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    AR Kits - Building a rifle

    Does anyone have any experience, advice, or supplier links for me about building my own rifle. I have found numerous websites that sell AR kits, including 80% lower receivers as well as kits that include the rest of the rifle.
    Ultimately I would like to build both an AR-15 and Ar-10 rifle. But I really want a .308 caliber rifle. I have access to some fancy drilling equipment and such, so building it shouldn't be too much of a challenge... Even though I've never done anything like it before.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    I have been please with http://www.del-ton.com they have good prices and good quality. I have a really nice shooter in 5.56mm made with a kit from them. I would suggest that you spend the money and get the crome lined barrel. For a finished receiver I would look at Stag. I used one for the above build and have been pleased. If you want to roll your own I would try http://www.tacticalmachining.com . They have 7.62 and 5.56 80% receivers and the jigs to complete them. If I can do it, anyone can. If I can make any more suggestions let me know. Good luck.
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    Obviously you want to check all applicable laws in regards to building one.

    IMO, a LOT can go wrong on an AR, it might be better to consider buying a new rifle with a warranty. At least you'd have some recourse then if you had problems.

    A lot of people 'chase dollars' on these build your own deals.

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    I've done a couple builds from Delton (DTI) Their rifle kits come with a complete upper, bolt, stock, and lower parts kit. Add a stripped lower and you are done. Can be built under $600 + shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgemont View Post
    Ultimately I would like to build both an AR-15 and Ar-10 rifle. But I really want a .308 caliber rifle.
    post deleted, bad intel from website: http://www.303british.com/id36.html
    Last edited by Klayton; 08-20-2010 at 11:10 AM.

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    might want to re check yer data


    .308 is higher in pressure than 7.62 nato

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    Sorry about that, after doing a more thorough search, this website has bad intel:

    Also found this which also contradicts that bad website: "Although not identical, the 7.62

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    Here are two links to my .338 Federal I picked over a .308


    and the manufacturer link: http://www.tikka.fi/t3models.php?litess

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    Thanks everybody for the replies. The reason for anyone (myself) for building your own AR platform, seems to me to worth the risk of something going wrong... PRIVACY. Plus, a very personalized rifle is nice.
    I've done a little bit of research on the pressure for the "different" calibers, and my conclusion is that Sgl21-61 is right... According to my research at least. One question that I have is, can you slap a piston driven bolt carrier group in a build from one of the 80% receiver makers, like Del-ton? I want to run a chromed bolt carrier and barrel setup like the Rugar 556. I would consider buying one privately, but as yet that has been hard to find. Even though the Rugar is a little on the heavy side, I still think that it is the way to go (in terms of Chromed bolt & barrel).

    So does anyone know if a piston setup would work in one of the unfinished kits that Del-ton or AR15-kits.com offer? And do any of the AR kit sites offer the Piston option? So far I haven't been able to find this information

    Thanks so much for the advice everyone!

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    ya I own an m1a and spingfrield says not to run comercial .308 in it due to higher pressures.

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