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#5699962 - 04/14/15 04:51 PM $2,000 AR build or buy?
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I want a Seekins PRO-3GL but Seekins cant get one built, Noveske Infidel is $3,000. So, I want to build a high end 14.5" with pinned brake, 15" SLIM handgaurd full rail on top only, maybe 16"

two Musts, Light weight and very accurate. What are the:::

Best lower?
Best Upper?
Best Hand guard?
Best barrel?
Best trigger 1.5oz final stage
Best Butt stock?

What else will I need to complete build? I've started a shopping cart at Brownells with the Seekins billet upper, billet lower and SRPO 15" hand guard,

Who should I get to put it all together? I really don't want to invest in all the tools to build.
May end up buying the Daniel, Defense M4V11 Lightweight or build another bolt gun...
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#5700020 - 04/14/15 05:33 PM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I really like the 14.5" Ballistic Advantage Hanson midlength barrel.

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#5700027 - 04/14/15 05:37 PM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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A friend turned me on to AR performance barrels and I think they are phenomenal.
I know several people who have them on their rifles and never known of any issues.

Edited by thewrap (04/14/15 05:38 PM)
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#5700033 - 04/14/15 05:42 PM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
tannerlst Offline

Registered: 01/31/09
Posts: 5131
Loc: Dallas
Arp doesn't do a 14.5" barrel

I did a 13.7" pinned for my can

Edited by tannerlst (04/14/15 05:42 PM)

#5700060 - 04/14/15 06:01 PM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 11/22/11
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A lightweight DD with whatever hand-guard you want. Geissle trigger. Stocks preference, though I really like my VULTOR.

Sling light magazines, an ammo!

#5700525 - 04/14/15 11:19 PM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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If you're buying, buy a JP. If not, buy a JP barrel.
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#5700681 - 04/15/15 07:26 AM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Any number of manufacturers make good barrels. I use Rainier and White Oak Armament barrels and am getting .2 moa out of both. I think they're Shilen parts.

#5700688 - 04/15/15 07:32 AM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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they are a work of art.

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#5700815 - 04/15/15 09:28 AM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Am I mistaken that forged receivers are not only lighter but also stronger?

#5700822 - 04/15/15 09:32 AM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
Dien Offline
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I pieced my two AR15s together using Noveske lowers and barrels. Both have Geissele triggers.

There really isn't a best.

Some good deals to be had on used rifles now if you look hard. LaRue Predatar would be on top of my list if I were in the market and change it up a bit to my liking.

#5700847 - 04/15/15 09:55 AM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: okstatefan]
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Originally Posted By: okstatefan
Am I mistaken that forged receivers are not only lighter but also stronger?

Don't know about stronger, billet are milled out of one piece of aluminum so I'd say that is stronger than the forged, but you're right the forged is lighter. Billet receivers are just sexy though.

If you're ever planning on selling it, or if you might even think about selling it, buy a premade one resale value is probably twice what a "custom built" one goes for. If you're going to keep it forever build it exactly the way you want. Also Don't use brownells, there are sites out there like joeboboutfitters rainierarms and primaryarms that have way better prices with cheap or free shipping and no tax (except primaryarms).

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#5700873 - 04/15/15 10:06 AM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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$2,000 makes for a top notch custom project if you have the skills and know what products work and don't work when put together. Otherwise spend the money on a factory gun (JP Enterprise, Daniel Defense, LWRC, Noveske or Larue...(wait time could be long for Larue...good product from a company run by an eccentric).
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#5701296 - 04/15/15 02:19 PM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Theres pros and cons to both. I bought simply because of wait times on parts and because of the warranty aspect. You could build an awesome gun for $2k but you can also buy a gun that'll run just as good. Look at the DD torture test for example. Just depends on what very accurate is to you, .5 moa, 1 moa, etc.. I think any higher end AR will do what you want if you put quality optics and good trigger in it.

#5701303 - 04/15/15 02:23 PM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Build it! So much better that way
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#5701637 - 04/15/15 05:26 PM Re: $2,000 AR build or buy? [Re: Varget 7-08]
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Loc: Dallas
Originally Posted By: Varget 7-08
Build it! So much better that way

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