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Build or buy a rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifles' started by Higgins909, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Higgins909

    Higgins909 Member

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    I've got the itch to buy a new gun. I'm not sure what gun (maybe handgun) yet, but I am thinking about trying to build a rifle. The S&W M&P 15 used to be $500 but now it's $600~ and so is the Ruger AR556. I'm wondering if I can build a gun of similar price that's worth it or just buy a cheap rifle.

    I'm open to different semi auto guns. I thought about a (quality?) century arms, but they're a bit more expensive, then those AR-15's. I haven't seen a C308 in person, but I seen parts of a real HK .308 version and thought it looked cool. I'm open to a AK style gun too. I don't know what other guns are out there.

    I'm probably going to try and feed it steel cased ammo and stick to iron sights and prefer it to be a rifle caliber and one that's not going to break the bank.(I think .30-06 was up there)


    But anyways, in this current market/economy, can I build some sort of rifle $500~ with new parts? Brands? or should I stick to buying a premade rifle?

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  2. Charlie

    Charlie Time is the thief of memory! TGT Supporter

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    I have built only one AR but after I completed it (with the bare minimum parts), I've come to the conclusion one can be bought for the same or even cheaper outlay than buying all the parts new and building. It really depends on how many upgraded parts, etc. the builder wants to put on it. The basic upper and lower receiver with all the internals is relatively inexpensive, but the sights, forearm, grip, stock, trigger (better than the standard), etc. is what may run the price up to and above one that is bought with all the things the buyer wants on his particular gun.
     
  3. innominate

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    This interests me also. I do not if it's true but I've stayed away from buying rifles or carbines someone built to sell, or building one myself, because I have read that gaps and spacing should be measured and confirmed for specific tolerances. That parts are not truly plug and play. Is this true? If it is, how do you know Joe blow putting parts together did it correctly?
     
  4. Dad_Roman

    Dad_Roman Well-Known TGT Supporter

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    Millions of answers to this one.

    Last AR's my son and I built were 275 (sans optics and mags) One in 5.56 and one in .223 Wylde. Other than that Identical. Your call. IMG_1718.JPG


    Pistol too.....

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  5. Dad_Roman

    Dad_Roman Well-Known TGT Supporter

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    Nope....plug and play. Quite easy if your mechanically inclined. Need a couple of specialty tools just to make it easier. 25 bucks for an armorers wrench. Punches and nice small hammer. Vise block set if your gonna do an upper. Torque wrench is a nice plus.

    Now....dont get me wrong. You can spend gozillions puttin one together and I admit I shop super hard for components (price wise)
     
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  6. Charlie

    Charlie Time is the thief of memory! TGT Supporter

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    Most of it is plug and play but fine tuning can come after it's assembled. If one was going to hunt game or just targets out to 300,400, or 500 yds.+, it gonna' cost ya!
     
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  7. Charlie

    Charlie Time is the thief of memory! TGT Supporter

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    This for sure!
     
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  8. Dad_Roman

    Dad_Roman Well-Known TGT Supporter

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    VERY true. These are good out to bouts 300 (depending on your particular eyes)

    Anything beyond that MAY require some rethinkin.....and badass optics.

    Mine go super bang. I love em. No problems with them. I also have a S&W Sport II. Super nice gun but no better than what I built.
     
  9. Charlie

    Charlie Time is the thief of memory! TGT Supporter

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    You can build a decent one from scratch for between $500 and $600 easily. If you want something special, it'll go up depending on what ya' want. Just my two bits.
     
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  10. Higgins909

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    How did you manage that cheap? I've found PSA and Ceratac but I still need to get a lower and I'm not sure how much those are going for at a local shop. FMK polymer lower is what I'm seeing online. Last time I heard about polymer lowers for AR-15 was when that guy was trying to 3d print one.
     


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