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About Lane

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    Upstate New York
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    Machining, Building, Shooting, Reloading.

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  1. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    From a functional standpoint; yes, you could easily turn the gas block upside down. From a legal perspective it wouldn't fly here in NY state. If the firearm were to come under the scrutiny of police, the examiner is allowed to disassemble and reassemble as they see fit; the catch is they aren't allowed to do any gunsmithing. Without a gas port drilled in the barrel it couldn't be assembled as a semi-auto, with the gas block upside down it could. Having a semi-auto capable firearm with a pistol grip would make it an unregistered assault weapon (same with any other attached "feature").
  2. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    This is my next build actually. I purchased a Polymer 80% lower out of curiosity (and since Ceratac didn't have a sale on aluminum anymore). I will likely swap lowers around so that particular one isn't on a 7.62x39; but, I've been eyeballing my options for that build. I want an AR without a gas port drilled in the barrel so I can legally have a pistol grip installed in NY. I'm just now finishing the wood on a Traditions .50 cal muzzleloader, and slowly working through an AK build. Seems like you might have the building bug as well...
  3. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    I've done a few of their AR-15s and have no complaints. What are your plans for those? Looks like the PA65 is a DPMS style lower with a curve at the receiver extension instead of a diagonal cut of the AR-10 style SR762 type lower that Ceratac sells. That will certainly limit, if not rule out interchangeability. There are a few threads around here with a comparison image of the two side by side, but I couldn't find one of them quickly.
  4. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    I found the same information on the 5D tactical website and also asked them some pointed questions. Then with some help from this forum, I cut mine without the jig based on a measurements from an early Matrix Aerospace lower (Matrix Aerospace made the lowers for Ruger's SR762). The fire control group turns to be different in both vertical and horizontal position which is why standard 5D and other jigs are not compatible. I used the live chat to ask about the no fcg option. Turns out they omit all of those parts, no pins, hammer, trigger, disconnector, or associated springs.
  5. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    I can try to answer at least some of your questions. You might want to search around the forum for answers on the barrel extension. My recollection is that only the nut and upper receiver threads are different, but I don't have anything to compare with myself. The no FCG option is new, but they have a live chat feature on the website that runs during business hours. Should be able to get that answer in a few minutes when they are open tomorrow. I will say the $10 savings is laughable regardless of how many parts are removed. I would gladly buy the trigger and hammer from you for $10 if there are too many other parts missing with that option. The barrel nut is not indexed for the gas tube; the gas tube passes over top of the nut entirely. When tightening the barrel nut you simply align the holes so the hand guard (when mounted) aligns with the upper receiver rail.
  6. Lane

    Magazine questions

    I went through this with a magazine that looks very similar to that one. Mine is marked as made by ACS, and not DPMS; but the construction appears the same. This magazine wouldn't latch no matter what I did; so I removed the magazine catch from the lower. Holding the magazine in tight and looking through the hole in the mag-well, it was clear that the catch hole in the magazine needed to be opened up on the top side. Yours could be left, right, or top of course; maybe even all of the above. I did all this with the upper installed and the bolt closed. Once I figured out what was going on; I slid out the floor plate and ground the catch hole in the magazine taller with a small flat file. Then I tested, cleaned the shavings, and put it back together. Even after that; the feed lips took some wear from the bolt carrier, so I cycled it with oil repeatedly. It is likely you could modify the feed lips to the same end, but I personally assumed it better to do that as a last resort. I don't think it took my more than ten minutes all told, but I did have the punch (to remove floor plate which was very tight) and flat file close at hand. I only removed the guts of the magazine to make sure it was clean inside when I was done.
  7. Lane

    You will not be missed

    Fixed this one for you; sorry I don't have any source material for this 3-ft purple tool everyone wants so bad. You may crop as you see fit.
  8. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    Thank you, I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. I hope it does help someone else in the future as I got quite a bit of help from this forum along the way. So many great topics to read about here, and some things came up I hadn't even considered with previous builds. As nervous as I was to ruin a $10 part; my adjustable gas block conversion worked out, and has held up to my light shooting so far. I also had no idea the buffer weight could make such a difference, which is something I have yet to experiment with further as time goes on. For now though; I'm simply focused on getting it sighted in the best I can, and spraying bullets out the barrel before hunting season opens in less than a week. Yesterday I nailed six rounds through the same hole in a paper target, so I think I'm in good shape.
  9. I think I figured out my initial problems with this. It seems like at some point during adjustment I would start squinting and adjust a focus to that. When my eye got too tired I would stop squinting, my eye would see something off, and I would start the process over again. I may be squinting into other scopes without thinking about it to compensate for my vision; I'll have to be more mindful when I shoot other things. I didn't need to make any adjustment at all shooting Monday after a careful setup on Sunday.
  10. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    The DIY adjustable gas block was reinstalled with a stainless grub screw. I took it outside and adjusted the screw to fail to eject, then back out a bit after the new buffer body was filled with tungsten weights. It seems to be working alright; no longer marking the bolt carrier, ejecting at 4 o'clock, scope is adjusted close to accurate. I think I am finally finished with this build, at least until it comes time to play around with more buffer weight. Until then, I'll try to keep the barrel warm.
  11. I spent some more time with it yesterday and today. I thought I was getting next to nothing useful out of the parallax adjustment until I finally figured out that 1/64th of a turn is all I need from fully closed. I had been riding past that point every time and thought it must be my eye because the rest of the range was useless for me. The ocular adjustment seems roughly accurate distance-wise. I guess I really did just need to play with it a bit more. Having had the parallax adjustment off, the blur was causing me to get tired quickly. Still not quite sighted in but I'll get to that in time.
  12. I am able to adjust the focus on the scope to get a clear sight picture, but at that setting the distance numbers are way off. I aim at something roughly 50 yards away and have a focus setting around 150. My eye does get tired very quickly, and I did notice I can get a clear reticle image early on. When my eye gets tired I can barely see it well enough to aim magnified to anything less than 8x.
  13. I have not spent a lot of time with this scope yet, but I think I might need some secondary optics. I've recently remembered that I do have an astigmatism in my right eye, which is very much noticeable with 1x holographic scopes. I have not owned, or worn glasses in many years as they got destroyed long ago. I hadn't considered how an FFP scope might give me similar problems. I do drive just fine with my current vision; the left eye is nearly perfect. I searched around and couldn't find qualified information about this particular problem. I'm open to any suggestions, but at this moment I think I'm going to need proper glasses for hunting with this scope. Is that common for FFP vs SFP, or have I not explored all the settings in detail?
  14. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    Nearly finished with the second bronze buffer. I took my time with this one, and measured everything very carefully. I also took the time to cut out enough of the tail end so I could mill it through for weights on my existing drill press. The hole for the weights is cut all the way to depth, and true to diameter. The last thing to do is weld up the face hole because that was just how this particular bronze stock came. I think if I take my time with the right filler, it will be fine. I also ordered a stainless buffer body with two steel weights which will be here on Monday. That way I have the bumper pads, and some steel weights to try in combination; and another body to work with. Unfortunately no adjustable gas block yet so I decided to drill and tap the one I have. I drilled and tapped for 8-32 but it looks like I can cut to 10-32 pretty easily. I'm going to pick up grub screws in both sizes tomorrow so I can try it out. I'm not sure how soon to expect the one I ordered; no reply from the seller who sent a shipping notice more than a week ago. Might as well throw it on an AR-15 if it ever does arrive. Primary Arms 4x14x44mm scope showed up, but I haven't really had a chance to do much with it. I also had to fully neuter my gun after learning that you can't truly fix a magazine here, given the way the law is written. I don't really like this Boar grip, but it was cheap, available, and very much legal.
  15. Lane

    Ceratac AR-308 Build

    txdo_msk: Can't say as I know anything at all about the jig. I presume it works just fine if you want to buy one. Personally I did the milling from measurements off what the Ceratac kit appears to be based off of. The upper assembly in the kit might work with any of the compatible lowers based on the measurements, though I don't know anyone that has tried. I am reasonably sure the hammer should line up to hit the firing pin; I can't swear that the takedown pins will though. I'm currently working out some issues with an 18" kit being a bit over-gassed, but it's a reasonable assumption that the 16" kit might be ok. There is another Ceratac thread in "Building a .308" where I outlined a few things I ran into; but it's no longer a complete list. There was some break-in; not everything came perfect from the factory. They also don't check the headspace on the builder kit (if you don't pay for an assembled upper). Hope this helps.