Most versatile AR stock?

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by TheHateCamel, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. TheHateCamel

    TheHateCamel New Member

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    I've started a build on an AR (5.56) and am building the lower piece-by-piece. I've decided to make two separate uppers, one a carbine w/ 16" barrel, and the other with at least a 20". The latter will be more of a 'varmint' build.

    That being said, I'm going to have to pick my stock soon and I'm having trouble deciding. Does anyone have any opinions as to what stock would work well with two very different upper receivers? Any related advice for this type of build is welcome at this point.

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  2. FrontierTCB

    FrontierTCB Active Member

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    I like a Magpul ACS for a versatile stock. It's a little wider than standard so it offers a good cheek weld for precision but still normal enough to work/look great on a standard carbine build.


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  3. wknight40

    wknight40 New Member

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    Why not have multiple butt stocks? Most can be removed easily. Just make sure to get one that fits the buffer tube.
     
  4. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    Check out the Magpul STR. I think it's light enough for a carbine and to small or thin for a 20" varmint build. Also has a good wife check rest.
     
  5. TheHateCamel

    TheHateCamel New Member

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    FrontierTCB and Sgt_Skrb_25 - thank you for your recommendations! I will certainly look into these two first.

    wknight40 - This is a great question, but I was wanting to keep the one stock to cut down on time when switching one upper with the other. My reasoning on this is that I'll probably keep the carbine upper on when storing for home defense, but if needed in a pinch I'd like to switch to something a bit more capable of "reaching out". I failed to mention that in my original question, sorry about that.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    the problem with collapsables is they do not offer much cheek rise and are loose for precision shooting.

    the magpul ctr/moe line have available addon risers of various heights to rectify the cheek weld issue.

    shooting plain iron sights nothing beats the good old A1/A2 rifle stock.
     
  7. jsr5

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    If it was me (and this is what I do have) I'd go with a good brand of 6 position collapsible. You can add pads cheek rests pouches etc to suit your needs and length of pull again to suit your needs. I don't do alot of real precision shooting but I never noticed a problem with the looseness or even notice loosness for that matter and mine is not a high end brand it is a no name I picked up at a gun show relatively cheap. As for precision I had a cae of 75 grain moly coated black hills reloads they didn't run real reliable or I"d still be shooting them that gun with that stock rested over the hood of a 78 bronco would clover leaf that round all day long at about 120 yards. plenty precise for me.
     
  8. TheHateCamel

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    JonM and jsr5 - I totally skipped the thought of needing a riser for my stock. Thank you!

    But I am looking at the CTR/MOE risers and they all say "This riser is for use on NON AR15/M4 applications as the riser will interfere with charging handle function. Originally designed for M14 carbine stock conversions"

    Was this an issue for anyone?
     
  9. jsr5

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    well no but thats because I don't use a riser I have a somewhat unique mounting system that mounts on the side of the "carry handle" keeps the scope on the same plane as the iron sights just have to slightly cant the rifle for scope use. Darn shame that mount is out of production I've only been able to get one more of them and have three more recievers to build eventually
     
  10. TheHateCamel

    TheHateCamel New Member

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    Today I learned that those even existed. I had no idea. That is pretty badass.
     
  11. dwmiller

    dwmiller Well-Known Member

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    Which upper is more important to you?

    If precision is top priority and the carbine CQB secondary? In that scenario I'd say look at a MOE fixed stock. I use them on my varmit builds. Sleek and solid, plus its light weight compared to adjustables. I also really like the Ace skeletal stocks on fixed stock rifles.

    If its the other way around I like the Magpul ACS-L stocks. LOP adjustment to shorten up for the CQB type shooting but still has a decent cheek weld. I use these on my brush hunting/hog rifles. I also like the Battlelink minimalist stocks for super light builds.

    Just an idea but think about buying a second lower somewhere down the line. That way you can set up each rifle optimally. PSA regularly has complete lowers on sale around $150 if you don't want to build your own...
     
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  12. TheHateCamel

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    After very much thought and reflection, I think I'm going to follow this specific piece of advice. Not only will another build really let me utilize my tools, but I think the varmint rifle will turn out better with its own setup.

    A close friend of mine has a nice lower he's not planning on using (ever). I'll give him a ring this week and see if he's willing to trade some parts for it or something.

    Thanks! :cheers:
     
  13. tinbucket

    tinbucket Well-Known Member

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    The regualr A1 stock not collapsable. It doesn't have any movement in it to throw off a shot.
    The carbine stock is for shooting from the hip or hands. Trying to sit on with the cocking lever, in your ear isn't much fun, if stock is collapsed.