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Old October 23rd, 2013, 06:27 AM   #1
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I'm currently thinking about building a AR10 in the .308 cal. Can any of the gun guru's jump in with any advice? I have never built a gun before. Looking for some advise on brands and just plain building advice. One of the biggest things would be a generic parts list of what I will need to purchase for a complete gun.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 06:36 AM   #2
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I found this link
Let\\\\\\\\\\'s see your AR .308 Builds! List your components to help others :-) - Calguns.net
But still looking for a better list.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 07:40 AM   #3
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AR10's are not universal like AR15's are so make sure the components are compatible. The DPMS platform seems to be the way the market is going. Kinda like the VHS vs. Beta (sp?) back it the day.
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AR10's are not universal like AR15's are so make sure the components are compatible. The DPMS platform seems to be the way the market is going. Kinda like the VHS vs. Beta (sp?) back it the day.
This.

.308 isn't cheap either. Lots of money sent downrange every time you shoot a full mag.

It has gotten to the point where if I want something of a heavier caliber than my 5.56mm AR15 I'll just do a bolt action. Way more accurate out of the box (unless you spent $2000+ on an AR10), no way to just mag dump down range and waste $20, etc.
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Yep. Had an AR in .308 and liked it. It was plenty accurate, sub MOA out to 200 yards. I never shot it past that so I can't make any claims on accuracy past 200 but would assume it was accurate way beyond that. That gun started off as a Bushmaster ORC. The only thing I did was put a JP Enterprise (2" diameter like AR15's) free float tube on it and a Nikon Monarch scope. Had about $2,000 wrapped up into the whole setup. It was fun off a bench and a good hunting stand gun but because of the weight and ergonomics it was kind of awkward to carry afield (I don't feel this way about my AR15). You intended use of the firearm should also play a role in the configuration you build.
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I have an AR15, its a Bushmaster, already. The other thought was to build a higher end AR15. I just figured with the AR10 I could use it for hunting as well. But I do also have a dedicated hunting rifle already.
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Considered a 7.62x39 chambered upper?

Different mags, but can utilize your preexisting ar15 lower...
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Considered a 7.62x39 chambered upper?

Different mags, but can utilize your preexisting ar15 lower...
Along with the AK round, there are a shit ton of other calibers that can work with a standard milspec lower. Not to mention most of the accesories and furniture works across the board too.

While not as heavy a hitter as a .308, lots of these calibers can make excellent deer hunting or varmint hunting rounds as well.
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What I would love to do you be an AR10 in a 7mm-08 round. That way it would match my deer rifle I already have. But looking online, it seems harder to find the parts. And yes I know the .308 and 7mm-08 are almost the same round.

looking at ammo prices .308 doesn't seem all that expensive. Looking on Wikiarms ammo for the .308 doesn't seem all that expensive.
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What I would love to do you be an AR10 in a 7mm-08 round. That way it would match my deer rifle I already have. But looking online, it seems harder to find the parts. And yes I know the .308 and 7mm-08 are almost the same round.

looking at ammo prices .308 doesn't seem all that expensive. Looking on Wikiarms ammo for the .308 doesn't seem all that expensive.
This but in 243 or 338 federal... Maybe down the road when I have nothing better to spend money on
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The AR10 Armalite uses its own magazine and the upper is different shaped in the rear. Supposedly the new Armalites will take the P-mag like the DPMS style guns. It wouldn't take much to rebarrel one to another caliber .
I have a Armalite " The Real AR10 " for sale if interested ?
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i have a rock river lar-8. Its not the DPMS pattern - it takes FN FAL surplus mags (which is what I wanted). Came stock with a hogue rubber grip and a 2 stage trigger. It is heavy, but for the past 2-3 years, this has now become my whitetail deer rifle, since i can drag it out and not worry about it rusting solid.

I have a 1-4 scope on it. works great for its purpose.

I shot the DPMS before I bought mine. The build quality just didn't feel as good. If I part with my LAR-8, it will likely be for a SCAR 17 or a POF/Mega/etc AR10 build (NOT dpms).
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