I can't seem to post a response to CPJ. It won't "take."
I watch Gunbroker auctions all the time. I've seen DPMS .308 Oracles sold in the fives. The accuracy comment for LR308 models I got from American Rifleman. They got groups as small as .68 inch. Google the test for the whole storyIf you simply must spend more money, consider the G II model. NRA testers achieved groups as small as .30"Averages were a little larger -.47" for 3 groups, and .8" for 9 groups, but to get sub half-minute of angle accuracy from an out-of-the-box rifle shooting off-the-shelf factory ammunition is impressive. Gunbroker has these with starting bids as low as $850. Expect them to close around $1200-ish, a bargain for that kind of performance. Go to Gunbroker and shop till you drop. I've read lots of tests of rifles costing much more from many manufacturers, that don't perform nearly as well. I would imagine that even the most conscientious home builder, using the best components would have a tough time beating sub-half-minute accuracy with factory ammo. I've never built any guns myself, but it seems quite a hassle for uncertain, unpredictable results when the sure thing is available at such reasonable cost. And it comes with a warranty.But then, I have drawn the plans for 2 houses, 3 restaurants, and 2 retail stores I've owned and operated over the decades of my working life. It is a real thrill to see the builders create the reality exactly as you imagined it in your mind's eye. Perhaps building your own AR10 might be just as fun and rewarding.
Thanks for the input on those stocks. Just looking at the pic, the one I liked to appeared to have some potential. But then, that's just pics on the internet. Guess I have about a month or so to decide which way it'll go. If I made my mind up right now, it's bound to change tomorrow anyway.
I agree with you on building rather than buying. Nothing wrong with buying one of the rack, if that's what someone wants. But to buy one off the rack that had the features and parts I want, it would end up being as much as I'll spend building one. Especially when you consider that around $400 out of my $1500 budget is for the optic and mount alone. That leaves $1100 for the rifle. I don't consider that too bad for a decent, complete gun with an adjustable gas block, free float handguard and not built with really cheap parts. The only upgrades it'll get after the build will be a trigger and possibly a brake.
Optic and mount for this build has been ordered.
Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x24 with one of their cantilever mounts.
It'll be about a month from now before I plan to have the rest of the stuff to build the gun.
Put that scope on a 223 I built a while back - really like it.http://forums.gunsandammo.com/discussion/35035/new-ar-build#latest
Nice. Guess I missed your thread on that one. I also had a concern about the 1/2 MOA adjustment on this scope. Hopefully It'll work fine for me.
It looks like I have a trigger for this build now. Turned out my buddy who I thought had a Geissele trigger he said he didn't need no has a use for that trigger. But he did say he has a brand new Larue MBT trigger he doesn't need. $40. Told him I'll take it. That will give me something to start with.