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Old 09-03-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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Default AR - Why build?

I classify myself as a hunter vs being a shooter, and definitely not a blackgun guy. However, I do own an AR and thinking about picking up another one.

I see a lot of talk about building one vs buying one. My question is why build when the prices seem so good right now?

I know some will say they can build better for less. Can your really build cheaper and better at these prices?


$1097 at Walmart Colt 6920
Walmart in Niceville has this Windham one for under 800.00
http://www.windhamweaponry.com/images/rifles/SRC-L.jpg
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Bushmaster starting at $699.00
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/36_60
DPMS AR 15 UNDER $600
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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Building you get better quality for less/same money
Building you get what you want, you are gonna change it anyway
Building you can do for less
Building you get the barrel, twist and weight you want
Building you get the satisfaction of the finished product more than just buying one
Building you know more what you are doing to make changes, tearing down to clean

The price you see at the store includes the price of the build, the inflated parts cost and TAX

I can help anyone with sites and parts to order if you are not sure. People like Dixie can order your parts for you and put the gun together with or without you there to learn. Good luck!
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:02 AM   #3
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I hear what you are saying. However, for example;
I have the Bushmast XM15-E2S, 223-5.56mm, it does everything I want it to do. I'm sure I could go buy one of Walmarts $600.00 guns and it would also do the same thing.

All I care about is it shoots straight, does not jam etc.

Other than having the satisfaction, what can the average guy build a rifle for?

Keep in mind I'm not being a smart @ss, just curious.





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Building you get better quality for less/same money
Building you get what you want, you are gonna change it anyway
Building you can do for less
Building you get the barrel, twist and weight you want
Building you get the satisfaction of the finished product more than just buying one
Building you know more what you are doing to make changes, tearing down to clean

The price you see at the store includes the price of the build, the inflated parts cost and TAX

I can help anyone with sites and parts to order if you are not sure. People like Dixie can order your parts for you and put the gun together with or without you there to learn. Good luck!
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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Well a .223 about $500 for a basic gun with a much better barrel, dust cover and forward assist. For cheap plinking ammo and a better hunter than the .223 consider the 7.62x39 $6-700. A better hunting caliber like the 6.8 would be $600-800 but the savings would still be there from an already built one. When I am building one for ME the cost is more, but then I know what I want/need for a particular use.

For shooting rocks and paper, you will still improve your accuracy with a built weapon, if that does not matter to you then it probably does not matter. Built right the re-sale will be higher than the walmart gun.

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500.00, now you are talking my talk. A decent, good hunting gun at a cheaper price.
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I would not call a 223 a hunting gun, it is better with more expensive ammo, but not my cup of tea. I know, I know people kill animals and people with it, a 22 or a pellet gun will kill...LOL Just not my preference as a hunting round, a SHTF semi auto with cheap ammo for home defense or plinking, yotes, coons and such is is a good caliber.

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I coyote hunt with mine. Deer hunt with one of my other guns.
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It is a good yote and varmint round, I have sold all the ones I had and built for me. I would like a 7.62x39 or a .308 AR, but money is always a factor!
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Yea I want a 308 with a long barrel, maybe 20"
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In an AR? My limit is the 18" and they are getting some great lightweight builds now, as light as 8lb w/o the optics. I would love one but don't need it as I run a 6.8 now which is 70% of a 308 and for FL with our small animals it is fine.

Now in TX where you can use suppressors for all game animals now I would be all over a sub-sonic build of some kind maybe even the 300BO!
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