Old man wants to get a "New-Rifle".

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by MontanaGrizzly, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. MontanaGrizzly

    MontanaGrizzly New Member

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    Just finished my "Introduction" Post".......so here is my request for some info on gettin' myself an AR -15 type rifle. At my age it may seem nuts, but I love gun & shootin';):D

    I've done a little research on the net and have come to a preliminary conclusion that a: "LMT" Defender Standard Model in 5.56; SOPMOD stock, 16" barrel.........would maybe be what I'm looking for. Price range is about where I'd like to be and since it will be primarily a "fun-gun" with some possible use on varmints (coyote, marmot, etc); and just possibly have it handy when "El Lobo" happens to come lopeing across my place;)....yeah, we've got 'em ------way too many!:(

    I've got a Leupold II 1 3/4 to 5 (about 20 yrs old)........would that be a possible choice if I want to scope it?

    Any and all comments, opinions and suggestions will be welcome. Thanks.
     
  2. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    LMT makes a great AR. Palmetto State Armory makes a good AR as well at a very good price. Check out BCM as well. Also thimk about getting the upper and lower seperate to avoid any extra taxes. Id also recommemnd a midlength gas system for smoother operation.
     

  3. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Well you're never too old to buy an AR! I'm 63 and am building my third AR right now.

    LMT would be a great choice, they make fine ARs but you probably could save some money going with BCM and others yet keep the quality up. Or do a build with quality parts like many of us do here. At first it sounds daunting but it's really not hard, especially if you build the lower receiver and buy a complete upper. You could get a fine AR as good as the LMT for under $1000, depending on what you want.

    There shouldn't be any problem mounting an old scope as long as you buy a flat top upper receiver.

    PS, we've got a few wolves over here in Idaho too!
     
  4. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Can you hunt wolves?
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Yes, in Idaho and Montana for the last couple years now. You have to get a permit through the state first.
     
  6. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver New Member

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    Hey, you're never too old to get another gun and have some fun. ;)

    Welcome to the site, I've found Firearms Talk to be full of folks that are helpful, friendly and filled with AR-15 knowledge. :cool:
     
  7. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    One of you crazies will have to introduce me to wolf hunting. Theres something about the possibility of becoming the hunted that excites me lol
     
  8. Redarrow18

    Redarrow18 New Member

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    well if all you want is a fun gun, then maybe try the Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22, its a .22 AR and probably one of the best out there, and .22 is cheap as it gets so i think it makes a good fun gun, and it can take out varmit as well if needed, thats my 2 cents:)
     
  9. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Aha, you saw that movie "Frozen" too! Kinda like what happened after "Jaws", you'll never go in a ski lift again! :p
     
  10. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Old Man An the ..........

    Could it be to much Viagra...... Go for the gold,,, I mean lead in your pencil.....When it comes to guns you are never to OLD...
     
  11. MontanaGrizzly

    MontanaGrizzly New Member

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    ........Well after doing a lot more research and taking my time...............this is what I've ended up with:

    A LMT Flat Top UPPER consisting of a 20" S.S. Match Grade , 1 in 8 twist Med/Heavy barrel (NATO 5.56 Chamber & Throat) with a Midwest Industries "T" Series, 12" long Quad Rail Free Floating HandGuard complete with the other std features that LMT includes on this level of UPPER.

    The LOWER assembly is by CMMG with a Magpul ACS Stock and a Rock River 2-Stage Trigger. Fully extended (at 15 1/8 LOP) the stock fits me perfectly and by dumb luck works out very well for the 3 1/2" eye relief for the 4.5 to 14 x 40 $129. Mueller Scope that so far seems to be a well balanced addition to this rifle. So far have only fired 4 rounds through it to get the scope on target at 50 yards. To get some brass for reloading, I was able to buy a carton of (25) (20 round) boxes of Federal American Eagle 55gr FMJ (M193/AE223J) for $150. and no tax here in MT. Thought it would be a good way to get used to the rifle, sight it in and also see how it groups at 100 with the 55gr bullets in the 1 in 8 twist and just have some 'fun" with it.

    I'll let you know how it likes the 55gr M193 ammo and then will load up some 63 gr Sierras over about 24 or 25 grs of VARGET on top of CCI 400 primers.

    It's not the lightest rifle I have (would guess at about 8 pounds), but for my intended useage it should work out well.

    Being new to the AR15 and reloading for it..................I'm obviously open to any comments and "Tips" you may care to offer. Thanks.


    Afterthought:.......Was very surprised that there is virtually NO recoil and obviously it functioned perfectly. Will be doing some more shooting this week to get it sighted in to be 3" high at 100 yards (this is the way I have my 243, 22/250, 7mm mag & 338 win mag sighted in.) It works for me.
     
  12. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Hey thanks for updating us on your new AR, MG! Sounds great and I'm glad you're happy with it.

    You know we need pictures and soon don't you? :D
     
  13. Nathantc

    Nathantc New Member

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    i wanna see, i wanna see,lol, post a pic please;)
     
  14. goatrat

    goatrat New Member

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    a final build report and no pics?!?!


    travesty......
     
  15. MontanaGrizzly

    MontanaGrizzly New Member

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    I have never learned how to post pictures when doing posts on a Forum such as this.

    However I have a son-in-law that is knowledgeable in things like that. I will get with him quite soon and then will get some pics on here of this AR.

    Thanks for all your comments.
     
  16. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    Sweet deal. Sounds like a really nice rifle. With that 1-8 barrel, you may even be able to get away with 69 gr bullets. Sierra makes a 69 gr Matchking that I load for my Savage Model 110. Great little bullet. Just a thought.

    -Fred