My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

The_Hoff

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Well I finally got the base of my long range AR setup!
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the rifle is a bastard child with a rock river arms lower and a stag arms upper.
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this rifle has a 24" SS heavy BBL chambered in 5.56 NATO. it has a low profile gas block and a hogue free float hand guard.

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the Caldwell bipod is temporary until my Harris comes in.

there are a few minor things on my todo list to finish up my rig:

1. replace trigger with two stage match trigger
2.replace pistol grip with a more ergonomic option
3.install a new charging handle for easier use with scope
4.better quality glass
5. new bipod and sling

over all i am happy with it right now and on its 1st trip i was ringing steel at 300yds!
 

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Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

looks like your putting some wolf down range. how did that work out i shoot some brown bear but try to stay away from it for about 80% of my shooting
 

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Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

Well my friend gave me 400 rounds of wolf and 100 rounds of M885 Penetrator 5.56. so i decided to use the cheap ammo to break in my barrel and then just for plinking with. got an order of quality .223 on the way right now.
 

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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: epdesign</div><div class="ubbcode-body">looks like your putting some wolf down range. how did that work out i shoot some brown bear but try to stay away from it for about 80% of my shooting </div></div>
    What is wrong with wolf for plinking?
     

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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    Oh yes sorry about the post above I left your sweet plinking machine out. Nice rifle and have fun shooting!
     

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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    you must be a very small person to shoot from a shortbed like that....
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    nice rifle. enjoy it!
     

    Jasonbu

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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    Not that I'm an expert, but it seems to me your to-do list will square you up. Trigger/glass and lots of ammunition. One can never spend too much money on a quality trigger and good glass. I often shoot from the back of a truck but only when the weeds are too high. With the grass cut so low I would belly down in the dirt and get that prone technique dialed in. When you load up the bi-pod it may slide on your bedliner. With that 24" barrel you can actually reach out near 1000yards with a nice heavy round (Hornady 75gr BTHP).

    Nice rig...
     

    Hellbender

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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: The_Hoff</div><div class="ubbcode-body">So does anyone have any ideas, pointers, or recommendations on what i need to do to smooth this rifle out into a long range rig?
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    Go to the SH Gunsmithing section and read my HOW-TO's for slicking up AR's. Start at #1 a page or two back.
     

    RockKrawler

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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: The_Hoff</div><div class="ubbcode-body">hellbender I am currently in the process of doing a few of your changes now and russellmn I am saving to get a magpull prs stoc
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    Nice rifle.
    You will like the PRS,it was one of the 1st things i picked up when planning my last AR build.
    Not to highjack,but here is the latest one.
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    Dirknar

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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: strangedays</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: epdesign</div><div class="ubbcode-body">looks like your putting some wolf down range. how did that work out i shoot some brown bear but try to stay away from it for about 80% of my shooting </div></div>
    What is wrong with wolf for plinking? </div></div>

    Wolf is baaaadddd for barrels. Steel jacketed bullets with a very thin copper coating. Steel on Steel= bad..
     

    Casey Simpson

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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    I think the Highpower guys will agree which is who I learned this from, but the PRS will not allow you to cheek the rifle far enough forward to get your cheek weld where it should be. I found that to be true. A simple A2 works superbly with the right rings/base. If its too low, add a Karsten. Also, the PRS dumps too much weight in the wrong place.
    Unless the wind is absolutely still, it moves the truck, but I know sometimes the grass is too friggin high to be on the ground.
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    Re: My First AR (long range rig) w/ pics.

    I love the PRS stock, allows me to easily adjust for different shooting position or when I wear a few extra layers in winter.
    A monopod from Accu Shot is a nice addition to the PRS

    Since you will be shooting from a bipod, balance will not be a factor.

    Get a Geissele match trigger and get your hands on some 75 BTHP.

    I found lots of valuable info and loads in the book "Black Magic" by John Feamster
    Enjoy your rifle, the AR is a great toy!
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