McCannicalBob Posted November 19, 2014 Report Share Posted November 19, 2014 Having made up my mind I'd like to build something bigger than a 5.56, and somehow getting the green light from my wife, I'm diving into a new build. I want to have something I can use to fairly reliably make 800 shots on targets, whether the targets are steel, cardboard, or rocks. I don't want it to be a hog because there's a chance I'd like to take it out for deer/antelope/sheep, but it will primarily be a target gun. My first impulse was to go .308, and for now that's the direction I'm heading unless someone thinks I'd be a lot better off with a .260 or Creedmoor. I want to stay under $2000. I bought a matched set of Aero Precision receivers in FDE from Schuyler Arms for a great price. When they arrived, they were black. This happened last Friday. I contacted Chris at Schuyler and he said he'd get the right set in the mail Monday (yesterday), along with a shipping label so my dealer can send the black ones back. The FDE set should be here tomorrow. I bought a BCG from SI Defense. It arrived yesterday, and when I unwrapped it I found the roll pin that holds in the ejector plunger was mangled and sticking out of the bolt. I called SI, talked to John, and sent him pictures of the bolt. He immediately sent me a return shipping label to send back the BCG. He told me he would quickly exchange the bad one for a good one. I also got a AP LPK and RE/buffer/spring kit from Schuyler Arms. I haven't looked them over too closely yet, but I'm not too worried about them. So, so far I've had some bad luck, but also what appears to be pretty good customer service. I just need a buttstock to complete my lower. I'm leaning towards an ACS-L at this time. I like the idea of a UBR but don't want that much weight. I may go with a polished up stock trigger from my LPK to start with, though I'll probably end up going with Geissele before all is said and done. As a fashion statement I plan to use all black parts on the receivers, to contrast with the FDE. Black stock and pistol grip, safety, mag release, bolt release, ejection port cover, FA plug, charging handle, and barrel. Everything else will be FDE. A lot of people here seem to like the TacOps-1 CH, so I'll likely go that way. I'm still stuck on the barrel, and even somewhat on the caliber. I do reload, so non-308 wouldn't be a problem, though I like the idea of having it chambered for something common to military and police for the sake of availability in a pinch. Assuming I go .308, I'm leaning towards any of the Rainier barrels in 18", though I've been looking at the Black Hole Weaponry barrels because I could get rifle length gas, and the Fulton Armory/Criterion stainless barrel because of it's good reputation. With Rainier, I'd also get the sub-MOA "guarantee" and the 90-day no questions asked return policy. For that alone my front runner is the Rainier Select in 18". It's black, has a pretty good rep for being accurate, is cheap, and I can send it back if I don't like it. Is this good reasoning? If I get a Rainier barrel, it would be mid-length, so I plan to use a SLR Rifleworks adjustable gas block. I also really like the looks of their Solo Lite handguard, and they'll Cerakote it for $40. Hopefully Aero Precision can tell me the exact Cerakote color they use on the upper/lower. On the muzzle I'm thinking PWS PRC or FSC30. I want to soften the recoil without going too crazy with blast like I'd get from something like the JP, Rolling Thunder, or Titan. Glass will have to wait. I have a Vortex Viper on an LMT 5.56 and really like it. I'll probably go that way again. Any thoughts/comments/criticism/ridicule for me? I'll keep this thread going as I continue on the project. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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