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Old 06-20-2017, 12:19 PM   #1
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I've been toying with the idea for a little while. Never done it, and I'm curious. I've got a couple 5.56s and want something a little different. May let my daughter shoot a deer with it in the next year or two once she's comfortable. Even though we know a .223 is fine for deer. In a perfect world, I'd put together something "decent" for a few hundred bucks ($5-$600 maybe?). I don't need a match rifle or the most BA tactical weapon known to man. I'm not wanting to skimp and get the bottom of the barrell, but I don't need to drop a grand on my first build either. I don't know how realistic I'm being though. things like barrel, trigger, gas block/gas system I know are important. Not sure what brands are good, or junk, or over-priced, etc. I know of timney and geissele triggers and some basics. Any pointers, advice, recommendations, etc? Thanks, fellas.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:26 PM   #2
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You'll have a hard time building a 6.8 for near that. A 5.56 would be very easy to do at that price point. Those triggers you mentioned would burning up 1/3 of your budget, just goneith a standard LPK from Palmetto State.
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Have you heard of http://gulfcoastgunforum.com/forum.php ? There's quite a few 6.8 fans over there. Personally I would ask FrankT, he has four 6.8 hog guns he's built that I know! Myself, for a good entry level gun that won't break the bank I'd go to Palmetto State Armory (PSA). I built my youngest son an AR-15 from there for $460 and it's a solid well built AR-15, much better quality than you would expect for that price. Good luck!
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Chase - is LPK a lower parts kit? i was looking at those, and then either going w/ the higher priced of the 2 w/ the upgraded trigger, or purchasing a drop-in separately. I'm not necessarily locked into a budget, but have no idea what i should expect either. Viking - how did you build your sons? did you put it together or buy complete uppers and lowers? i'll check out the gun forum. i used to visit there regularly when they started up but not too much anymore. i remember when frank was getting into that stuff when he still lived in this hood. i'll check over there some too - thanks.

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Frank lives in my neighborhood now so we talk a lot, he's definitely the #1 fan of the 6.8's that I know!
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Take a look at 6.5 Grendel and 300blk also. The 6.8 buzz seems to have been dying off from what it once was but I still see these other 2 calibers being talked about often. I've got a 300blk personally. I'm sure any of them will get the job done though.
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I recently built a 6.5 Grendel and it cost me a grand total of about $725. I bought the lower from Spike's Tactical for $300 when they had them on sale, they're $430 now. The upper I found at Sanders Armory on sale for $398, still the same price now, and it's a thing of beauty and fit with the Spike's Tactical lower like a glove. I've included links to the upper and lower below.

http://sandersarmoryusa.com/product/...th-bcg-and-ch/

http://www.spikestactical.com/collec...nt=32734009996
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I have 8 Sanders uppers, good stuff.
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I also have a 7.62x39 complete upper from Sanders and it is great. I will buy from them again.

Something I really need to do is spend some money on triggers. It is amazing how much better I shoot when shooting a gun with a nice trigger.
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Something I really need to do is spend some money on triggers. It is amazing how much better I shoot when shooting a gun with a nice trigger.
Agree 100%.

good info on the sanders uppers - I appreciate it yall. the one Viking posted is slick - I def want that style hand rail.
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