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  1. cheap-bastidge

    PA10 Part 1

    Speaking of reloading for the pa10, I have had good results so far using 7.62x51 nato brass, using 168 grain hornady hpbt bullets, and cfe223 powder. Good combination, but you need to be super careful preparing the brass, full length sizing with a small base die is a MUST. Be very careful with your powder charge, because 7.62 nato is a different beast than .308 due to a different case volume. Right between 43.7 and 44 grains seems to be the sweet spot, extremely accurate. No signs of overpressure on brass or primers at this level. I know the pressure is very near the limit for the caliber. This is the sweet spot for controlling the cost per round yet still getting very good accuracy. If you know a better and still inexpensive way, please speak up 🙂
  2. cheap-bastidge

    PA10 gen 2 platform - branching out to new calibers

    I have been giving serious thought to the 45 raptor option, that should work with little fuss at all. Still, I already load for .458 winmag, but that is a single shot encore pistol and it is hell to shoot. Don't get me wrong it's awesome, but definitely punishing
  3. cheap-bastidge

    PA10 gen 2 platform - branching out to new calibers

    Nemo made a custom long action and does 300 win mag with it, they did a few one off 458 models, but yeah, PA10 is not going to accept a long action cartridge. Still, there are some other options that would fit.
  4. Since my PA10 in .308 turned out so nice, I have been recently thinking about how well the platform would work for branching out to a more interesting caliber..... Has anyone here thought about putting together another upper for something a little more interesting, like a 45 raptor, or other heavy hitting cartridge? say a .458 winchester magnum could be quite fun.
  5. cheap-bastidge

    Initial thoughts on PSA PX10.

    I am very interested in how this turns out.
  6. cheap-bastidge

    Need some advice

    I have watched the conduct of PSA with customers on "another" AR forum 🙂 It appears if you are polite, patient, and correctly explain your situation, they tend to be very good to their customers. After the experience I personally went through with my own 10th anniversary set of stripped lowers, I would advise to be very careful and sure you are ordering the correct parts when building out the pa-10. I did fine on mine, but did have some issues with an incorrect buffer. That was taken care of by PSA, but if I had not had the advice of well known members of this forum, I would not have noticed the issue before it would have done damage to my lower. I now have a great set of matching rifles, ar-15 and pa-10, and am very happy with how it turned out. PSA builds can turn into very nice guns, with excellent accuracy, without doubt. That being said, PSA still has a few lessons they need to learn, especially surrounding the buffer system on the PA-10 guns. I have also seen rumblings recently with some gas tube length problems. It seems to me these are being issues due to the lack of any sort of industry standards on the ar-10 pattern rifles being produced. Combine that with a company moving at the pace of PSA and some things are bound to happen.
  7. I didn't have a choice on taking off the extractor, it was bound up tight, no movement at all.
  8. That is part of my normal practice, which is why I was able to identify and correct the problems before attempting to fire the gun. That being said, there are a lot of folks out there who would just spray so lube in it, slap it on a lower and go to town with it, (or not, if it fails)
  9. I just recently put together a gen 2 PA10, and I found the extractor was not working at all right out of the box, the springs were all gunked up, causing it to not allow it to go over the shell when closing into battery. I had to take it apart, clean all the gunk out, and lube the heck out of it and put it back together. THEN it worked as it should. I found it odd they choose to use 2 o-rings (stacked) and 2 springs (1 inside the other) , never seen one done like that before. Once this was done it functioned perfectly when I took it to the range and fired it. If I had not done this, I am sure there would have been major malfunctions.
  10. I have been around guns my entire life, but just joined here. Mostly I came here for the information and experience with the PSA PA10 platform that seems to be richer here than about anywhere else. I just put together a PA10 recently, and have it up and running, but will likely have questions down the road. bfoosh assisted me with some buffer questions over on the PSA industry forum over at ar15.com and he seemed to have a pretty good grasp of the platform, so I figured it would be wise to come over here. I had experience with rifles in my youth, but most of my adult life I focused on a variety of handguns, and reloading ammunition for those. It was only a couple of years ago I got back into rifles via Palmetto state armory. As you can guess from my screen name, I am not fond of spending large sums of money to put a rifle together, so I do my best to pull good performance from as little funding as I can. Now, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate quality when I see it, but at the same time, if you are diligent and put time into a project, you can turn out a very precise rifle on a budget. At least, that has been my experience with PSA products so far. I used to have the opinion that the only rifles worth a darn for accuracy were of the bolt action variety, but my forays into ar-15 and PA-10 have changed that opinion. with the stuff on the market today, you can indeed obtain serious accuracy with a semi auto these days.
  11. cheap-bastidge

    PA10 whirlwind

    I was able to install a POF 3.5 lb drop in straight shoe trigger on my PA10 gen 2 without any issues at all. Great trigger for a decent price ($139)
  12. cheap-bastidge

    PSA releases the Gen2 PA10

    Does anyone here know if there is any sort of extended bolt release that will fit the PA10 lowers? I know the BAD lever is out of the question. And, their bolt release is a proprietary one, so I am doubtful the phase 5 would work.
  13. cheap-bastidge

    PSA releases the Gen2 PA10

    I put together a PA10 gen 2 in .308 this spring. Started with a stripped lower, and got the parts together. Went with 20" stainless barrel 1:10 twist with mlok rail and an aftermarket stainless flash hider that will double as a stabby bit. Tomorrow my Athlon 8-34x56 scope arrives and we will be off to the range next week for the holiday weekend. I have had it out previously for break in, using my 7.62 reloads and that worked fine. (once fired lake city brass - you NEED a small base sizing die for it) , It performed well considering I was using a $10 red dot for break in. I also put a magpul SL stock on it, along with a POF 3.5 lb straight shoe drop in trigger. I am hoping this works out as good as my PSA ar-15 with the same trigger , stock, and scope which proved to be a sub MOA gun for really good price. the neat part, the stripped lower was a matched set, AR-15 and AR-10 so they have the same exact serial numbers with different prefixes.