitty.
Presumably a 6.8mm Remington SPC chambered AR.
Looks like any other AR in my gun safe except that it is without optics as of now. I'm thinking about putting a Vortex Strike Fire on top as I ordered the A-4 with a gas block instead of a front sight. I didn't have high enough rings for the scope so I'm now considering the red dot. By the way, I built it on a Rock lower and have around $700.00 in it without the optics.
I ran around 10 rounds through it last Saturday and the action seemed to cycle well and all-in-all I'm very pleased with the kit from J&T except that delivery took so long.
I loaded 29.5 grains of H335 behind a 110 grain Hornady V-Max bullet. I'm going to have to wait for the optics before I do the accuracy test.
I looked at this site, Russ. I'm looking to build an 16" AR for about $750 stock to flash hider. I'm a little concerned about quality, though.
Without knowing much yet, I'm concerned that each individual item will NOT be what I would purchase if I bought them piece by piece.
The $750 limit is because I was going to buy a Mini-14, but have decided that even a bottom-end AR could out-perform a Mini-14 for zombie duty. But I don't want to put money in the wrong places.
What parts could I cheap out on (like a $60 stripped lower seems fine)?
What parts should I search for better value, even in the lower price range, but stay away from the bargain basement?
Don't cheap-out on the lower unless you can get it in your hand before you purchase it. I went with the kit from J&T and I'm real happy with the quality and they even sent me an extra spring and detent pin for the front take-down pin. Those guys at J&T must be physic, how did they know I was going to shoot the detent pin across the basement.
As the upper from J&T came completely assembled it only took me less than an hour to complete the build except for the time I spent in vain looking for that dang detent pin.
This build cost me a little extra because I went with a 6.8 SPC upper. I'm sure a 5.56 upper would be a little more reasonable even with a high quality lower. I put out $125.00 for my Rock lower. On any project, you should start with a good foundation IMHO. Joe
You're just talking the stripped lower, right, for a buck and a quarter?
And here I was thinking that was an easy place to save money...