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Old June 18, 2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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AR15 for hunting build

I am looking to build an ar 15 for hunting deer with. I have already settled on 6.8 for the rifle, I'm trying to decide how to build it, i'm talking stocks, barrel length, handguards etc. I was thinking about the possibility of a fixed skeleton stock or something of the like. I'd like to hear from people who use their ar's for hunting specifically. Thank you for your input.
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Old June 19, 2012, 07:02 AM   #2
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If you'll visit the 6.8 forum, you'll get a lot of good ideas. Lots of guys over there hunt with their 6.8s.
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Old June 19, 2012, 07:22 AM   #3
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I am thinking about the same thing.

Keep us updated on what you decide.

I think lighter is better. But most of the options out there are very "combat" oriented and tend to be on the heavy side.
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Old June 19, 2012, 07:58 AM   #4
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ACE has a few different very light stocks that really reduce the weight. Keep the barrel length as short as possible. A tube style floated hand guard without rails cluttering up everything. Iron sights are a lot lighter than optics. 6.5lbs is doable.
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Old June 19, 2012, 09:51 AM   #5
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Iron sights are a lot lighter than optics. 6.5lbs is doable.
Can you point me towards that build/rifle?

I am not up on the 6.8 offerings.

If I could get down to 6.5-7.0 lbs range with no optics, I would be very happy. (I will mount a Leupold VX2 2x7 that I took off my old 30-06 Abolt)

I was thinking about just breaking down and buying a bolt action 7mm-08 because everything seems to be way too heavy for a hunting rifle. I don't want a "combat" 6.8 SPC, just a hobby grade hunting rifle that has the same manual of arms as my 6920 that I use for HD/EOTW training.

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Old June 19, 2012, 12:37 PM   #6
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I'm undecided about building a 6.8. I've done my research and if I decide to go ahead with it, I would probablly go with a 16" barrel. Free float handguard and a fixed stock. Right now I have two complete lower receivers waiting for me to complete the uppers.

Take a look at Stag, YHM and PSA for barrels. The BCGs are pretty much out of stock at the moment. Everything else is just standard AR15 parts.
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Old June 20, 2012, 06:34 AM   #7
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Can you point me towards that build/rifle?

I am not up on the 6.8 offerings.

If I could get down to 6.5-7.0 lbs range with no optics, I would be very happy. (I will mount a Leupold VX2 2x7 that I took off my old 30-06 Abolt)
Basic M4 upper/lower, ACE Ultra lite stock. 14.5 barrel, A2 long FH. OEM or MOE hand guard.

Do you have a mag size limit with state hunting regs? With a small mag and the VX2 you should be around 7.5-8+lbs.

I think a SBR 10-12" gun with the ACE would be a killer hunting rifle for moderate sized game. You give up a little velocity but a gun this size is so easy to carry all day in any terrain.

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