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agewonagewon Senior MemberPosts: 655 Senior Member
So, after a bit of downtime with the new job (Which is going great) I’ve decided to get my feet wet on an AR build. Spent a bit of time with the M&P 15 sport I got a while back and decided that I need a long range rifle to go with it. Sticking with the 5.56 for convenience factor down the road when I set up for hand loads, and still have plans for a future Bolt action to finish up that caliber.
Here are my current purchases
1. Mega Billet lower receiver
2. Mega Billet side charging Upper receiver

Here’s what’s planned
1. Noveske 20” Stainless Varmint barrel with Lo-pro gas block
2. Young MFG Match BCG
3. Magpul PRS stock


Now I need some real world advice from peoples I trust in this arena;
1. I’ll eventually upgrade the trigger, but I need a lower parts kit that’ll keep in form with the tolerances of the other components (not some cheap crap).
2. I’m looking for a free floating handguard that’s more round and plain as opposed to the tacticool railed ones. I like the Magpul, but would like some other ideas and the possibility of a bi-pod.

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  • LerchessLerchess Senior Member Posts: 550 Senior Member
    I usually get White Oak Armament or Daniel Defends lower parts kits. I get the White Oak without a trigger if I know I'm going to put a Geiselle trigger in anyway.
  • LerchessLerchess Senior Member Posts: 550 Senior Member
    For the handguard I would look at Troy, JP, MI gen 2, or Centurion. I'd be looking for a 15" or so tube with that barrel.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    Try Midwest Industries (MI) for the handguard, I have used DPMS lower parts kits with out complaint, I like my Timney trigger, but I only have one upgraded trigger.
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    For a plain round tube look at what DPMS offers. Lower parts kit I have used two from Fulton Armory, you can buy them without a trigger. Do yourself a favor and buy a good trigger to start with, even if it takes an extra month or two.
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,970 Senior Member
    People like Samson are putting out forends that are a nice mix between "tactical" and plain. Add rails as you need or desire.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2852128132/samson-evolution-series-customizable-free-float-handguard-ar-15-aluminum-matte
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  • agewonagewon Senior Member Posts: 655 Senior Member
    Lerchess wrote: »
    For the handguard I would look at Troy, JP, MI gen 2, or Centurion. I'd be looking for a 15" or so tube with that barrel.

    I think I likey the JP https://www.brownells.com/aspx/Account/DashboardFavorites.aspx#s77573. Fits my scheme and I like being able to add rails if needed.
    As much as I love the Magpul PRS, I think it's going to have to be an add-on down the road. Thinking just an A2 stock for now, or even the choate E-2.
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,577 Senior Member
    agewon wrote: »
    So, after a bit of downtime with the new job (Which is going great) I’ve decided to get my feet wet on an AR build. Spent a bit of time with the M&P 15 sport I got a while back and decided that I need a long range rifle to go with it. Sticking with the 5.56 for convenience factor down the road when I set up for hand loads, and still have plans for a future Bolt action to finish up that caliber.
    Here are my current purchases
    1. Mega Billet lower receiver
    2. Mega Billet side charging Upper receiver

    Here’s what’s planned
    1. Noveske 20” Stainless Varmint barrel with Lo-pro gas block
    2. Young MFG Match BCG
    3. Magpul PRS stock


    Now I need some real world advice from peoples I trust in this arena;
    1. I’ll eventually upgrade the trigger, but I need a lower parts kit that’ll keep in form with the tolerances of the other components (not some cheap crap).
    2. I’m looking for a free floating handguard that’s more round and plain as opposed to the tacticool railed ones. I like the Magpul, but would like some other ideas and the possibility of a bi-pod.

    In keeping with your Mega receivers, take a look at Mega barrels. Far less expensive than Noveske.

    Trigger groups: take a look at Jard. They aren't talked about much, but they are a great single stage trigger. I had a 2.5 pound setup in my previous LR build and it was fantastic. They go as low as 1.5 pounds, I think.

    Handguards: Rock River Arms make some nice and inexpensive smooth cylindrical fore ends.
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  • LerchessLerchess Senior Member Posts: 550 Senior Member
    agewon wrote: »
    I think I likey the JP https://www.brownells.com/aspx/Account/DashboardFavorites.aspx#s77573. Fits my scheme and I like being able to add rails if needed.
    As much as I love the Magpul PRS, I think it's going to have to be an add-on down the road. Thinking just an A2 stock for now, or even the choate E-2.

    Yeah its a nice tube for sure.

    I think either one of those stocks would work for the interim. Magpul also makes a fixed A2-ish stock that I plan on using next year for a project. I hear ya on the PRS. I used to want one, but they are pricey and heavy which is what changed my mind alternately at various times. But they are very nice for specific uses.
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