Shopping for an AR

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    catscratch Well-Known Member

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    Where is this? That sucks!

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    The Great White North..........Canada.

    The land led by a twitt of a prime minister who is the son of a past prime minister (who was also a dick). A second generation politician.......should have been a sign.
     
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    From what I understand there are or will be many other firearms restricted in Canada. I have a friend who lives in Ontario who is really concerned about the restrictions. He has some expensive firearms that either are on or may be on a restricted list including shotguns.
     
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    Wow. Horrible for your society. Any way you could move to US? We need more gun owners here that value freedom.
    I think we’ll have the same restrictions applied here within 2-3 years though, so it may not be worth the hassle.
    From my cold dead hands.
    BTW, that’s a sweet set up.


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    Anybody have any experience with Palmetto State Armory? I am looking at getting a kit from them...if they are still available. Should run me about $600 for the entire kit and then another $100 for the stripped lower. Should end up with a gun for under $800 that would typically sell for over a grand. My local store has ARR556 ruger for $750...on the shelf. Biggest issue around here is ammo being available.
     
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    I think PSA makes a decent product and has come a long ways in the past 5 years. You should be able find a lower for less. I have one of their lowers and it has been great, bought it in 2011. A buddy has a .300blk pistol upper and it has been flawless.


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    I have both a Ruger AR556 and a Palmetto Armory AR in 300 blackout. I have no complaints on either one.


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    Check out Great Lakes Firearms located in Sparta, MI......https://glfallc.com/.........American made custom built in house....A lot of my friends have purchased from them. I had this 350 Legend built by them. Very competitive for pricing and usually cheaper than anywhere else. They are at least 4-6 weeks out right now on builds, because word has spread about them.
     

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    The stripped lower is actually $80.
    The uppper assembly in 5.56 and lower kit (100% complete less magazine and lower stripped receiver) is $600.

    I have heard a lot of great things about the 300blk for deer hunting. I may look into that later.....
     
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    I will give them a look....thank you.
     
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    I have my order coming from Palmetto State Armory.... cost was just under $700...some assembly required....taxes and shipping added roughly another $100.
     
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    I like putting lowers together, kinda relaxing. I will tell you to get some masking tape(painters tape) and place it anywhere there is a pin that needs to be driven in(bolt catch). It helps keep scratches away.
     
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    I talked to the guy who is doing my FFL transfer and he has offered to let me bring everything to his shop and he will help me assemble it if I want. I think I may take him up on the offer as he will have the tools and far more experience than I or even the help I do have. I think me putting it together will be a good learning experience for me as well. I am open to any other tips or tricks you may have as well.
     
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    On a similar but different topic.....what different calibers can I get on an AR15 platform? I'm not interested in the odd or wildcat rounds....just may FINALLY listen to Cat and actually get an upper for deer hunting.....here it has to be .243 caliber or bigger.
     
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    Depends on range and expectations... but I always thought a suppressed 300 blackout would be fun for close range and kid use.

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    With your flat farmland country, I wouldn't go with a short range caliber. I'm not especially crazy about a 243 for deer, but it is capable of reaching out there for a long range shot with good bullet placement and the right ammo. The recoil is also manageable for kids the age of yours. That's what I would choose. A good accurate 243 is also the cat's meow for a long range coyote/varmint gun.
     
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    I don’t stake my castle nut. I torq it with an application of blue loctite, it holds it. Nothing against staking, I’ve changed things along way, playing and not having it staked let me find what I liked. You’ll upgrade a few times, whether it’s part or optics along the way.

    We use lithium bearing grease for our barrel nut, needs to be torqued at least twice(I like 3x).

    Don’t dry fire with the upper removed, without your thumb on top of the hammer. You or he will test the safety function after installing the trigger group. *Of course you can dry fire with the upper installed.

    I grease just about everything internally. I use a good gun grease, although some people use bearing grease. Gun grease stays in place better.

    You’ve already bought it but, I like milspec buffer tubes. They tend to be easier to find along with stocks. Commercial is fine and will hold up to what we do as hobbiest from hunting to firearms and tactics training. It’s just a different diameter buffer tube.

    Just enjoy the build and ask questions. You’ll build the next one with out help.


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    This is my 2 stamp rifle. Picked up the silencer August 31. Still experimenting with ammo, but will hunt with either 110gr Barnes TAC-TX or the Hornady 110gr V-Max. Both should be accurate, as everything I have tried has made good groups at 50yds and decent groups at 100.
     
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    That's the dream right there!!! Congrats and thanks for posting a pic.

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