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Armorer 05-04-2007 03:29 PM

AR help
So here's what I was looking to do for a summer project...
I've touched up my Bushmaster and thought that this summer might be a reasonable time to build myself my own "black rifle" in .223.
I've already got go/no-go head space gauges, receiver-vice block, torque wrench, The complete AR-15 Assembly Manualand a DPMS combo tool.
I'd like for it to serve as a venerable tactical rifle...and if it weren't for cost, would prefer to chamber it for .308.
I'm looking for suggestions to be in consideration for cost-- the point to this experiment is to create a weapon capable of MOA accuracy at distance and budget.
As I see it, I can buy a new rifle with these desired parts for around 1,500+
My goal is to create a similar rifle for less than a grand.

I've got my mind set on (but not absolutely adamant about):
Chip McCormick two-stage curved trig
Magpul adjustable grip with oversized guard
Magpul adjustable precision stock
JP enterprises light contour 20" barrel w/ adjustable gasblock and heatsink.
Freefloat tube
DPMS titanium bolt carrier assembly
Vortec flash hider
G&GG flip up front and rear sights.
ATN LR7 3-9 cammed to .223

What I need suggestions for:
upper (flattop)

Boys, I could really use some input.
Yes TJ, I know I'd be better with an EBR, but i can't break my wallet entirely.
Throw in whatever else you think might be any good suggestions...besides stepping it up a caliber.
At this point, I want something I can assemble over the next six-eight months and use as a modular tactical rifle. I am not resolute to any one item, and if you can think of any bargains or better or more affordable options, my mind is open to all suggestions.

Armorer 05-08-2007 09:47 PM

Wow...for once, nobody had anything to say?
Well, while a 415 receiver is out of my price range, I've managed to put together a pretty decent shopping list.
Feel free to add your own two cents as we go along--
Starting at the core and working out...
Sabre Defence Receiver: 130
CMT (stag arms) A3 righty Upper (minus charging handle): 100
Badger ordinance gen 2 latch and charge: 34
DPMS Ti-nitrate coated bolt: 169
Ergo grip + gapper: 20
Chip McCormick curved trig: 175
Wolff buffer tube and spring: 20
Magpul PRS stock: 239
Magpul winter trigger guard: 20
18" fluted Barrel w/ block & tube: ?
YHM Smooth side free float (rifle length): 118
Smith Vortec: 46
lower parts kit: 44
Armorer's block: 35
DPMS Combo tool (gun show): 14

Total thus far: 1,150

I could really use some help here boys. Looking for an equivalent or better (prefered billeted) receiver deal...same with any of the parts. Been looking high and low for deals since I posted this.
I am in depserate need of help finding a barrel. I want something contoured...maybe with the gas this point I don't care.
Saw some offers for Wilson fluted 18" around 250-- all back ordered +90 days.
I'm dead set on the vortec flashhider-- can't afford a steppup and don't want anything throwing off the gun's profile.

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