Build 2: .308 AR Long Range Target - Varmint Rifle
Below is a list of the hardware I selected for this build. When possible I will explain the reasons for my decisions as they apply to this project. Every attempt will be made to include images of the actual parts as well as how much I paid and links to where I obtained the parts from.
Build 2 : This project will be based on the DPMS LR-308 platform. Originally destined to be a future build this .308 AR begins life out of the difficulty in obtaining parts for build 1. I now have parts on order for two 308 AR rifles and the guns will be completed based on which parts arrive first. Its really going to come down to which barrel arrives first.
This .308 AR is going to utilize a 24" heavy stainless barrel. I will look to precision rifles such as JP Rifles for inspiration. A gun like this will be heavy and awkward and geared towards long range sub MOA accuracy. By long range I'm talking several hundred yards. If your looking to shoot at 200 yards and under an 18" barrel will be just as accurate at those distances and the difference in bullet velocity will be insignificant. You will notice many guys who build these 24" guns end up getting the barrels shortened over time.
Cost to date: $3667.26 not including magazines,Troy BUIS and anything in the small parts category below. Safe to say it was $4000 not including tools and items I bought and decided not to use.
Update: January 12, 2011 - After having this for a while I am still quite happy with the result. The only major change was the bipod. The Tango Down had to go. I found it awkward and difficult to manipulate. Hated it is putting it mildly. I replaced it with a GG&G Heavy Duty XDS Bipod. Additionally Magpul has since released the 308 PMAG 20LR. That is now the go to magazine for DPMS/SR25 weapons.
308-LR-05 $349.99 + $40 Transfer to my local FFL $389.99
This was a pretty easy choice. I'm left handed and didn't want to risk a smooth sided upper from Fulton Armory or JP Rifles for fear of cases flying into my face. The DPMS A3 is a typical flattop similar to that of an AR15 and because of this it includes a shell deflector in its design.
Fulton had it in stock without the trigger group. That was exactly what I wanted. Delivery was in about 3 days!!!
The American Trigger Corp SR Gold Trigger System is a brand new product from American Trigger Corp. ATC's Gold Trigger for AR15 rifles has been receiving great reviews so I decided in the spirit of this site to get one of these in our hands for this build. The ATC SR is priced exactly with the Geiselle at $279.95 and at the price my expectations are high. The Geiselle is currently the reigning champion of AR TRIGGERS.
Not many options here at this time. DPMS 308AR barrels get pretty high marks for accuracy and the price isn't too bad either $299.
Barrel length: 24"-26" is typical on .308 AR's built for long range precision
Not many choices here. DPMS is predicting incredible wait times. JP is expecting to manufacture some stripped carriers in the fall. This leaves Fulton Armory. I do suspect that the Fulton Armory bolt carrier is in fact DPMS.
Rear SSIG-FBS-R0BT-00 $149 Front-SSIG-FBS-FMBT-00 $129
This was an easy decision. The Troy Battle Sights are the best sights available for the AR15,M16,M4 rifle period. They are precisely machined of aluminum and stainless steel. All adjustment screws are recessed and cant accidentally be altered. They apertures are machined correctly to retain zero regardless of which aperture is being utilized (small aperture is correctly offset). The sights are on the correct plane to be co-witnessed with most optics. These sights are most likely the most expensive units available. If your life might depend on them one day they will be priceless.
PRS AR10/SR25 (7.62 NATO) $233
I selected Magpul PRS for its quality, adjustability and it's being well suited for shooting prone or from the bench. Additionally I will utilize an Accu-Shot BT05 Precision Rail Monopod at the bottom rail of the PRS
Below is the little stuff you don't want to forget about
There's is no need for a quad rail system on this particular rifle. To purchase such a handguard would be overkill and a waste of cash. The only accessory that will be added to this rifles handguard is a bipod. So with that in mind my research lead me to the JP/VTAC Modular Hand Guard System JPHG-1D but much to my disappointment the JP/VTAC like other key components seems impossible to obtain. So I set out again looking at the remaining free float tube options. I decided that I would take a leap of faith and order the Fulton Armory Titan handguard without ever seeing or touching one in person. The Titan FFHG seems to be rather uncommon as an aftermarket .308 AR handguard and I like that idea. Maybe it will appear a little different then the rest of the pack.
When ordering the Titan handguard I also ordered a 4" picatinny for the bottom of the tube for the purpose of mounting a bipod.
Visit our TITAN HANDGUARD image page.
I ended up sticking with the factory block to expedite the completion of this rifle.
Unfortunately with the State of Connecticut's "Assault Weapon" ban I will not be able to utilize anything threaded to the barrel. Here's a few for the readers of this page
Sku 56090 $1350
Check out some images here
Leupold's Alumina flip-back lens covers provide protection against water, snow, dust, and dirt; yet allow your scope to be ready at a moment's notice. These thread-on covers feature powerful rare earth magnets to hold the lens covers securely closed. Objective and eyepiece covers feature triple O-ring seals to keep the lens clean and dry. These covers feature rugged aluminum construction. They flip back to a low-profile position where they are out of the way and out of your line of sight. Leupold Alumina flip-back lens covers are avialable for most Leupold scope objectives and eyepieces.
The lens covers are quite simply the best flip back, flip up lens covers period. They are expensive but worth every cent. These lens covers should come standard rather then the Leupold branded Butler Creek Blizzard Scope Covers.
The covers used with the Leupold Mark 4 are the EP 59055 Standard Eyepiece and the 59050 for the 50mm objective lens.
I wanted a QD mount with integral rings for this rifle for a couple of reasons.The first being the ability to remove the scope without tools to facilitate testing different optics. Secondly I liked the precision that an integral unit offers. Theoretically the rings should be aligned a little better and need less lapping. Lastly the Lt mount has nice lines and radiused edges. It looks and feels nice. Larue Tactical mounts have a reputation for being precise, rugged and reliable. The cost for those three characteristics is about $200. If your just going to put on a scope and leave it mounted you can save yourself some cash by going with the Armalite mount at about $80. Its battle proven. Brownells had a few QD mount offerings that I will try on later projects. Especially interesting where the GG&G Accucam and JP Rifles models. Lastly Brownells has American Defense that looks robust and very promising. I had not seen them before.
Selection: I thought I needed the LT-104 as it was mentioned on the Larue Tactical site as being ideal for AR-15 rifles. Just to double check I sent LT an email from their product page and within 12 hours I had a reply from Brian at Larue Tactical. Here is Brian's response to using the LT-104 "if you plan on shooting 500-600m plus regularly, the LT158 has 10 MOA extra elevation built in, it will work as well" .
I opted for two different brands of magazines, the official DPMS MA-3082 19 round and C Products 20 round model 510. The DPMS cost $45 regularly but with the current shortage of gun parts they are being sold online and at gun shows for $70. C Products cost $22 direct from the manufacturer. The magazines arrived in about two months after placing the order.
Originally I had wanted a Bobro Engineering bipod for this build but they aren't currently available. I tried a Tango Down (see note at top of page) that did not work for me. In the end I settled on the GG&G Heavy Duty XDS Bipod. This unit is a bit pricey and heavy. The only other option would have been the Harris Bipod which is an outstanding value.
Below is a list of the manufacturers and sources I used or mentioned for this build.