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Bruiser

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  1. I took it out and shot it today. Other than being kinda heavy the only problem I had was that it seems to make ammo disappear... I swear I only pulled the trigger 5 times but then my magazine was empty ? Everything worked properly. Ejected straight out the side, fed every round, bolt locked back after last round. No problem chambering a round after a new magazine was installed. I was shooting Winchester Super X 180 grain Power Points. It was very pleasing to shoot. I expected much more recoil than it gave. I would say my COlt Competition has a sharper recoil shooting 55 grain 5.56 ammo. BTW, I still did manage to come in at just over $800 but it was the Duracoat shipping fees that pushed it past 800. Thanks to everybody for your advice, -Bob
  2. I didn't realize that I left you guys hanging like this ? All my parts came in. I had no trouble putting the lower together. I was following a you tube video. The upper was a little tougher. I ended up watching several video to figure it out. I think I took the handguard off three times because it was in the way of installing something else. I was so excited about getting the barrel timed so the rail lined up with the receiver that I put it on all the way. Then I realized I needed it off to install the gas block so off it came. Stupid me, I put it back on. Then later I went to put on the ejection door and discovered it needed to come off again... I didn't stake or Loctite anything because I plan on taking it back apart so it can make it foliage green. I wanted to make sure it functioned properly before the Duracoat. I took it out and shot it today. Other than being kinda heavy the only problem I had was that it seems to make ammo disappear... I swear I only pulled the trigger 5 times but then my magazine was empty ? Everything worked properly. Ejected straight out the side, fed every round, bolt locked back after last round. No problem chambering a round after a new magazine was installed. I was shooting Winchester Super X 180 grain Power Points. It was very pleasing to shoot. I expected much more recoil than it gave. I would say my COlt Competition has a sharper recoil shooting 55 grain 5.56 ammo. BTW, I still did manage to come in at just over $800 but it was the Duracoat shipping fees that pushed it past 800. Thanks to everybody for your advice, -Bob
  3. That's very generous of you. I'll have to see if I have a receipt when I get home but I'm betting I probably don't. It's probably been a year since I bought it. I did find one at Optic Planet https://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-m-series-xr-mount-30mm.html Another at Rangefinders https://www.rangefinders.com/nikon-m-series-xr-mount-30mm.html Nikon is really proud of it https://en.nikonsportoptics.ca/nikon-products/mounts/m-series-xr-mount-(30mm).html Guns and Ammo https://1800gunsandammo.com/nikon-m-series-xr-30mm-scope-mount-840 Those are just the first few pulled off from Google. Seems like $84 to $85 is the going price for them. I think I paid around $80 for it though. How does $80 shipped to you in a priority box sound? -Bob
  4. I think it's going to be a no-go for an exchange at Cabela's. Apparently Nikon has re-named all their mounts and the one I have is obsolete (?) now. They use to have the P series and the M series but now they are labeled all different. I know they make spacers to size down from 30mm to 1 inch so maybe I'll be going that route. I stopped by the base exchange at Holloman AFB and was able to pick up a 10 round Pmag for $19.99. Not very good pricing but it was sitting there waiting for me to buy it. I plan on taking it out on Saturday for it's first shooting. I have some Remington 180s and I think I might pick up a box of 150s to try both weights for function. I'll be sure to post up the results. -Bob
  5. Here we go... First is the rifle sans any sighting options and something else that is very important if you want to shoot it but not entirely necessary Then I went to get the optics and discovered the Nikon mount I have is not for one inch tubes so it won't work with the Nikon Prostaff It looks like I will be shooting it at first with the mount and 4x scope that was on my Colt Competition 5.56 AR15. I wonder if Cabela's will exchange the wrong mount for the correct one. I bought it from them but it was a long time ago... Still NIP though. If they would, maybe I would buy the other thing that is missing from all these pics while I'm there. Oh, and the weight without optics is 9.7 pounds. My Colt Competition is 6.5 and my Sig M400 Kryptec is 7 pounds so it not only the heavy hitter of the bunch, it's also the heaviest ? Well that about does it. Thanks again for all the help. -Bob
  6. Well, the crowfoot was in the mailbox at lunch time and it was a slow afternoon so I got busy. I torque the barrel three times to 35 ft lbs per most videos and instructions I read. I could tell that it wasn't going to line up so on the third sequence I put in one shim before I torqued it and it was very close. I reset the torque wrench to 60 ft lbs and started to line the handguard up. It took several tries as I would only advance it a little, then check. Each time I had to take it out of the vice because the lower block was interfering with the handguard. I think I did it four times and it's on the money now. I think it was because I got so excited I went ahead and installed the handguard all the way and then went to put on the flash hider when I realized I did not install the gas block so the handguard had to come back off. So then I assembled the gas block to the gas tube and what a PITA. You need three hands but I got it done. I finished up the install of the gas block/tube and reinstalled the handguard. I moved on (back) to the flash hider and installed it. I tried to put the crush washer on backwards but soon realized my mistake because it wasn't crushing and I couldn't clock the flash hider. Google helped me figure out it is was backwards and after I flipped it around the install went smoothly. Next was to install the ejection port door. Guess what? Yep, handguard had to come back of--DUH! For a minute, I thought I was going to have to take the barrel off and I was close to getting really upset (because of all the work indexing the barrel for the hand guard to line up) but the pin cleared the barrel nut. This being my first time assembling an AR is quite evident by this point... After the handguard came off installation of the door was quick. The forward assist was very straight forward and easy to install. I felt pretty safe in doing this again (because there was nothing left) and I installed the handguard again :) When I get it home it'll be time to slide the BCG and charging handle in. Then I will introduce Mr Upper to Mrs Lower and take a picture. So close, -Bob
  7. I thought about making the side clamping type of block like Lane pictured but it looked like it would be a little more in-depth than I really wanted to go and require stock larger than I have on hand. I went ahead and made some like I pictured in my post out of pallet wood. I think they will do the job. Here's the blocks just sitting. You can see the channel the rail fits into and the area that is raised to slip inside the bottom opening Here they are installed. I think that should hold it secure in the vice while I torque the barrel on. I checked the mail at lunchtime to see if the crowfoot arrived early but it did not. Side view for posterity's sake :) Thanks for following, -Bob
  8. I have only snugged up the nut on the receiver extension. A co-worker is bringing in his armorers tool (like pictured above) for me to tighten it more for the test firing. Once I shoot the rifle with a couple of loads to make sure it functions great I am taking it apart to Duracoat the upper, lower and handguard foliage green. When I put it back together that nut will get tightened and staked. Turns out there are two very thin shims in the little baggy. I haven't found any plans on the web for a vice block. I never even thought of looking. I do a lot of wood working and model building so I just thought I would route out the middle of a oak block to fit snuggly over the rail so that it also touches the top of the receiver and make a second block that slides up into the bottom of the receiver and "bottoms out" on the lower edge of the receiver. I'm gonna google it now though that you've mentioned it :) Here we go... Should look like this: Here's a pic of the barrel nut. Plenty of room for a crowfoot on it. You can also see that this barrel nut does not have anything to do with the gas tube. Adjusting the nut is all about proper torque and getting the handguard rail to line up with the receiver. Thanks for all the help and encouragement, -Bob FYI: Why foliage green? Well I was thinking flat dark earth but then B King Firearms was having a special on the MOE stock in foliage green. It seemed like a sign :)
  9. Here's my lower. I haven't staked the buffer tube nut because I am planning to take it back apart to paint the upper, lower and handguard foliage green. I just want to make sure it shoots without issue before I do that. I wouldn't want the paint to be blamed for causing a problem... Anyway, it could have been two shims stuck together with lube. I didn't look at it that closely yet. I didn't think about trying to heat treat it. I have watched forged in fire (like the show) so I'm surprised I didn't think of that. But, the real deal crowfoot was ordered this afternoon from Amazon. Should be here Friday. I hope to fab up some sort of receiver blocks out of some oak so I don't have to worry about damaging anything. Optics... I plan on trying out a Nikon Prostaff 3.5-14x50 SF Matte BDC scope that I bought for a Remington 700 in 308 that I never shot. Never will either because I sold it to my gun guy when I picked up my lower ? I had bought the 700ADL planning to trick it out with a stock and detachable magazine. After I saw the prices of those parts I started thinking that I would be better off buying an LR308 so I have been bidding my time for the last 2 years or so. I know this is going to sound goofy but I am so thrilled with myself for assembling the lower today. -Bob
  10. I have my lower built. Had to install the mag release twice because I didn't realize the serrations go to the outside. It wasn't pictured well on the site I found with Google. I ended up going to you tube and that's where I saw my mistake. I started on the upper. I got the barrel dimpled and then went to install it and discovered neither of the mechanics in the garage where I work have a 1-3/8" crowfoot for the barrel nut. I cut one out of some scrap metal we have laying around but it spread apart when I tried to torque it. I think I got pretty close to the 35 ft lbs though and I noticed the barrel nut was not in a position where the handguard rail was close to lining up. The handguard did come with a shim but no instructions so I if it's way off after the torqueing procedure (torque, loosen, torque, loosen, torque) then would I put the shim between the barrel and the barrel nut? BTW, the gas tube passes over the top of the barrel nut so that's not a factor. Oh, and what is the max torque that I want to put on the barrel nut? Thanks, -Bob
  11. I am about to start my first build ever. All the parts have arrived. From B. King Firearms ($571.57) AP Upper, Lower and Parallax Tactical 15.5 Slim M-Lok Handguard LR-308 Ejection Port Cover AP Forward Assist Assy Kit AP A2 Birdcage Flash Hider AP .750 Low Profile Gas Block AP Standard Charging Handle ToolCraft .308 Bolt Assy Magpul Moe Carb Stock AP M5 Lower Parts Kit From Armalite ($54.50) 6-Postion Carb Buffer Assy Kit From Ballistic Advantage ($157.14) 18" .308 Heavy Profile Rifle Length Barrel Modern Series Rifle Length Buffer Tube I caught some really good sales. It only came up to a grand total of $783.21. Hope to start the assembly tomorrow, -Bob
  12. The Armalite buffer tube assembly has arrived. The bulk of my parts are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday but then I will have to set up an appointment with my FFL to go thru that process. I just ordered some Duracoat for the upper, lower and handguard. I got kinda hung up on that because I didn't want to pay shipping that was just too high but I couldn't find it locally so I caved... My biggest hang up is the barrel. I would prefer a 18" barrel with a rifle length gas system. Ballistic Advantage has one on sale for $180 but it's a heavy barrel at 52.5 ounces. I'd really like something a little lighter at the same price point. I'll probably cave on this too ? I'd welcome some advise on it though. -Bob
  13. I have an armalite buffer kit on order now from armalite. Turns out they just got in all the parts to make the kits and would be assembling the kits today and tomorrow. They had 16 on backorder and had some extras so if you need one, snag it while you can. Oh, and they do offer a military and Leo discount. I talked to Brian in sales. I talked with a nice lady at toolcraft and she said that the high pressure 6.5 bolt with double ejectors would work but would be overkill/wasted money on a 308 build so I opted for the nitrided 308 bcg. Also ordered all the apps stuff previously listed. All I need now is to find a nice 18" ballistic advantage (or similar quality and price) barrel with a rifle gas system on sale or clearance somewhere. I also need a gas tube. Didn't order one now just in case I end up needing a mid length. Oh, and I need some foliage green duracote ?
  14. Ok, so tomorrow I am calling Armalite and getting whichever they have. I had to go out of town all day and couldn't call. Here's the rest of the parts AP 308 upper, lower and Parallax 15" slim M-Lok handguard Toolcraft Bolt-jury still out whether .308 nitrade or 6.5 CR high pressure bolt. E-mail sent to manufacturer LR-308 Ejection Cover AP Fwd Assist AP A2 flash hider AP .750 Lo Pro Gas block AP charging handle AP lower parts kit Barrel--I am still shopping for a barrel. Probably a Ballistic Advantage 18" with rifle length Gas tube--waiting until I pick out a barrel so I bget the right size Buffer Tube--Coming from Armalite. EIther a rifle length with fixed A2 stock or a 6 position tube kit Stock--either a fixed stock from Armalite or an Magpul MOE. Depends on the gas tube from Armalite I think that sums it all up. -Bob
  15. Is the Armalite Rifle length buffer assy also good? https://www.armalite.com/product/ea6050-ar10-a2-rifle-black-buttstock-kit/ Thank you, -Bob
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