AR 308, AR-10, 308 AR Receiver Selection Guide
The upper and lower receiver are the center of a 308 rifle build. Your 308 AR rifle build must start with the selection of an upper and lower that suits your application and tastes. Fortunately today there’s a vast array of offerings to choose from.
If you want an actual AR-10, Armalite is your only choice. Armalite offers two different lower receivers, AR-10 Series “A” and AR-10 Series “B”. Today starting from scratch our recommendation would be to build an AR-10 Series “A” for the sole reason of being able to utilize common, reliable and inexpensive Magpul LR 308 PMAG magazines. There are other polymer compatible magazines as well.
308 AR, AR-10 Upper and Lower Bargains?
Research the 308 AR, AR-10 Upper Receiver and Lower Receiver Bargain
Lately we have been getting a lot of emails from shooters buying 308 AR and AR-10 upper and lower receivers as separate components at a good price. All these folks have one common problem. They were blinded by the deal of a cheap upper or lower receiver. They are learning a painful and in many cases an expensive lesson. All 308 AR Upper and Lower Receivers are not interchangeable between the various brands and manufacturers. Do your research before you pull the trigger on that new receiver purchase. Remember the old adage “if it sounds to good to be true it probably is”.
Armalite is the only AR-10
Armalite is the only AR-10
For some reason some shooters like to argue this simple fact. AR-10 is a licensed and trademarked rifle manufactured by Armalite. The AR-10 comprises two models. The AR-10A and AR-10B. Read the differences here. The Armalite AR-10 in either form is does not share as much commonality as the DPMS LR-308/KAC SR-25 platforms. The Armalite AR-10 upper and lower receivers do not mate up properly with DPMS LR-308/KAC SR-25 platforms. Armalite AR-10 models utilize a different bolt and barrel extension than the DPMS LR-308/KAC SR-25 platforms.
To refer to all 308 AR rifles as AR-10 is wrong and inaccurate. To refer to all 308 AR’s as AR-10’s is like saying all bolt action rifles are Remington 700 models.
Match Upper and Lower Receiver Brands
Match Upper and Lower Receiver Brands
Today it’s our opinion that it’s a best practice to buy a 308 upper and lower of the same brand!
There’s a few reasons for this. Some 308 AR manufacturers only offer their 308 receivers in matched sets. This is done for the best fit and function of a rifle. Another compelling reason is warranty and support. Most manufacturers will not warranty or support a rifle of mixed brands. Aesthetics would be another reason. Today there are creative liberties taken with the receivers that simply look silly when mixed and matched.
The patented Integrated Folding Lower Receiver was an idea floated several years back by a friend of 17 Design & Mfg, who would become the CEO of Shield Arms. We recently brought this idea back to life in a joint project as a submission and down-selected submission for the US Army’s Sub Compact Weapon System solicitation. While integrating a folding mechanism into the standard operating system of the AR-pattern rifle is far from simple, our extensive knowledge of manufacturing and engineering allowed for a high production, repeatable, first-of-its-kind product that will shape the AR market for years to come.
Cry Havoc Tactical takes their QRB (Quick Release Barrel) Upper Receiver Takedown Kit and scales it up for the big guns! Designed for your 308 AR or 6.5 Creedmoor the QRB allows you to quickly detach the barrel giving you the ability to store or carry your rifle in a much-reduced profile and then when needed quickly reassemble the rifle while holding within 1 MOA.
The May Builder Set features an “Exotic” Tiger Stripe finish from Nevada Cerakote. This unique set features hits of Burnt Bronze with golden highlights atop an Armor Black fade. The Tiger Stripe pattern is laser etched into the finish giving it a unique and comfortable texture. With the swirl of pop-culture references related to a certain feline monarch, you’d have thought we planned this, but the timing of our Burnt Bronze Ripshard is purely coincidental and we couldn’t resist having a bit of “Exotic” fun with the name. Snag a piece of pop culture history and set your next build off right with the May Exotic Tiger Stripe Builder Set.
The Aero Precision M5 Stripped Lower Receiver has been machined to MIL-SPEC tolerances and finish to ensure the highest quality receiver. For best results, complete this lower receiver using the Aero Precision M5 Lower Parts Kit (sold separately) It is specifically designed to work with the M5 Lower Receiver and includes custom takedown and pivot pins as well as an extended magazine catch button. The M5 grip tang has been machined for a nylon tipped upper tensioning screw. This screw allows any slack present when assembled with an upper receiver to be adjusted out for a tight fit.
The Aero Precision 2018 October Builder Set features an M5E1 set with a Ammo Can finish done by Blown Deadline.
This package deal includes the finished pieces you need to assemble your own Ammo Can M5E1 Rifle, including an M5E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver, M5 (.308) Lower Receiver and our Gen 2 Enhanced Handguard of choice all finished in custom Ammo Can. Stand out at the range with a unique and eye catching build. This is a one time offer for this finish – once they are gone, they are gone!
Cadex Defence the folks who developed the Remington XM2010 sniper rifle, and their own line of sniper rifles and chassis also offer up their own AR-10 B compatible lower receiver the Cadex Defence CDX-10.
Cadex Defence CDX-10 AR10 lower receiver is manufactured to fit Armalite and Noveske upper receiver assemblies. It is precision machined from aeronautic grade 7075-T6 aluminum to provide the user with a high quality lower receiver for their AR-10 B rifle.
The Mega Arms MATEN 308 AR Receiver Set has long been my favorite 308 upper/lower combo. It’s precisely made, impeccably finished and looks great. It’s still my “Go To” for 308 AR rifle builds. The MKM is Mega Arms latest incarnation of the MATEN and includes a proprietary and clever barrel and keymod handuard retention system.
Aero Precision M5E1 Desert MAD Dragon 308 AR Builder Set, Product Sku: APPG308004 – The Aero Precision May Builder Set features a 308 AR receiver set with a Desert MAD Dragon Cerakote finish. These AR308 receivers are hand finished by MAD Custom Coating.
This package deal includes the finished pieces you need to assemble your own Desert MAD Dragon Cerakote M5E1 Rifle, including an M5E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver, 308 AR Generation 2 Lower Receiver, Generation 2 Enhanced Handguard of choice and Billet Trigger Guard all finished in Desert MAD Dragon Cerakote. Stand out at the range with a unique and eye catching build. This is a one time offer for this finish – once they are gone, they are gone!
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The Aero Precision M5 308 AR Stripped Lower Receiver helps you build a big-bore AR from the ground up. Mil-spec dimensions and coating ensure the highest quality and correct component interface.
Aero Precision Battleworn Orange Grey AR15 Builder Set APPG100025 – Aero Precisions October limited run builder set is for the AR15 platform and 308AR or AR-10. Too interesting not to share here though. BlownDeadline is certainly taking cerakote to a new level these days snd the “Battleworn Orange Grey” finish is a testament to that. This picture above reflects a 15″ KeyMod handguard,M-Lok is also available. Visit Aero Precision for ordering information.
Aero Precision Battleworn Orange Grey AR15 Builder Set APPG100025
The October Monthly Builder Set from Aero Precision features a custom Battleworn Orange/Grey Cerakote finish done by BlownDeadline, an industry leader in custom firearms coatings! These pieces feature a custom blend cerakote and are hand finished with no two sets being the same.
This package deal includes the finished pieces you need to assemble your own Battleworn Orange/Grey AR15 M4E1 Rifle, including an M4E1 Upper Receiver, Gen 2 Lower Receiver, Enhanced Handguard and Billet Trigger Guard all custom finished in Battleworn Orange/Grey. Stand out at the range with a unique and eye catching build.
Aero Precision has been offering monthly runs of AR15 and 308 AR parts in custom finishes. Septembers Aero Precision 308 AR Burnt Bronze Builder Set is gorgeous and an outstanding value for the 308 AR platform. Note: The builder sets are special runs and you need to get you order in when the sets are announced.
September features our first M5 Monthly Builder Set. This package deal features the pieces you need to assemble your own Burnt Bronze Cerakote M5E1 (.308) Rifle, including a AR308 M5 Lower Receiver, M5E1 AR308 Upper Receiver and 15″ KeyMod Handguard all in Burnt Bronze Cerakote. Stand out at the range with a unique and eye catching build. This is a one time offer for this color – once they are gone, they are gone!
Machined from 7075 T6 aluminum, the CMT 308 AR STRIPPED BILLET UPPER LOWER RECEIVER SET is ideal for starting an AR-style .308 rifle build. Receiver set uses standard DPMS type .308 lower parts, bolt carrier group, charging handle, and dust cover. Upper receiver is compatible with DPMS high profile style .308 handguards. Bolt catch assembly uses a hex head screw instead of a roll pin for easier installation. Upper tension screw is built into the lower so tightening the upper to lower is quick and easy. Ultra flared magwell on lower is wire EDM cut to accept P-Mags. Receiver set includes take down pin detent spring retention screw and a Mil-Spec hardcoat anodized finish. Does not come with forward assist.
JMT has now engineered the best polymer/composite .308 on the market today unparallel by any other with the same refined cosmetics that you find in their AR-15 composite / polymer lower.
MEGA ARMS MATEN – The MEGA ARMS MATEN billet receiver set will accept ALL DPMS & Knight Armament parts. All Armalite parts with the exception of the barrel nut, and magazine. Build your ultimate hunting, tactical or target rifle without having to compromise. The MEGA ARMS MATEN will be sold only in sets (upper and lower) including a charging handle, threaded bolt catch pin, take down pins, tensioning screw, and door. This was done to guarantee the best possible upper to lower fit and finish. Using the MEGA ARMS MATEN platform also allows you the most options on your next build.