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#3281947 - 09/14/21 08:05 PM A different guy needs advice on building an AR
happypappy Offline
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Registered: 08/18/21
Posts: 11
Loc: ID
I'm trying to build an accurate AR, I just need to shoot coyote within 500yds, usually 100-300. I don't need anything that goes well with my amazingly precise skills where I time my shots between heart beats because I can't do that, but I would like something moa or preferably sub moa just to have fun with buddies trying to outshoot each other on paper.
I saw that everyone was suggesting white oak for the barrel on the previous post by twehri89, I've got that written down and I think I have one picked out, but my problem is I also want a beautiful AR... on a budget. So far it's been hard trying to find websites that have cheapish but still pretty looking upper and lower parts. I know I could take my time and shop around, buying from different companies and picking out what suits my wants and needs, but I don't want to have a gun with one black anodized handguard, and a slightly different shade of black anodized lower receiver, and then another shade for the muzzle device. Any advice on where I should go? Will I even be able to tell the difference between colors? I have a milled out 80% lower which I would prefer to use, but if I need to I'll buy a completed one so colors match perfectly.
And then this is my first time building an AR, so any non-related advice someone wants to throw out for kicks and giggles, I'd love to hear it. (not about marriage or chess, keep it in the AR family please)

Also, it's going to be in 6.8 spc. Anyone shoot that accurately with 110gr v-max from hornady? What twist and barrel length do you have?


Edited by happypappy (09/14/21 09:23 PM)

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#3281956 - 09/14/21 11:19 PM Re: A different guy needs advice on building an AR [Re: happypappy]
tj66 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/23/08
Posts: 370
Loc: Nebraska
Think there is a 6.8 upper for sale in the classifieds. WOA 11 twist barrel. Seller is Good to Go. Some parts are hard to come by right now.

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#3281964 - 09/15/21 08:54 AM Re: A different guy needs advice on building an AR [Re: happypappy]
varminter .223 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 2922
Loc: south central Illinois
At 300 about anything will work. To consistently kill beyond that I'm moving to a AR 10 or bolt gun. Only thing that matters is a great barrel and trigger. Most of mine are assembled with BCA side charging uppers and Anderson lowers with quality barrels and triggers. I would rather have 3 accurate Ars than one assembled with overpriced parts that perform no better. I've tried many calibers but I keep migrating back to my 22" 22 Noslers. For night hunting the Ar10 in .243 is hard to get away from. White Oak is a very safe bet.


Edited by varminter .223 (09/15/21 08:59 AM)

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#3282013 - 09/15/21 08:16 PM Re: A different guy needs advice on building an AR [Re: happypappy]
Dark moon 63 Offline
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Registered: 01/01/21
Posts: 64
Loc: Iowa
My favorite is the aero m4e1 enhanced upper set. It's beefed up around the barrel thread area. Comes with a barrel nut and wrench. Then put a hogue stock and matching grip. If you go with White Oak the enhanced handguard will fit over the manifold.

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#3282022 - 09/15/21 11:31 PM Re: A different guy needs advice on building an AR [Re: happypappy]
SubpaR Offline
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Registered: 09/27/15
Posts: 379
Loc: Hays, KS
I would normally point you to another barrel company that would save you some money.
After looking at the classifieds I would advise you too look for the 6.8 upper from a seller in FL. That looks to be a great deal and he seems to be a stand up guy.

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#3282049 - Yesterday at 03:36 PM Re: A different guy needs advice on building an AR [Re: happypappy]
Bowhntr6pt Online
Die Hard Member

Registered: 04/09/13
Posts: 970
Loc: Central Florida
The 6.8 Upper is in fact mine... it has a WOA barrel and shoots the 120gr SST's very well.

In my opinion, I'm darn near giving it away at that price.

The 6.8 will have much better down range performance at distances you mentioned vs. the .223/5.56.

The upper color is a match to Spikes/Aero lowers, deep black kind of color. 18" mid-length gas means smooth shooter with mild recoil impulse.

I've built perhaps 300 AR's over the past 20+ years, I have about 45 of my own in various chamberings and configurations, so I'm simply moving things that see little to no use.

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#3282064 - Yesterday at 08:47 PM Re: A different guy needs advice on building an AR [Re: happypappy]
204 AR Offline
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Registered: 01/31/10
Posts: 5211
Loc: Nebraska
That is a give away at that price.
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