Thinking of building an AR-15

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Matthew161, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

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    I live in PA and I know u can go to the gun shop and buy one but what is the law about building one in PA. thanks
     
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    federal law says you cant build one to sell it unless you have a FFL. as far as just building one for your use. it should be fine. im in NY not PA but i have built them no problem. its very easy and very fun to do. the stripped lower has to go through a FFL. but if PA is like NY. all the rest of it can be delivered to your door. unless there are local city, county laws restricting it.
     

  3. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

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    I know the lower have to go to ffl everything else I can have come to my house. And it is have me Do u think 5.56 or 223. I was told with 5.56 I can shot 5.56 and 223 but if I go with 223 I can just shot 223
     
  4. bige91603

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    I live in PA and have built a few, as long as they are for personal use and not for sale it is totally legal. I go with 5.56 because I never know when I'm going to come across cheap milsurplus and I enjoy the occasional tracer. Theres also the .223 wylde that some say can use 5.56 but I'm skeptical

    Another question you might want to ask is what bore twist do you want?
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  5. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

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    I really dont I'm still looking in to it my friend told me he was goin to build one and he told me I should. So I still looking things up but I know I wanna go with 5.56 lower
     
  6. jjfuller1

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    check out the stickies at the top of the AR section. there is a lot of great info in them and should answer most of your questions.. and again, dont worry . its very easy to put together. if you can change a tire, or make toast. you can build a lower.
     
  7. mudpupp

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    Don't be skeptical and don't be dead.
    If your rifle is only rated for .223, DO NOT USE 5.56

    There are tons of websites to explain why.
    Just don't do it.

    Make sure your chamber and barrel are marked 5.56 and there will be no worries.
     
  8. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

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    When I get a lower it will be 5.56
     
  9. bige91603

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    Theres really no price difference so why not have the capability even if you're not going to use 5.56 a lot
     
  10. AgentTikki

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    well if you are going for a precision type rifle, .223 may be better. But nowadays, hardly anyone makes .223 ar15s, most make Wylde chambers for precision uppers.
     
  11. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Please quote the websites that show why not to use 5.56 in a .223 Wylde.

    If no-one could/did shoot 5.56 in the .223 Wylde it would make no sense to chamber a precision upper in .223 Wylde right?

    Why not chamber in straight .223 to keep the dimensions as tight as possible for maximum precision?

    Does anyone here shoot 5.56 from your .223 Wylde?
     
  12. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member

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    .223 is not the same as .223 wylde.

    They are two complete different chamber designs.
     
  13. AgentTikki

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    5.56 nato is still popular because it can perform acurrately enough to meet mil specs while being more tolorent to dirt, dust, carbon buildup and sand.
     
  14. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Understood.

    The comment from bige was that he was skeptical of shooting 5.56 from a .223 Wylde and Mudpupp responded- don't be skeptical, just don't do it. Maybe Mudpupp didn't realize bige was referring to the .223 Wylde???

     
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  15. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

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    I wanna get a 5.56 and with that I can shot .223 right
     
  16. LongBaller71

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    That would be correct.
     
  17. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

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    Im looking at Rock river or spikes tactical lower 5.56
     
  18. jjfuller1

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    both would be great choices!
     
  19. LongBaller71

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    +1

    Flip a coin and pick one. Then just find one on sale and in stock.
     
  20. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

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    My gun dealer have a rock rive for 140 but I don't know if it was 223 or 556