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#6895746 - 09/22/17 03:34 PM looking for advice on AR setup
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Registered: 08/26/09
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good afternoon all. i am in the market for an AR set up for hogs and other varmints. i want to get a thermal scope as (hopefully it can function during the day as well so i do not have to have two of them but do not know). basically i am a big bird hunter but admittedly know little about AR's. i prefer not to spend $3K so i am all ears everyone. please give me your advice and knowledge. thanks in advance.

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#6895747 - 09/22/17 03:37 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
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$3k for the rifle or for the whole setup? You're not likely getting into any decent thermal (just the optic) for under $3k.

Read this thread, it will have many of your answers.
http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth..._a_#Post3520400
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#6895756 - 09/22/17 03:50 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
garyrapp55 Offline
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He's right. It takes more than $3k for quality thermal. Have you considered Gen 3 night-vision? On second thought, that's just as expensive.


Edited by garyrapp55 (09/22/17 03:55 PM)

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#6895757 - 09/22/17 03:50 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
patrick123 Offline
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well lets start with the basic AR set up witha good scope and light. i can work on the expensive thermal scope later.

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#6895770 - 09/22/17 04:03 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
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https://www.blackstonearms.com/
These guys can set you up with a good 6.8mm that will kill hogs. There are many options tho, you could buy a complete upper like these
http://bisonarmory.com/68SPC-UpperAssemblies/
then get a complete lower at the gun show, or anywhere you choose, now is agreat time to build an AR as the market is saturated and stuff is cheap, well, cheaper than it has been

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#6895773 - 09/22/17 04:05 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
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you can buy a $500 cheap AR
or a $1200 better AR

pick one,,,, they're all good enough for hogs

I do prefer AR10

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#6895774 - 09/22/17 04:05 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
garyrapp55 Offline
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Registered: 12/26/11
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you don't have to get a 6.8 either, other calibers kill hogs too, that's just what I use

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#6895790 - 09/22/17 04:21 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
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This is a pretty good thread in the Optics section on thermals.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/6830154/1

If I didn't have an AR but wanted the most versatility, I'd buy a Savage MSR-10 Hunter in .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor and not look back. That would kill anything in Texas for ~$1200.
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#6895834 - 09/22/17 05:28 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
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Pulsar RXQ30V thermal scope- $1800ish
Palmetto State Armory complete lower--150ish
Assembled bare upper, ARP 6.8 SPC barrel and gas tube, Seekins adjustable .750 gas block, 6.8 BCG and cheap midlength handguard from Sportsmans Guide-$450ish.

Under $2500 for a very capable hog slaughtering machine.
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Nothing wears out a scope,like looking through one!..................

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#6895837 - 09/22/17 05:29 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
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There's a lot of flavors in the 223 uppers (calibers) from 22's on up to 458? Once you have the lower. Getting started just get the night vision then save for thermal. I used a variable brightness flashlight with scope for years setting in the blind, then got an adjustable green light, then night vision. Waiting on savings for thermal, prices are coming down.

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#6895881 - 09/22/17 06:09 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
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Right now you can get a PSA AR 10 for about $600. Add a sightmark photon xt for $450 and you can kill all the pigs you want.


I'd say get a 300blk for $500 ish witht e Photon as thats what I shoot, but then the haters would show up.
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#6895890 - 09/22/17 06:18 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: chalet]
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Originally Posted By: chalet
Right now you can get a PSA AR 10 for about $600. Add a sightmark photon xt for $450 and you can kill all the pigs you want.


I'd say get a 300blk for $500 ish witht e Photon as thats what I shoot, but then the haters would show up.


Most of the haters have never owned a 300blk.
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Nothing wears out a scope,like looking through one!..................

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#6895925 - 09/22/17 07:04 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: patrick123]
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#6896108 - 09/22/17 10:04 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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Originally Posted By: ImTheReasonDovesMourn
Originally Posted By: chalet
Right now you can get a PSA AR 10 for about $600. Add a sightmark photon xt for $450 and you can kill all the pigs you want.


I'd say get a 300blk for $500 ish witht e Photon as thats what I shoot, but then the haters would show up.


Most of the haters have never owned a 300blk.


I have witnessed a 300blk SBR kill a pig popcorn Even have the video or it going down on my xsight. It will get the job done.

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#6896116 - 09/22/17 10:17 PM Re: looking for advice on AR setup [Re: 2Beez]
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Originally Posted By: 2Beez
Originally Posted By: ImTheReasonDovesMourn
Originally Posted By: chalet
Right now you can get a PSA AR 10 for about $600. Add a sightmark photon xt for $450 and you can kill all the pigs you want.


I'd say get a 300blk for $500 ish witht e Photon as thats what I shoot, but then the haters would show up.


Most of the haters have never owned a 300blk.


I have witnessed a 300blk SBR kill a pig popcorn Even have the video or it going down on my xsight. It will get the job done.


You can kill a pig with a .22LR but doesn't mean it's the best for the job stir

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