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AR Styles/Calibers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MacFromOK, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. MacFromOK

    MacFromOK Sharpshooter

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    Well... I'm still not an AR guy (yet).

    Never shot one, never even held one. They just don't visually appeal to me, but I must admit that some don't seem so ugly anymore (lol, thanks OSA).

    However... if I were to consider buying/building one, I'd want one of the most widely available "off the shelf" styles and calibers, with a decent (> 200yd?) range. I am NOT a reloader, nor do I want to be.

    What AR style(s) (9/10/15?) and caliber(s) would ya'll suggest?

    Thanks. :drunk2:
     
  2. rc508pir

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    DO you stock 5.56? If not what calibers do you have that you can get a AR in?
     
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    I am intrigued by the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 Sport. Yeah, I know, it shoots .22LR. But the controls are the same as a 5.56 AR, and a lot less expensive to shoot. New ones are available in the $400 range.

    https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/mp-15-22-sport


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    Atwoods regularly has M&P-15's and Ruger AR's on sale for $450. Even without a free float foreguard, they should easily plink pretty accurate to 300.
     
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  5. MacFromOK

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    Maybe you missed the part where I'm not an AR guy? :D

    I would expect to buy ammo, the only long range gun I have is .30-06.
     
  6. MacFromOK

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    In what caliber(s)? Seriously guys, I know very little about ARs.
     
  7. dennishoddy

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    Ok, we now have a clue.
    If you want a fun, cheap centerfire gun to shoot, the standard AR-15 in .223 or 5.56 like has been said is a great plinker. I can ring a 10" gong at 300 yards about as fast as one can get back on target with almost zero recoil. Beyond 350-400 yards, it starts dropping out of the sky.
    Since you said you had the venerable 30-06 which is one of my all time favorite calibers for long range, you would have to look at a 6.5 Grendel, or other short action calibers to fit the AR platform. If you want to look at .308 or other long action calibers you would have to go to the AR-10 platform. Looks just like an AR-15, but bigger and heavier.
     
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    I forgot to list the available calibers. Most of these are only available to reloaders, but there are several pistol calibers like 9mm that might interest you for short range plinking.
    Wish you were closer. I could get you on the bench with 4 different calibers.
    Here is the list stolen from AR15.com:
    15) How many calibers can I get uppers that fit my .223 (AR-15) lower? What are they?
    While the list is nearly endless with all the wildcats possible. Here are the some of the more common and more interesting uppers that are (or have been) produced for the standard AR-15 lower (may not be up-to-date):
    223/5.56
    6 x 45
    7 x 40
    357 Mag Rimless
    300 Whisper / .300Fireball / 300-.221
    6.5 x 40
    .30 Coyote (30 x 45)
    .17 Remington
    .17 Mach IV
    .20 Tactical
    .19 Calhoun
    5.7 FN (developed by Rhinland Arms - no word yet on who is going to mfg it)
    .204 Ruger
    6.8 SPC
    30 HRT
    338 Spectre
    10 mm Mag
    35/40
    219 WASP-C
    7.62 x 40
    5.45x39
    7.62 x 39
    .338 x 39
    6 PPC
    6.5 Grendel / 6.5 AR / 6.5 PPC Improved
    22 PPC
    7 sCAR ....
    30 Carbine
    5.45x39 / .21 Ghengis
    7 BR
    6.5 BR
    300 Sabre
    8mm (belt fed upper)
    .308 (again a belt fed upper - no longer available)
    458 SOCOM
    44 Mag
    440 CorBon
    44 AMP
    .475 Tremor
    50AE
    499LW
    50 Beowulf
    .50 BMG (single shot)
    .50 Blackpowder (1 made)
    9mm
    45ACP
    32ACP
    22 LR
    17 HV
    10mm
    7.62x25
    224 BoZ
    7.62x24
    9x23
    .357 Sig
    .357 Auto
    40S&W
    223 WSSM
    243 WSSM
    300 WSSM
    .30 RAR
     
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    I know you can't watch video's with your connection, so here is a blog about AR15's for beginners.
    It describes the different platforms, styles, and does a great job doing it. It does employ some terminology that they didn't adequately describe for those just getting into the AR field, so ask away. Enjoy

    http://www.702shooter.com/community-awareness/ar15-primer/
     
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  10. MacFromOK

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    Wow, that's quite a list. :D

    I'd want something beyond the range of a 9mm carbine (> 200yds, remember?).

    Which of those AR-15 calibers are 200yds+ and readily available?

    EDIT: Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.
     

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